Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging older residents to share their stories about responding to the coronavirus crisis as part of Older Californians Month.

“Older adults in California were the first to answer our call to stay at home,” Newsom said. “But your contributions go above and beyond physical isolation,” Newsom said. “You are role models to the rest of the world, proving that each of us can step up and meet this moment in our own unique way. Your stories of service and sacrifice will inspire others to make their mark during this crisis, just as you have.”

Throughout May, the state Department of Aging will share stories of older adults from across the state who have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic through telework, volunteerism, leadership, self-care practices, tutoring, caring for loved ones, and lending a virtual hand. In keeping with that effort, Older Californians Month this year was given the theme “Make Your Mark.”

Earlier this year, the CDA launched a program, dubbed “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check-In,” that encouraged California residents to stay in touch with older Californians during the stay-at-home order that Newsom issued March 19, to ensure they have food and other critical resources. The Make Your Mark campaign follows up on that effort.

“Older adults may be staying home to stay safe and save lives, but you certainly aren’t sitting out these challenging times,” said CDA Director Kim McCoy Wade. “Even behind closed doors and face masks, you are making your mark. Your sacrifices, your willingness to stay home to keep yourself and others safe, and your commitment to staying connected are essential, life-saving, and heroic.”

For more information, and details about how older Californians can submit their stories, go to aging.ca.gov/makeyourmark.