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May Is Older Americans Month

Published: April 27, 2016
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Older adults have made countless contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for future generations. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May.

This year’s Older Americans Month theme -- “Blaze a Trail” -- acknowledges the perennial contributions of older adultsand invites us to be trailblazers in promoting activities, inclusion and wellness for older Americans in our community.

Methodist Hospital

  • May Day baskets will be made and delivered to patients by Volunteens on Monday, May 2, since May 1 falls on a Sunday when the hospital lacks volunteers to make the deliveries.

  • Get-well cards made by area children will be delivered to patients throughout May.

  • "Wisdom of Aging" cards will be placed on patient meal trays on selected days in May.

  • Older adult patients on 4 South and 7 South will enjoy a mini-spa day.

  • Older Americans' posters will be placed in the Family Resource Center on the first floor.

  • Prayer cards promoting Older Americans Month will be available in the Methodist Hospital Chapel.

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital & Council Bluffs

  • On May 13, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Family Resource Center staff will be at the Council Bluffs Senior Center. Stop by from 8 a.m. to noon for free blood pressure and BMI checks and medication cards.

  • Additional resources available in the Family Resource Center include Go4Life exercise and physical activity booklets as well as DVDs from the National Institute on Aging.