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Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Older Americans Month celebrates engaged living

Happy Older Americans Month! While we acknowledge the value of older Americans every day, the month of May is a special time to celebrate the fact that older Americans contribute in many ways that make a difference in their communities. 

This year’s theme, Engage at Every Age, recognizes that you are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that enhance our physical, mental and emotional well-being and connect to our communities. 

“Research suggests that seniors who are socially engaged also are healthier, mentally and physically,” said Lance Robertson, head of the U.S. Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging with the U.S. Department of Human Services. “People engage to help others, by volunteering at their church, mentoring younger people or helping to raise grandchildren, for example. They engage to stay healthy – maybe they learn to dance or to better manage chronic diseases. 

“I encourage Americans young and old – and, best of all, young with old! – to take a moment this month to share your stories. By sharing the stories of aging and older Americans, we celebrate our triumphs, share our wisdom, advocate for each other, and build stronger communities for all of us.” 

Robertson is urging everyone to share their stories through the Older Americans Month Selfie Challenge by posting a photo on social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #OAM18. You can post a selfie or group photo illustrating your participation in activities that improve your well-being or your contribution to your community. Other ideas for celebrating Older Americans Month can be found at the Older Americans Month website

This year’s theme resonates perfectly with our residents at Westminster at Lake Ridge, an Engaged Living Continuing Care Retirement Community. Westminster at Lake Ridge is home to an exceptional group of people who have been active and engaged all their lives and continue to enjoy daily activities that promote fitness, intellectual and spiritual growth. Many are pursuing second careers, following their passions or finding new ones, and continuing to serve their communities through volunteer work. 

Westminster at Lake Ridge is committed to the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a model of total well-being that takes into account not just physical fitness but emotional, intellectual, spiritual, occupational and social wellness. The community offers all of the services and amenities that empower residents to create their very best retirement lives 

If you’d like to learn more about Westminster at Lake Ridge, please call 703-436-8122 or attend one of our upcoming informational presentations.


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