Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact for dialysis patients across the country. As advocates, volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors 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 Dialysis Patient Citizens Education Center celebrates OAM by promoting ways that community members of all ages can take part in helping people with kidney disease thrive. We encourage you to:
- Connect: Visit the Ed Center website to explore our resources and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
- Create: Attend one of our educational webinars and create an outreach event in your community about what you learned.
- Contribute: Help others by sharing your story about how kidney disease has impacted your life. Here are some examples.
Communities that support and recognize older adults are stronger! Join us in strengthening our community—this May and throughout the year. Visit the official OAM website for resources and activity ideas.