ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 2, 2016)—Orange County Department on Aging encourages the public to celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM) by learning about, supporting, and celebrating Orange County’s older citizens.

In 1963 the United States began to acknowledge the contributions of older people by using the month of May to celebrate OAM.  Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance recognizes the nation’s older citizens and their many accomplishments in their individual families and communities, as well as society as a whole.

This year’s OAM theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages. Older adults are a growing and vital part of our country.  The contributions they make to communities vary, but all play an influential role in the nation’s economy, politics and the arts. 

Older adults can flourish and make their mark, even if it’s later in life.  Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t publish her first book until she was 64.  Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence at age 70.  Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa when he was just shy of 76 years old.  Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work at age 69.  These famous older adults proved that it’s never too late to blaze a trail. 

Orange County Department on Aging’s two senior centers, the Passmore Center and the Seymour Center, offer a variety of services to older adults year-round. Not only do they offer service to older adults they offer many programs that are inspired, planned and implemented by creative, vibrant older adults.

Orange County recognizes the accomplishments of older adults in our communities and encourages adults to get involved by participating in senior center activities and special events, volunteering or simply sharing a story of how you are “blazing a trail” in your community.

The Passmore Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. The Seymour Center is located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

For more information about the services, programs, and events offered by the Department on Aging, please visit or contact the Passmore Center at 919.245.2015, or the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.