Older Americans Month: Communities of Strength - May 2021

Older Americans Month (OAM)

May is Older Americans Month in Alaska and a great reminder to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of older Alaskans. This tradition is based on the Older Americans month celebration that began with President Kennedy in 1963 to honor older Americans. Alaska’s senior advisory commissions, senior centers, and other senior community organizations will be hosting special activities during the month of May to honor the value that older Alaskans continue to contribute to their families and communities. 

  • 2021 Older Alaskans Month Proclamation
    Governor Dunleavy
    encourages all Alaskans to take time to engage with older Alaskans, and to acknowledge their ongoing and valuable contributions to our communities.

Communities of Strength

Join us in promoting activities, inclusion, and wellness for older Americans in our communities. Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The theme for 2021 is "Communities of Strength."

Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others. This OAM, we will celebrate the strength of older adults and the Aging Network, with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities.

  • Older Americans Month Toolkit
    "May is a month of fresh beginnings. Perennials bloom once again, blazing a trail of bright color. May is also when we celebrate Older American’s Month (OAM), acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation.

Learn more

For more information about this observance, please see: