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Celebrate Older Americans Month

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Older adults are a growing and increasingly essential part of our nation. The contributions they make to our communities are diverse, deeply rooted, and their roles are influential. From 64-year-old Diana Nyad, who was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage to 94-year-old actress Betty White to 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of life.

In 1963, our nation began to recognize the contributions of older adults by naming May as Older Americans Month. 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, "Blaze a Trail," highlights the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work or passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.

While Crossroads Senior Living provides retirement living services to older adults year-round, it is using Older Americans Month 2016 to focus on how older adults in our community are leading and inspiring others, how we can support and learn from them, and how we might follow their examples to blaze trails of our own. Through May 20, Crossroads will accept stories of how older adults are blazing trails in our community. Do you give back through volunteer work? Have you discovered a new passion or hobby? How are you leaving a positive impact on the citizens of our community?

Crossroads encourages you to get involved by sharing your 400 words or less "blazing a trail" story. You can submit your story in person to 1380 Aspen Way in Delta or email it to kwilson@crossroadsalc.org. Be sure to include your name, age, phone number, mailing address, and email address with your submission. The contestants will be invited to a celebration of Older Americans Month on May 24 where the winner will be announced. The winner will receive a gift card to their favorite restaurant and their story will be published in our quarterly newsletter as well as the Delta County Independent. If you have questions please call Kylynn Wilson at 970-683-8044.

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