Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Burnett County. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.

Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, OAM provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent, and resources to help communities support and celebrate their diversity.

This year’s OAM theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect with friends, family, and local services and resources.
  • Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

The ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin will celebrate OAM by promoting ways that community members of all ages can take part in helping Burnett County thrive. We encourage you to:

Connect by participating in social events utilizing the ADRC Bus, gather with other caregivers at a Powerful Tools workshop, connect to others dealing with chronic disease at a Health Living workshop.

Create by joining a quilting club, registering for a painting class, researching family history with help from your local library, and creating handmade cards at your local senior center.

Contribute by volunteering at your local meal site or as a medical driver, become an evidence-based program trainer, join an advisory board.

Communities that support and recognize older adults are stronger! Join us in strengthening our community – this May and throughout the year. Visit www.acl.gov/oam/2019/older-americans-month-2019 for ideas and inspiration, and follow ACL on Twitter and Facebook.

Provided by: the Administration for Community Living

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Last Update: Apr 24, 2019 11:17 am CDT

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