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This month is Older Americans Month and its theme “Age Out Loud” gives aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say.

We celebrate Older Americans Month at East Ridge at Cutler Bay through our community’s lifestyle enjoyed by residents. East Ridge residents certainly “Age Out Loud” as they are actively engaged and lead full lives—in many cases much more enriching than their life prior to moving to East Ridge.

The theme “Age Out Loud” shines a light on many important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. What it means to age has changed, and Older American Month 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.

Visiting the East Ridge community gives someone this perspective on aging. They’ll see residents participating in fitness classes, leading discussion groups, chairing committees, crafting, socializing, and so much more.

The history of Older Americans Month dates back to 1963 when only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. There was growing interest in seniors and President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens designated May as “Senior Citizens Month.” This was the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular, those who defended our country. Every president since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking the nation to pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities.

Living in life plan communities such as East Ridge at Cutler Bay helps older adults live with dignity and lead productive lives for as long as possible. Within the community—without needing to leave—there are preventative health services, transportation, elder abuse prevention, dining with friends and the ability to tap care resources should they be needed. Additionally, the maintenance-free lifestyle takes away the burdens of homeownership and residents enjoy each day to the fullest.

People are able to volunteer, take up challenging new interests, and pursue a foreign language, exercise and more. The accessibility of these activities makes a world of difference for seniors.

Let’s celebrate how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.