Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month – Never too Old to Play

It seems to me that we should celebrate the wisdom and strength of older Americans every day and not just one month of the year. Some of the best volunteers I have had in schools are older Americans. They bring a sense of wisdom and purpose to volunteering and mentoring. Older Americans connect with students in a way that younger volunteers cannot. They share stories of their lives and paint a picture of a world that is no longer here. Just think about it…what if a World War II veteran or Korean War veteran were to volunteer in a social studies class. Older Americans are a true asset to our society, and one that should not be forgotten.

“When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless.” 
John Gardner

Here are some excellent websites that support Older Americans Month:

“The wise don’t expect to find life worth living; they make it that way.”

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