May is Older Americans Month
Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month, which was established in 1963. The 2019 theme is Connect, Create, Contribute.
- Connect with friends, family and services;
- Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment; and
- Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
Methodist Health System is committed to the care of older adults and their families. We have several geriatric models of care and are participating in the national Age-Friendly initiative to become an Age-Friendly Health System.
The Methodist Hospital Volunteer Department and the Acute Rehab Unit have been busy connecting with patients and celebrating with the following activities.
- May 1: Volunteens delivered May Day basket cards
- May 9: Pet therapy on Acute Rehab and the ACE Unit
- May 9: Healing Arts Therapy on Acute Rehab Unit
- May 12: A magician entertained on Mother's Day, followed by a family social
- May 13: Mother’s Day cards were delivered
- May 28: Cards will be delivered to all veterans on the units
The Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit at Methodist Hospital will be celebrating during the week of May 19-25 with the following activities:
- Unit T-shirts developed by nursing staff will be worn
- Monday-Friday: A daily Walking Frenzy – music and treats at 11:15 a.m.
- Monday-Friday: Oldest Person “Wisest” on the unit will be recognized
- May 23: Spa Day – nail polish, lotions, massages and treat cart
- May 24: Breezeway celebration with cake and music for patients, families and staff
Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger. By engaging and supporting all community members, we recognize that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, work environments and lives.
If you have a relative or friend who needs aging services and they don’t live in Nebraska, consider using the Elder Care Locator, a free service.