Older Americans Month, an annual observation of older adults, began May 1.
This year’s theme is “Connect, Create, Contribute,” which encourages older adults to volunteer their time, participate in wellness activities, and connect with friends and family.
“By engaging and supporting all community members, we recognize that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives,” according to a statement from the Administration for Community Living, the federal agency that organizes Older Americans Month.
U.S. Census Bureau data show that the number of people age 65 and older in the United States reached 49.2 million in 2016, accounting for 15.2 percent of the total population.
People in this age group are projected to comprise 1 in 4 U.S. residents in 2060.
The Postal Service is encouraging employees to participate in Older Americans Month by helping promote the important contributions of older community members.
The Administration for Community Living’s site has more information.