Bloomington, Indiana – With the unveiling of the Senior Focus initiative, the Bloomington Commission on Aging is commemorating Older Americans Month in May. The campaign will celebrate people for their successes, persistence in the face of adversity, and presence as a role model for those in the group in order to appreciate the sacrifices of older adults in the community. The 2021 theme of Older Americans Month is “Communities of Strength.”

Community members are invited to nominate any Bloomington resident age 65 or older for recognition through the Senior Focus Program by Monday, May 31 using a form available at https://bloomington.in.gov/boards/aging. Nominators must make reference to the nominee’s resilience in the face of challenges and informal and/or formal contributions to the well-being of the community.  Self-nominations will be accepted.  Awardees will be recognized in the Commission on Aging bi-monthly newsletter, on social media, and in other local media outlets.

Nominations may also be made by email to owenss@bloomington.in.gov or by mail to City of Bloomington, Commission on Aging, 401 N. Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47402.  Nominators should include their name and relationship to the nominee along with contact information for both. A photo of the nominee is optional, with written permission from the nominee if selected.

Nomination deadlines occur twice a year on May 31 and November 30.

“In May, we celebrate the strength of older adults with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities,” said Commission on Aging Chairperson Phil Stafford.  “The commission hopes to recognize the contributions of older adults not only in May, but year-round through its Senior Focus program.”

The Commission on Aging serves as a catalyst for improving public awareness of the senior and aging community. The commission works in collaboration with diverse community members and organizations to build bridges, open dialogue, celebrate accomplishments, encourage programming, and explore issues and concerns of older adults.  The commission’s intent is to promote solutions to the problems and challenges and celebrate the contributions of our older citizens.