Commemorating May as the "Older Americans Month" began in 1963 after a meeting between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens. It is a celebration of the wisdom, strength, resilience, and the vigor of old age.
Each year, a different theme is used to mark the month. The theme for 2018 is "Engage at Every Age." Jeanette Ellington, Executive Director of the West Ouachita Senior Center, encouraged the local community to "celebrate the many contributions that our elderly have made in the community and promote their skills and talents."