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Diversity Events

May 2018: Older Americans Month and Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The month of May is proclaimed Older Americans Month throughout the nation. The theme for 2018, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that one is ever too old to take part in wellness activities that can improve one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and celebrates the countless ways older Americans make a difference in our communities.

The month of May also is recognized as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, in celebration of the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Western Missouri

  • Join Kansas City’s aging experts, advocates, and innovators for an Innovation in Aging event presented by Aging2.0. This free event presents speakers covering topics related to aging and innovation, followed by in-depth discussion. The event occurs on May 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and is located on the first floor of the GlynnDevins office at 8880 Ward Parkway.
  • The 2018 Mid-American Asian Cultural Festival returns on Saturday, May 12. Activities include meetings with special guests, move stars, Asian food tastings, martial arts demonstrations, -yo-yo demonstrations, and many children’s activities. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center located at 6000 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas.

Central Missouri

Eastern Missouri

  • The St. Louis Agency on Aging (SLAAA) is proud to announce the 21st annual “Spring Jubilee” in celebration of Older Americans Month in May. This year’s event will take place on Friday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Upsilon Omega Foundation, 3900 Goodfellow Boulevard. Doors will be open at 9:30 a.m., and this event is free to all City of St. Louis residents who are 60 years old or older.
  • St. Louis is the proud host of one of the most prestigious Senior Games in the country. With the help of over 200 volunteers, more than 1,100 athletes are able to participate in ninety events. The St. Louis “J”, Jewish Community Center, is hosting the 39th annual St. Louis Senior Olympics. The Senior Olympics will take place from May 24 through May 29, with the registration deadline ending on May 2.
  • Join the Japan American Society of St. Louis for A Celebration of Japanese Culture on May 6 at 11 a.m. for an afternoon of family fun at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park. This free event includes a tea ceremony demonstration, kamishibai storytelling, and a shishimai lion dance. For more information, call 314-516-5754.

Visit these resources to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States:

For resources on the contributions of older adults in Missouri, visit one of our regional agencies on aging:

Useful information for older Missourians and their families may be found by visiting the following:

  • The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services provides information on independent living, employment, elder abuse, and much more.
  • The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging provides older residents with details on a variety of subjects, including home-delivered meals, transportation, and care coordination.
  • Eldercare Locator connects those in need with services for older adults and their families. You can search by location or topic, including financial and legal assistance, housing options, health insurance, and volunteerism. You can also utilize this service by calling 800-677-1116.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging has a wealth of information and resources for older adults and their families. To learn more about the history of Older Americans Month, or to obtain materials and gather ideas to help your organization celebrate this observance, visit the website.


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