Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. Today, aging is about living the way that suits you best. More than ever before, older Americans are changing attitudes about what is possible by reinventing themselves through new passions, new careers; mentoring others, becoming students, or getting involved in new activities or the arts!
Take Actress Betty White, now 95 years old, she became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live in 2010, coincidentally during May—the same month recognized as Older Americans Month.
Washington state is home to over 1.5 million older Americans who richly contribute to our community. We are fortunate to live in a state which provides opportunities that enrich the lives of individuals of all ages by involving older adults in the redefinition of aging in our communities, promoting home-based and community-based services that support independent living, encourages older adults to speak up for themselves and for others, and providing opportunities for older adults to share their experiences and knowledge.
Since 1963, May has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stores, and their contributions. The 2017 theme for Older Americans Month, “Age Out Loud”, celebrates giving a new voice---one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say! Get engaged by supporting older adults as they take charge of their health, explore new opportunities and activities, and focus on independence through the support of family caregivers and by promoting dementia-friendly communities!
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Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board and Washington State Council on Aging