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One Financial Services celebrates Older Americans Month, This Year’s Theme, “Powered by Connection"

One Financial Services celebrates Older Americans Month, This Year’s Theme, “Powered by Connection"

April 30, 2024

Since being established by the federal government in 1963, Older Americans Month has been celebrated in May as a way to recognize older Americans' contributions to industry and culture, highlight aging trends and issues, and reaffirm our commitments to serving the older adults in our families and communities.

This year’s theme, "Powered by Connection," focuses on the impact that meaningful connections have on the well-being and health of older adults — a relationship emphasized in the U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory on the Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community.

Being connected is so much more than having someone to chat with. It's about the transformative power of community engagement which has proved to enhance mental, physical, and emotional well-being. A report from the National Academies of Sciences points out that nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are socially isolated.

Recognizing the importance of connectedness allows us to find ways to mitigate the issues of loneliness, isolation, and boredom which can lead to problems stemming from a decline in mental and physical health as well as susceptibility to being scammed.

There are many things you can do as an individual and member of a community to improve the quality of life for older adults.

  • Promote opportunities to engage in cultural activities, recreational programs, and especially interactive virtual events. A computer can be a lifeline to the world.
  • Help connect older adults with local services, such as senior centers and community programs designed for their age group. Finding a group with whom to play cards or take a bus trip can create new social connections.
  • Look for events or programs where older adults can serve as mentors to peers, younger adults, or youths. Volunteerism is good for the soul.
  • Help someone to find a new, or reignite an old passion, joining a club, taking a class, or learning to play an instrument. Maybe they’ve always wanted to paint or play the piano.   
  • Encourage the older people in your life to invest their precious time with people they may have lost touch with or would like to know better. Their memories are their legacy. Nothing is more valuable than developing deeper connections with your family, friends, colleagues, or neighbors.

At One Financial Services, we think of our clients as family. We are always here to help guide you through a happy and secure future.