Aging Unbound is the theme for Older Americans Month in May, offering an opportunity to explore diverse aging experiences and discuss how communities can combat stereotypes. Older Americans Month is celebrated every May to recognize the impact older adults have within their communities and spotlight resources, services and individuals supporting the aging process such as senior center staff, home health care workers, family caregivers, advocates and volunteers. Click here for a list of Senior Day events in our region.
The Administration for Community Living leads this annual observance and establishes a new theme each year. For Aging Unbound, think of how everyone benefits when older adults remain engaged, independent, and included. Aging is different for each person but below are some ideas to start:
- Plan: Think about what you will need and want in the future and explore the options available to you.
- Engage: Remain involved in your community through recreation, work, volunteer, or civic participation opportunities.
- Be safe at home: Create a safe living environment to ensure longevity in the home by making home improvements and modifications, using assistive technologies and accessing caregiver resources.
- Stay healthy: Build a healthy lifestyle through movement, creating healthy eating habits and managing chronic health conditions.
- Connect: Combat social isolation by joining a local senior center, volunteering for causes you are passionate about, and staying socially and physically involved in the community.
Explore information on the Ohio Department of Aging’s website, www.aging.ohio.gov and call 937-223-HELP to learn more about what local services and resources the Area Agency on Aging offers or visit www.info4seniors.org.