The New Orleans Council on Aging is making plans for Senior Fest 2015, which will be held Friday, May 8, at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena. For information about supporting Senior Fest or becoming a sponsor, contact the Council on Aging at (504) 821-4121 or administration@nocoa.org.

The theme of this year’s Senior Fest celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities and helping others. Major sponsors include Peoples Health, Entergy New Orleans, Amerigroup Louisiana and Walgreens.

The theme also reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since then, the act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, personal care, legal assistance, elder abuse prevention and much more.

By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can “Get into the Act.” While the New Orleans Council on Aging provides comprehensive, direct services to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to emphasize how older adults can access the home- and community-based services they need to live independently in their communities. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities.