Older Americans Month 2017
More than 2.5 million Ohioans are age 60 or older today, and this group is growing more than 20 times faster than the overall population. This brings many challenges for our state and its communities, but it also presents some exciting opportunities. More than ever, older Ohioans are working longer, trying new things and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others.
What it means to grow older in Ohio and America has changed, and Older Americans Month helps us celebrate those changes. The 2017 theme, Age Out Loud, gives a new voice to aging – one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say about it. Now is the time for all of us to replace outdated views with perspectives that are based on facts and experiences instead of fear, and shine a light on many important issues and trends. Ohio has a tremendous opportunity for the future when we embrace our growing and changing population. It is time to Age Out Loud!
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About Older Americans Month
Since 1963, people in towns and cities across the nation have used the month of May to celebrate the contributions of older Americans. It's a time to honor our elders for their legacies, but just as importantly, it is an opportunity to promote opportunities for every elder to continue to grow, thrive and contribute. The Ohio Department of Aging has sponsored Older Americans Month in the state since 1977, and we use the month to kick off a year-long theme to celebrate Older Ohioans throughout the year.
The history of Older Americans Month in Ohio...