Older Americans Month

Age My Way 2022

Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too is how they age and how they choose to do it – and there is no “right” way. That’s why the theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2022 is Age My Way.

Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the celebration of OAM. This year’s theme focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose.

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.

Idaho includes a growing number of older Americans who contribute their strength, wisdom, and experience to our community.

Communities benefit when people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are welcomed, included, and supported.

The Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) recognizes our need to create a community that provides the services and supports older Americans need to thrive and live independently for as long as possible.

Idaho can work to build an even better community for our older residents by:

  • Planning programs that encourage independence.
  • Ensuring activities are responsive to individual needs and preferences.
  • Increasing access to services that support aging in place.

This year, the Idaho Commission on Aging is excited to celebrate OAM with our partners in the aging community. Visit the ICOA website for more information on aging resources to help.

Please visit the Michigan Health website for information on “Want to “age in place” someday? Take Action Now” and learn 4 key tips on how to successfully “age in place”.

Diverse communities are strong communities. Ensuring that older adults remain involved and included in our communities for as long as possible benefits everyone. Please join the Idaho Commission on Aging in strengthening our community.

For more information, visit the official OAM website, follow ACL on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation using #OlderAmericansMonth.