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Older Americans Month- May


Connect, Create, Contribute

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme,  Connect, Create, Contribute , encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect  with friends, family, and services that support participation.
  • Create  by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute  time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.


Find activities, opportunities and other programming below

Click here to view the 2019 

Spring Senior Program Guide.  

Click here to view the 2019

Summer Senior Program Guide.


OAM History

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.


2019 City of Boulder Declaration

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