Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Let Older Americans Month (OAM) be a reminder that aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.
Take Sandy Bowen, for example. A Heart ‘n Home Nurse who dreamed of becoming a Nurse for as long as she could remember. At age 51, she decided to go to school and pursue her degree. After she completed her LPN, she had to leave the program for a short while to assume management of their family business. Just two months before her 55th birthday, she graduated as a Registered Nurse. Sandy shared, “Non-traditional students are at a great advantage over the new graduates. Life experience provides us with many reference points and helps us to understand. We are focused, sometimes we are really tired, but we know how to persevere and prioritize and see things through to the end. I have always felt very blessed that I was able to accomplish this goal.”
Since 1963, OAM has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.
Heart ‘n Home will use OAM 2017 to focus on how older adults in our community are redefining aging. We can also use this opportunity to learn how we can best support and learn from our community’s older members.
We encourage you to get involved by sharing a story of your own or someone who is special to you on our Facebook page and use the hashtags #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud.