May is Older Americans Month
OAM 2019 #ConnectCreateContribute
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) was created to support the principle that older adults and people living with disabilities should be able to exercise their right to self-determination: to contribute to their communities, living where they wish, and with the people they choose. For more information about ACL, please go to: https://acl.gov.
Led by ACL each May, the Older Americans Month (OAM) website offers resources to help communities celebrate and support their diversity. In fact, they have been recognizing this population’s contributions for 56 years. The theme for this year’s observance of Older Americans Month is “Connect, Create, Contribute”. As outlined on the Older Americans Month website, https://acl.gov/oam/2019/older-americans-month-2019, 46 million Americans were over the age of 60 in the year 2000. By next year that number will have increased to 77+ million. Over the next 11 years, 1 in 5 seniors will retire. These individuals may begin to participate in new ways where they live. And, older adults will continue to contribute daily as they always have, to improve quality of life in our communities
Throughout this May and for the rest of this year, the OAM theme invites us to: “Connect” with family, friends, and local resources; “Create” through activity engagement supporting personal and community enrichment; and “Contribute” in ways that are of benefit to others.
At Care Around the Block (CAB), we support older adults not only through our care management and care partnering services, but through our “give-backs” to the community. These “give-backs” offered through CAB Club Community include educational presentations about topics related to aging well, monthly Back in the Day Music and Memory Café and in-office caregiver support group meetings for families living with dementia, and periodic offering of the evidence-based Savvy Caregiver Program. Visit the CAB Cub page to see current and future events.
How are you, your company, organization, or family supporting older adults in your community this month and into the future? Visit acl.gov/oam online for more information, or follow them on their Facebook or Twitter pages to join the conversation of how you support this growing population in aging well.
Written by Elaine Wilson