It has been a little over a year since our lives were turned upside down when the COVID-19 pandemic took over the way our community interacts. We have had to adapt to new ways of supporting each other to find the strength and resilience that is necessary to keep united and strong. The power of engagement and connection is what builds and sustains a strong community.
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 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.
We are capable of building strength not only by bold acts, but also small ones of day-to day life that bring joy and fulfillment. Sharing activities with others – even virtually or telling about the experience later – we help them build resilience too.
This year, the Senior Dental Center will celebrate OAM by encouraging community members to share their experiences. Together, we can find strength—and create a stronger future.