Aging is a process that should be celebrated every day
How Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc., makes aging our business
June 16, 2016
By Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director
Area Agency on Aging District 7
May was a pretty special time of the year at our Agency - it was Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the wonderful contributions given by so many older Ohioans in our communities and express our gratitude for their years of positive influence and dedication to their families, friends and neighbors.
The Ohio Department of Aging used the month to launch an exciting new theme, "Aging. It's Everybody's Business." We join with our providers, local senior centers, and other important partners in the aging network, in recognizing older adults and the people who serve and support them as powerful and vital citizens who greatly contribute to our communities - in May and throughout the year.
So why is aging OUR business? Well, with "aging" in our organization's name, it's pretty clear that aging is very important and special to us, but what does that really mean? I always like to think of aging as just a process we are all experiencing everyday: babies are aging; teenagers are aging; and adults are aging. Every birthday we celebrate, we are celebrating another year of aging.
Society has sometimes portrayed aging in a negative light. Who hasn't seen the "over the hill" cards or the gag jokes someone receives at a big milestone birthday. But really, it's a truly awesome celebration. It's an opportunity to reflect on this process that we all go through life experiencing.
We can't stop aging, but we can try to make the experience positive. I like this quote by Betty Friedan, who says, "Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength." How true is that? We can't go back in time and relive our youth, but we can still experience adventures that make us feel young and good about ourselves.
I love the story from last year where a 92-year-old became the oldest woman to complete a marathon. She only started running marathons at the age of 76! Nothing is stopping us from chasing our dreams - no matter what our age!
And that is why aging is our business and why we are excited to be a part of this network. We try to make that process better for individuals; whether by teaching about resources in the local area, helping people receive services so that they can stay in their home, providing them with wellness opportunities to help them live life better, or hosting events like our Art Show to showcase a special talent they may have discovered later in life.
Aging is really everyone's business because it is something we all do each day. We're honored to be a part of helping people experience that in a better way.
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