Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. This organization was created around the basic principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities. In 2022, ACL will be focusing on aging in place. The 2022 theme is “Age My Way”, an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities.
While Age My Way will look different for each person, here are common things everyone can consider:
- Planning:Think about what you will need and want in the future, from home and community-based services to community activities that interest you.
- Engagement: Remain involved and contribute to your community through work, volunteer, and/or civic participation opportunities.
- Access: Make home improvements and modifications, use assistive technologies, and customize supports to help you better age in place.
- Connection: Maintain social activities and relationships to combat social isolation and stay connected to your community.