Older Americans Month: Engage at Every Age Back »

Courtesy: Older Americans Month

Written by Bethany Stoutamire (Former SDSU Extension Aging in Place Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA Member) under the direction and review of Leacey E. Brown.

May is the month of flowers, mothers, and…older Americans? That’s right, this month is Older Americans month and this year’s theme to Engage at Every Age. In honor of this year’s theme, here are five fun ways you can be active and engaged this month.

Visit a State Park and Go Fishing!

The weekend of May 18-20, the Department of Games, Fish, and Parks is hosting the annual open house weekend, where there are no entrance fees to enter the park and you don’t need a license to fish! You have lots of state parks to choose from.

Celebrate National Pizza Party Day!

The third Friday of every month is National Pizza Party Day. One fun way to celebrate may be to get together with friends, where each person bakes a different type of pizza and exchange the recipes with each other. You can also try to make homemade pizzas with the young children in your life. Even if you’re watching what you eat, you can try a healthy pizza crust or some of our other healthy pizza recipes. However, you can always celebrate the old fashioned way by going out to a pizza joint with friends and family.

Take a Class!

Check out your local library, community center, local craft or hardware store to see if they offer any classes for a skill you would like to develop more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, online platforms like YouTube and Coursera may have what you’re looking for.


Platforms like Volunteer Match and Volunteer Helpline can help you find a volunteer opportunity in your area. Volunteering is not only a great way to give back to the community, but can also help you meet others who share your interests and values and can also be good for your health.

Visit a Farmer’s Market!

In South Dakota, many farmer’s markets have their opening weekend in May. Visiting a farmer’s market is a great way to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, support local business, and maybe find a locally made gift for someone this Mother’s Day. If you’re able too, you could also ride your bike to the market, since May is also National Bike Month.

For more information, visit the Older American’s Month website.

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