Did you know President Gerald Ford proclaimed Older Americans Month (OAM) in the year 1976? When it comes to aging, no two journeys are the same.
Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) celebrates older adults’ contributions over the years as well as their own unique set of needs and preferences.
The 2022 theme, Age My Way, will be focusing on aging in place. This month-long celebration will provide an opportunity for everyone to explore the many ways older adults can stay in their homes while staying involved in their communities. Additionally, the ACL will have discussions on how planning, participation, accessibility, and making connections all play a role in aging in place – emphasizing that what each person needs and prefers is unique.
While Age My Way will look different for each person, some common things everyone can consider include:
- Planning: Think about what you will need and want in the future from home and community-based services to community activities that interest you.
- Engagement: Remain involved and contribute to your community through work, volunteer, and/or civic participation opportunities.
- Access: Make home improvements and modifications, use assistive technologies, and customize supports to help you better age in place.
- Connection: Maintain social activities and relationships to combat social isolation and stay connected to your community.
There are many ways to get involved in celebrating older adults across the country. Everyone is encouraged to take part in Older Americans Month no matter your age. Get involved and receive the latest from ACL by visiting oam.acl.gov.
To learn more about ways to celebrate Older Americans Month this year, contact a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.