Older Americans Month Proclaimed in Scioto County
by Wayne Allen
Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. (AAA7) celebrates the accomplishments of our older citizens in recognition of May as Older Americans Month.
Each May is celebrated nationwide as Older Americans Month and this year’s theme for Ohio is “Unleash Your Power: Be a Golden Buckeye!” The AAA7 joins the Ohio Department of Aging in encouraging all of our Golden Buckeyes to unleash their power! Ohio is home to nearly 2.4 million adults age 60 and older, and another approximately two million baby boomers. Imagine the potential when all of them – more than 40 percent of our state’s population – have opportunities to grow, thrive and contribute.
As our population ages, communities are incorporating the needs, abilities and preferences of Golden Buckeyes into their plans and services. As one of the 12 Area Agencies on Aging designated in Ohio, the Area Agency on Aging District 7 is devoted to the idea that our older adults should be respected as vital members of society. The AAA7 helps Golden Buckeyes make informed decisions and access quality, person-centered services, supports and resources to meet their needs and enhance their lives. When Golden Buckeyes strive for the highest quality of life, they help Ohio stay on the leading edge of innovation and be responsive to our growing and changing older population.
In observance of Older Americans Month, representatives from the AAA7 and United Scioto Senior Activities (USSA) recently visited the Scioto County Commissioners Office in Portsmouth where a proclamation for Older Americans Month was signed by the Commissioners for this special observation.
“During this month, we celebrate our older Ohioans throughout our ten-county district and the many contributions they make to our communities,” commented Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director with the AAA7. “Older Americans are a valuable asset to our society, making many contributions that have been and will continue to be a vital part of what makes our district so very special.”
The Area Agency on Aging District 7 is a non-profit corporation that helps coordinate programs to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently at home or in their community through long-term care home and community-based options.
The AAA7’s Aging and Disability Resource Center is available to help provide assistance and answers to any questions the community may have regarding long-term care options and resources. The community can call Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm to speak directly to a nurse or social worker who will help answer any questions the caller may have.
Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711) or e-mail at email@example.com. The Agency also has a Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAgingDistrict7.
Learn more about Older Americans Month and find resources to unleash your power as a Golden Buckeye at the Ohio Department of Aging’s website (www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth).
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