Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Older Americans Month
May is Older Americans Month. The 2017 Older Americans Month theme is “Age Out Loud”. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, declares May Older Americans Month. The theme is intended to give aging a new voice – one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say about aging. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in 1965. Since that time, the act has provided a nationwide aging services network 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, preventive health services, elder abuse prevention, and much more. Older adults are a growing and increasingly vital part of our country. The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts. The theme for this year gives us an opportunity to shine a light on many important issues and trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things and engaging in their communities. They are taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. They expect to live their life to the fullest. What it means to age has changed and Older Americans Month is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today. While The Dale Association provides social and supportive services for older adults year round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to focus on how older adults in our community are leading and inspiring others, how we can support and learn from them, and how we might follow their examples. It’s also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities. Throughout the month, The Dale Association will be conducting activities and proving tips on how to access programs and resources designed to maximize the independence of older adults in our community. The annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. I hope you will participate.