Older Americans Month

Published May 2, 2022

By Chief Gary Batton


May has arrived and it is Older Americans Month. It’s a time devoted to celebrating elders and their contributions, as well as raising awareness about issues related to age and aging.

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. They have designated Age My Way to serve as this year’s theme, as an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways elders can remain in and be involved with their communities.

Our elders are near and dear to our hearts at the Choctaw Nation. We value their experience, wisdom, and knowledge every day and throughout the year, because they are the link to connecting us and preserving our past.

I value the time that I am able to spend with our elders. It brings me joy knowing that I can tap into the wealth of knowledge that they possess.

Let us use this month as a reminder to recognize and value the significant role our elders play in our culture.

Yakoke and God bless!