May is Older Americans Month! Led by the Administration for Community Living, this year’s theme focuses on Communities of Strength, recognizing the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and engagement that build strong, resilient communities.
During challenging times, we find strength in our communities. This is certainly evident time and again at Carroll Lutheran Village, as residents and team members have found new ways to support and encourage each other.
Older adults are a foundation of this strength within CLV and throughout the surrounding community. Through a variety of experiences, successes and difficulties they have built resilience to face new challenges while creating a stronger future.
Each year older adults continue to make a positive impact in our society. Celebrate Older Americans Month by implementing these valuable tips to maintain a strong community all year long.
- Look for joy in the everyday
Celebrate small moments and ordinary accomplishments by taking the time to recognize them. Start a gratitude journal or call a friend or family member to share a happy moment or express how grateful you are to have them in your life.
- Reach out to neighbors
Although getting together in person may be challenging right now, you can still connect with your neighbors. Leave a small gift on their doorstep, offer to help with errands or deliver a homecooked treat. Maintain current relationships while aiming to establish new connections.
- Build new skills
Learning something new allows us to conquer different challenges. Register for a Lifelong Learning course, explore a new walking route, or try an exercise class either in-person or on Channel 24. There are a variety of exciting opportunities this spring that will allow you to experience something new.
- Share your story
Hearing how others experience the world helps us grow. Try interviewing family, friends and neighbors or begin writing down your own personal experiences. This can open new conversations and strengthen connections with others.
About the Author
Sherry Stick is the fitness and aquatics coordinator at Carroll Lutheran Village and has been working for CLV for nearly 20 years.