Older Americans Month 2015: “Get into the Act”
Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, making a positive impact in the lives of others.
The theme also reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since that time, the Act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, preventive health services, elder abuse prevention, and much more.
By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can “Get into the Act.” While the Kentucky Association of Area Agencies on Aging provides services and opportunities to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to emphasize how older adults can access the home- and community-based services they need to live independently in their communities. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities.
Throughout the month, the Kentucky Association of Area Agencies on Aging will be conducting activities, events, and providing tips on how to access programs, resources, and opportunities designed to maximize the independence of older adults in our community.To learn more about events and programs in your community, contact your local Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living!
How are all these events connected?
A family of five is given shelter with the help of an affordable housing program.
A grandmother enjoys her twilight years peacefully thanks to a flexible homecare program.
Workers at a regional industrial park have alternative and affordable transportation options for their daily commutes.
An entire community is furnished with affordable and reliable high-speed Internet connectivity.
A recent college graduate find the tools and financing needed to start a business in his hometown instead of moving to the city for work.
How are these events connected?
Our 15 Area Development Districts (ADDs) helped make them possible.
Area Development Districts are focused on developing and sustaining the fundamental building blocks for our state, regions, and local communities in today's rapidly changing global marketplace. This includes our traditional emphasis on strategic planning and project funding for clean and safe drinking water systems, health care facilities, affordable housing, small business development, and transportation improvements.