Elders play vital, positive roles in our communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too is how they age and how they choose to do it – and there is no “right” way. That’s why the theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2022 is “Age My Way”.
Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the celebration of Older Americans Month. This year’s theme focuses on how elders can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose.
- 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.
Diverse communities are strong communities. Ensuring that elders remain involved and included in our communities for as long as possible benefits everyone. The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) is excited to celebrate Older Americans Month with our partners in the aging community. Follow along on our social media channels throughout the month to find resources on long-term services and supports, caregiving, and social isolation.