Two Female Senior Friends Hiking In CountrysideAccording to U.S. Census Bureau figures, our population is aging at a rapid pace.

In 2000, there were 35 million people age 65 and older. By 2016, the number had swelled to 49.2 million. That is an increase of 71 percent.

However, we aren’t just living longer. We’re also living differently than people in previous generations did during their briefer lifespans.

For one thing, a growing number of today’s seniors have either remained in the workforce or rejoined it. They are holding down full or part-time jobs. They do it out of a sense of financial necessity or simply because they enjoy it.

Besides spending time with family members and pursuing favorite hobbies, as people at that stage of life are generally inclined to do, many choose to participate in mentoring programs and volunteer with community and nonprofit organizations.

What is Older Americans Month?

What is now Older Americans Month began in 1963. At that time, only 17 million living Americans had celebrated their 65th birthday.

Back then, one-third of those Americans were living in poverty. There was also a shortage of programs caring for their needs. Representatives of the National Council of Senior Citizens met with President John F. Kennedy, which led to the establishment of Senior Citizens Month, which evolved into Older Americans Month (OAM).

A key purpose of this observance was to recognize the contributions of older Americans. There was a particular emphasis on those who defended our nation in the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, the federal Administration on Aging (AoA), an arm of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), leads the annual observance of Older Americans Month in May; and it spotlights contributions of older persons in general.

“Engage at Every Age”

As the OAM theme for 2018, Engage at Every Age promotes the importance of activity in peoples’ lives. Interacting with others of all ages and sharing the wisdom they have enables seniors to enhance their overall physical, mental and spiritual health.

At AmeriLife, we recognize and appreciate the positive impact older Americans make in everyone’s lives. Everyone benefits when seniors engage in meaningful activities and contribute to their communities.

Throughout May, we invite you to take part in the AoA/ACL Selfie Challenge. Show us the ways you are living an engaged lifestyle, with a selfie or a photo taken of you by someone else. Tweet it and include our Twitter handle, @AmeriLife, and the #OAM18 hashtag.

AmeriLife has served the insurance and retirement needs of our nation’s seniors for nearly 50 years. Our ultimate goal is to help them achieve peace of mind that can lead to longer and healthier lives.

We offer a variety of informational articles here on our website, including how to determine which cancer insurance policy is right for you, and how to set up an online Social Security account to view your earnings history and retirement credits, estimate benefit amounts, and more.

If you or someone you care for is approaching the age of 65 or has turned 65, and you are not sure if you or they have the resources to live worry-free, an AmeriLife representative can help you figure it out. Find an agent near you

May is Older Americans Month: Engage at Every Age

Two Female Senior Friends Hiking In CountrysideAccording to U.S. Census Bureau figures, our population is aging at a rapid pace.

In 2000, there were 35 million people age 65 and older. By 2016, the number had swelled to 49.2 million. That is an increase of 71 percent.

However, we aren’t just living longer. We’re also living differently than people in previous generations did during their briefer lifespans.

For one thing, a growing number of today’s seniors have either remained in the workforce or rejoined it. They are holding down full or part-time jobs. They do it out of a sense of financial necessity or simply because they enjoy it.

Besides spending time with family members and pursuing favorite hobbies, as people at that stage of life are generally inclined to do, many choose to participate in mentoring programs and volunteer with community and nonprofit organizations.

What is Older Americans Month?

What is now Older Americans Month began in 1963. At that time, only 17 million living Americans had celebrated their 65th birthday.

Back then, one-third of those Americans were living in poverty. There was also a shortage of programs caring for their needs. Representatives of the National Council of Senior Citizens met with President John F. Kennedy, which led to the establishment of Senior Citizens Month, which evolved into Older Americans Month (OAM).

A key purpose of this observance was to recognize the contributions of older Americans. There was a particular emphasis on those who defended our nation in the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, the federal Administration on Aging (AoA), an arm of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), leads the annual observance of Older Americans Month in May; and it spotlights contributions of older persons in general.

“Engage at Every Age”

As the OAM theme for 2018, Engage at Every Age promotes the importance of activity in peoples’ lives. Interacting with others of all ages and sharing the wisdom they have enables seniors to enhance their overall physical, mental and spiritual health.

At AmeriLife, we recognize and appreciate the positive impact older Americans make in everyone’s lives. Everyone benefits when seniors engage in meaningful activities and contribute to their communities.

Throughout May, we invite you to take part in the AoA/ACL Selfie Challenge. Show us the ways you are living an engaged lifestyle, with a selfie or a photo taken of you by someone else. Tweet it and include our Twitter handle, @AmeriLife, and the #OAM18 hashtag.

AmeriLife has served the insurance and retirement needs of our nation’s seniors for nearly 50 years. Our ultimate goal is to help them achieve peace of mind that can lead to longer and healthier lives.

We offer a variety of informational articles here on our website, including how to determine which cancer insurance policy is right for you, and how to set up an online Social Security account to view your earnings history and retirement credits, estimate benefit amounts, and more.

If you or someone you care for is approaching the age of 65 or has turned 65, and you are not sure if you or they have the resources to live worry-free, an AmeriLife representative can help you figure it out. Find an agent near you

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