May 02, 2022
May is Older Americans Month!
Every May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme, Age My Way, provides an opportunity to explore the many ways older adults can remain safe and involved with their communities.
The Alliance encourages everyone to make themselves aware of the work of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which focuses on how older adults can plan to stay in their homes and live independently in their communities as long as possible.
Planning, participation, accessibility, and making connections all play a role in aging in place. The National Institute on Aging, also part of HHS, has a web page which gives advice on how to plan to age in place if that is your preference.
“It is important to remember that every senior’s needs and preferences are unique, but wanting to age in place remains a goal for the majority of older Americans,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. “However, aging in place can carry risks and challenges, from falls to transportation issues. Planning ahead is important to prevent health problems and ensure that older people can enjoy the benefits of staying in their homes and communities.”