Older adults are a growing and increasingly vital part of our country. The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts.

In 1963, we began to acknowledge the contributions of older people by using the month of May to celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. 

This year’s theme, “Connect, Create, Contribute” emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our community. 

  ​The following websites offer information and tools to help you Connect, Create, and Contribute. 

Remember to call your local Maryland Access Point (MAP)​ office for information on local resources including but not limited to transportation and nutrition to caregiver support and finding affordable housing. 



A big part of the new way to age is a focus on physical and mental wellness.  

Local Resources: The Eldercare Locator connects older adults and their caregivers with trustworthy resources across the nation.

Health Insurance: State Health Insurance Assistance Programs provide free assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their families.

Bring Generations Together: Generations United works support intergenerational collaboration through public policies and programs.

Long-term Care: AoA assists older adults of any age to plan ahead for a lifetime of care.

Rights Protection: The National Center on Elder Abuse helps aging networks decrease elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Resident Rights: The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care helps residents understand their rights and get help if they need it.

Pension Rights: PensionHelp America helps consumers understand and protect retirement security.

Veterans: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a range of services, including benefit support and crisis services.​


Many people are redefining aging by trying new careers, classes, and hobbies. 

Explore the Arts: The National Center for Creative Aging provides resources that help older adults amplify their creative potential.

Inspire Creativity: Creativity Matters is a toolkit to support those who direct or want to start community arts and aging programs.

Keep Fit: Go4Life is campaign designed to help older adults incorporate physical activity into daily life.

Take a Class: The Lifelong Learning Institute Directory provides a national listing of programs in older adult education.

Arts Organizations: The National Endowment for the Arts provides support to state and regional projects.

Financial Plan: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides resources for older adults and their families.

Eat Healthier: The USDA explains how healthy eating can encourage a sense of well-being.

Activities for Fun: NIA shares benefits of participating in activities that promote health and personal enrichment.


More than ever, older adults are making a difference for themselves and in their communities through civic engagement. 

Volunteer: The Maryland Department of Aging offers opportunities for volunteering! Learn more.

Work: AARP provides support for older adults who wish to enter the workforce or change careers.

Train for Employment: The U.S. Department of Labor provides a community service employment program for older adults.

Aging Programs: ACL posts grant opportunities to support and expand emerging programs that serve older adults.

Protect Natural Resources: Volunteer.gov is an online portal that connects volunteers to projects that match their interests.

Teach Children to Read: Experience Corps screens, trains, and connects people 50+ with children who need help learning to read.

Give Back: Senior Corps volunteers address community needs, including tutoring, mentoring, and disaster relief.

Fight Hunger: Feeding America can put you in touch with the local food banks and meal programs in your area.

Be Heard: ACL regularly seeks input from older adults, caregivers, researchers, and practitioners on aging topics.​​