May is Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the lifelong contributions of our oldest citizens and their continued value to their communities. It is also a time to thank the legions of area agency on aging and senior center staff, long-term care workers, family caregivers, advocates and volunteers that make up Ohio’s aging network. To learn about celebrations in your community or to access services and supports for yourself or a loved one, contact your area agency on aging.
“We all have a role in ensuring that everyone has the ability to age with grace and dignity in the settings of our choosing, and with rich and meaningful opportunities to contribute and thrive,” said Ursel J. McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “It’s not just about increasing the years we have, but also increasing the quality of those years. Ohio’s aging network works every day to help all Ohioans live healthier, more active lives.”
Each year, the U.S. Administration for Community Living establishes a theme for Older Americans Month. Recognizing that each person’s life is unique, the 2022 theme is Age Your Way. While aging your way will be different for each person, here are some things you can do to mark Older Americans Month:
Explore information to help you do all these things on the Ohio Department of Aging’s website, www.aging.ohio.gov. Call 1-866-246-5678 to be connected to the area agency on aging serving your community to learn about resources and opportunities near you.