Older Ohioans’ diversity, values, insight, and experiences throughout their lives have helped to shape their communities. When empowered to connect with friends and families, as well as to local services and resources, older adults continue to thrive. When they are able to create and contribute to their neighbors, economy, and society, our state is better for it.
The Ohio Department of Aging coordinates a network of area agencies on aging, senior centers, service providers, advocates, and more. Every day, they help older Ohioans remain healthy and independent wherever they live. They also ensure seniors have opportunities to connect, create and contribute, which benefits them and all those around them.
We invite you to join us in celebrating older Ohioans during Older Americans Month through May. The 2019 theme for Older Americans Month is “Connect, Create, Contribute.”
Connect: Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
When they are able to connect with friends and family, older adults continue to play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods and the lives of their neighbors. Staying connected and involved also reduces isolation, prevents abuse and neglect, and leads to better emotional and physical health. Communities are stronger when they support and recognize the importance of including older adults in everything they do.
The Ohio Department of Aging and Ohio’s aging network provide services, supports, and resources that help older adults remain connected to the people and the things they value. These services include nutrition programs, health and wellness programs, caregiver support, community-based long-term care, and advocacy. Area agencies on aging, senior centers, local senior levies, and other resources help meet our older adult’s needs in their homes and communities. This helps them stay connected longer, which benefits them and everyone around them.
Create: Engage in activities that promote leaning, health, and personal enrichment.
Older Ohioans have spent their lifetimes adding to the creative fabric of their communities. Whether through art, service, or ideas, we never stop creating. A lifetime of creativity gives us the ability and opportunity to build our skills, explore new ideas, enhance our understanding, and enrich our lives. In doing so, we also enrich the lives of those around us.
Our older population is diverse, and so are their creative contributions. They are writers, singers, actors, artists, teachers, planners, and idealists. They build buildings and tear down walls. Their creativity allows their minds to continue to grow while feeding the minds and stoking the interests of others.
Ohio provides many opportunities for older adults to feed their creative fires. We have beautiful state parks, innovative museums and attractions, community senior centers, and colleges and universities that invite lifelong learners to their classes and programs.
Contribute: Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
Older Ohioans are an integral part of our society. Communities that think about them not just as a group that might need assistance, but as individuals who are still rich with values and abilities, benefit from their tremendous potential. Every day, countless older Ohioans contribute their time, talent, and life experiences to benefit others.
Older adults contribute in many ways. They remain in or return to the workforce to help drive our economy forward. They support vital organizations within their communities and our state through volunteer service. They are mentors and teachers for all ages. They advocate for and educate their peers and others to make decisions that will lead to better lives. They help where and when needed and serve as examples for the rest of us to follow.
Each year, organizations around the state host local events to celebrate Older Americans Month. Events include luncheons, outings, health and information fairs, volunteer drives, and more.
Find an event in your community or add your event to our list...
Community organizations are encouraged to partner to create events to mark Older Americans Act and provide services or resources to local residents. Potential local parnerships include:
We want to see images that show how you and your older loved ones and neighbors continue to connect, create, and contribute in your communities. Snap a selfie or have someone take your picture then post your image to social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) using the hashtags #OAM19 and #OhioSeniorsRock.
Encourage your peers to do the same and you might just gain a little inspiration from others.
We'll look for posts with these hashtags and share them on our social media, so post early, post often!
Learn more about Older Americans Month from the U.S. Administration for Community Living.