In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen this time and again in our Senior Community Service Employment Porgram (SCSEP) communities as friends, neighbors, and businesses have found new ways to support each other.
In our community, older adults are a key source of this strength. Through their experiences, successes, and difficulties, they have built resilience that helps them to face new challenges. When communities tap into this, they become stronger too.
Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads the celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme is Communities of Strength, recognizing the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and engagement that build strong, resilient communities.
Strength is built and shown not only by bold acts, but also small ones of day-to-day life—a conversation shared with a friend, working in the garden, trying a new recipe, or taking time for a cup of tea on a busy day. And when we share these activities with others—even virtually or by telling about the experience later—we help them build resilience too.
This year, Easterseals Oregon will celebrate OAM by encouraging community members to share their experiences. Together, we can find strength—and create a stronger future.
Here are some ways to share and connect:
When people of different ages, backgrounds, abilities, and talents share experiences — through action, story, or service — we help build strong communities, and that’s something to celebrate! Please join Easterseals Oregon in strengthening our community this May.