Established in 1963, Older Americans Month is celebrated every May to recognize older Americans’ contributions, highlight aging trends, and reaffirm commitments to serving the growing older adult population in San Bernardino County.

This year’s theme, “Powered by Connection,” focuses on the impact that meaningful connections have on the well-being and health of older adults — a relationship underscored by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on the Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community.

“Older Americans Month is about engaging with others and enhancing the mental, physical and emotional well-being of older adults so they can age safely in place,” said San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services – Public Guardian Director Sharon Nevins. “By acknowledging the role that connectedness plays, we can mitigate issues like loneliness, ultimately promoting wellness and healthy aging for the county’s older adults.”

What can you do to connect with others?

  • Contact your local senior center.
  • Register for Parks and Recreation classes and activities in your city.
  • If you’re feeling sad or alone, call the Friendship Line at (800) 971-0016.
  • Connect through technology – either through your existing devices or through the upcoming Access to Technology program offered by the Department of Aging and Adult Services – Public Guardian.
  • Stay engaged in your community by giving back through volunteering and mentoring.
  • Travel to see friends and family – dial 2-1-1 or visit if you’re looking for ride options or transit information.

Visit the Department of Aging and Adult Services | County of San Bernardino ( website or call 909-891-3900 for more information about our programs and services.

Additional County Update News – May 2, 2024