This month, the IDEAs Council chose to shine a light on ALS Awareness Month and Older Americans Month.

May is ALS Awareness Month and plays a pivotal role in spotlighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to loss of muscle control.

This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness, raising funds for research and providing support to the individuals and families affected by ALS. Some ALS Awareness Month activities that you can participate in, include:

  • Research educational campaigns about the symptoms, challenges and the urgent need for research advancements.
  • Find fundraising events such as walks and challenges that support ALS research and patient care services.
  • Participate in social media campaigns to share stories of those impacted by ALS, spreading awareness, and fostering a community of support.

By participating in ALS Awareness Month, individuals and organizations contribute to a greater understanding of the disease, help to improve the quality of life for those affected and accelerate the path toward finding a cure.


Older Americans Month, also in May, is a time to honor and recognize the contributions and achievements of the senior population. In 2024, the month focuses on their overall health and well-being. You can help by:

  • Attending community events and social gatherings that promote intergenerational connections.
  • Volunteering at opportunities designed for older adults to share their skills and knowledge, helping reinforce their sense of purpose and contribution to society.
  • At home, reach out to any seniors you know whether they be family, friends or neighbors. Helping an older neighbor can bring more benefits than you realize.

By celebrating a month for older Americans, we not only highlight their contributions but also address their unique needs and challenges. Creating support systems for aging Americans helps with improving dignity and increasing opportunities for their continued growth and participation.

The IDEAs Council will highlight the following topics over the next few months:

June – Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and World Refugee Day

July – Muharram Islamic New Year and Pioneer Day

August – Krishna Janmashtami and Marcus Garvey Day

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