Older Americans Month

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.

Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A nurse for 55 years who dreamed of travel, at age 75 Hillary became the first African American woman to set foot on the North Pole. In 2011, at age 79, she set another first when she stepped onto the South Pole. Former president George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving. Actress Betty White, now 95 years old, became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live in 2010, coincidentally during May—the same month recognized as Older Americans Month (OAM).

Since 1963, OAM has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.

Jennings will use OAM 2017 to focus on how older adults in our community are redefining aging—through work or family interests, by taking charge of their health and staying independent for as long as possible, and through their community and advocacy efforts. We can also use this opportunity to learn how we can best support and learn from our community’s older members.

Throughout the month, Jennings will conduct activities and share information designed to highlight lifelong learning and celebration of life. We encourage you to get involved by participing in one of our events. Click here for programs and details.

Join us and ACL as we speak up for #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud this May!

 

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Celebrating Older Americans Month in May

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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According to the Ohio Department of Aging, Ohio has 2.5 million residents over the age of 60, and our 60-plus population is growing more than 20 times faster than our overall population. These trends present both opportunities and challenges for Ohio and its communities to unleash the power possessed by our elders by providing supports and meaningful ways for our Golden Buckeyes to continue to grow, thrive and contribute.

Adults over 60 are a 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. From 69-year-old NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. to 84-year-old actress Rita Moreno to 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of American life.

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In 1963, the United States began to acknowledge the contributions of older people by using the month of May to celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). The annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.

With more Ohioans living ‘well beyond’ 60, it is important to work together at all levels to help each other ‘live well’ beyond 60. This is not a goal that can be achieved by one or even a few groups working together. The activities and support that Jennings offers, in addition to partnering with others in the community at large, are part of helping those we serve to continue to “live well.”

Follow Jennings in social media for Older Americans Month (#OAM16) as we celebrate the stories of adults who are reinventing themselves and our communities (#BlazeATrail) and how growing older and living well is everybody’s business (#WellBeyond60). Share your stories too!

 

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