Older Americans Month Celebration

5/1/2021 - 5/23/2021

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2021 theme, Communities of Strength!, was selected to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that older adults make to strengthen communities.

This year’s theme highlights the difference everyone can make–in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities. This year we’re inviting you to nominate a senior (50+) who has helped strengthen the Lynchburg community! These awards honor older Americans within on their accomplishments in the following fields: Sports, Arts, Business/Entrepreneurship, STEM, Education, Community Service/Volunteering, Activism, etc…

Winners will be announced online and through a press release. A formal award ceremony will be held at a later date. #OAM2020 #Communityofstrength #LynchburgParksandRec

Application deadline is May 23. To fill out your application, click https://seam.ly/urPHVNZb 


Older Americans Month: Communities of Strength 

In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen this time and again in Lynchburg as friends, neighbors, and businesses have found new ways to support each other. 

In our community, older adults are a key source of this strength. Through their experiences, successes, and difficulties, they have built resilience that helps them to face new challenges. When communities tap into this, they become stronger too.

Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads the celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme is Communities of Strength, recognizing the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and engagement that build strong, resilient communities.

Strength is built and shown not only by bold acts, but also small ones of day-to-day life—a conversation shared with a friend, working in the garden, trying a new recipe, or taking time for a cup of tea on a busy day. And when we share these activities with others—even virtually or by telling about the experience later—we help them build resilience too. 

This year, Lynchburg Parks & Recreation will celebrate OAM by encouraging community members to share their experiences. Together, we can find strength—and create a stronger future. 

Here are some other ways to share and connect:

  • Look for joy in the everyday: Celebrate small moments and ordinary pleasures by taking time to recognize them. Start a gratitude journal and share it with others via social media, or call a friend or family member to share a happy moment or to say thank you. 
  • Reach out to neighbors: Even if you can’t get together in person right now, you can still connect with your neighbors. Leave a small gift on their doorstep, offer to help with outdoor chores, or deliver a home cooked meal.
  • Build new skills: Learning something new allows us to practice overcoming challenges. Take an art course online or try a socially distanced outdoor movement class to enjoy learning with others in your community. Have a skill to share? Find an opportunity to teach someone, even casually.
  • Share your story: There’s a reason storytelling is a time-honored activity. Hearing how others experience the world helps us grow. Interviewing family, friends, and neighbors can open up new conversations and strengthen our connections.


When people of different ages, backgrounds, abilities, and talents share experiences—through action, story, or service—we help build strong communities. And that’s something to celebrate! Please join Lynchburg Parks & Recreation in strengthening our community and nominate an Older American who strengthens our city. 

For more resources, visit the official OAM website, follow ACL on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation via #OlderAmericansMonth.

2020 Winners


Shirley Reed served for 37 years as an educator at Lynchburg General Hospital. Shirley is known in the Lynchburg community for her love of children and her commitment to their care while their parents worked in the hospital. She retired in 2008. Thank you for your service and care of so many children!



Volunteer Service

Barbara has served as a Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect since 2004. She is compassionate and concerned for the welfare of children. Barbara has dedicated untold hours to serving and protecting children. She is a part of the crucial service that is child advocacy. Thank you for your service in the Lynchburg community Barbara! 

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