Celebrate Older Adult Recognition Day in May
In April 2008, General Conference adopted legislation inviting congregations to celebrate Older Adult Recognition Day any Sunday during May. United Methodists are invited to show appreciation and support for older adults who continue to enrich and strengthen our faith communities.
In fact, older United Methodists are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in health care, education, technology, and financial stability over the last several decades that have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living. Older adults are out and about giving back and making a difference in their church and community.
Our seniors are mentoring the church leaders of tomorrow, taking to heart the need for intergenerational learning to guide and inspire young minds. They offer a take on times gone by not discussed in any history class -- a unique perspective that sheds new light on contemporary issues.
Older United Methodists help one another as disciples of Jesus Christ. Across the country, they connect with other seniors by delivering meals, helping with home repair, assisting with shopping, and offering companionship and care. Their efforts remind us that when older adults are active and engaged in their communities, everyone benefits.
Invite your church to celebrate Older Adult Recognition Day! Your congregation can choose the day in May that best fits your need. Join your neighbors not only to recognize what older adults bring to our congregations, but also to help them continue playing a vital role in weaving a unique and lasting community fabric.
Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been observed in the U.S. as a time to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of past and current older persons through ceremonies, event, fairs, and other such activities. The theme issued by the U.S. Administration on Aging for 2014 is "Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow." To learn more visit the U.S. Administration on Aging.
Or learn more about planning and promoting events in your community by downloading this activity guide (pdf)