Released: May 1, 2023
Each May, Delaware County Council embraces the opportunity to celebrate National Older Americans Month and shine a spotlight on the contributions of older residents across the County.
Nearly one in every five County residents is a senior. County Council recognizes the contributions of seniors to businesses, volunteer organizations, Veterans’ groups, places of worship, schools, and many other valuable organizations where they invest their time. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer and engaging in their communities. Seniors are striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others.
Older Americans Month was first created by President John F. Kennedy in May of 1963, a national month of recognition to be held each May to celebrate the vitality and achievements of older adults. This year’s theme, Aging Unbound, offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of aging experiences and to promote the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by paving our own paths as we age.
Aging is unique for everyone; however, older residents are encouraged to consider some key elements to enhance their quality of life:
Planning: Think about what you will need and want in the future, from home and community-based services to community activities that interest you.
Engagement: Remain involved and contribute to your community through work, volunteer, and/or civic participation opportunities.
Access: Make home improvements and modifications, use assistive technologies, and customize supports to help you better age in place.
Connection: Maintain social activities and relationships to combat social isolation and stay connected to your community.
During the month of May, County Council encourages seniors to attend a variety of events hosted by the County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA):
Friday, May 5, from 9 a.m. – noon
COSA is hosting the annual Celebrate Age Senior Living Expo at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester. The Expo is free and features entertainment, vendors, giveaways, raffles, and refreshments.
Monday, May 22, from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Delaware County Council and COSA will honor residents 100 years of age and older at the annual Centenarian Luncheon to be held at the Drexelbrook Banquet Center. Any resident turning age 100 or older in 2023 is invited to attend with a guest for free (additional guests are welcome with the purchase of tickets for $25 per individual). Centenarians can register by contacting Debbie Hedgepeth at (610) 872-1406.
Information on all COSA programs, events, and resources can be found on the COSA website at https://www.delcosa.org/.