Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, the United States has celebrated 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, and 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 Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. provides elder law related services to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers us 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, I will be providing tips on my blog on how to access programs, resources and opportunities designed to educate seniors and their families and help seniors maximize their independence in the community.
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging office by visiting http://www.eldercare.gov/ or calling 1-800- 963-5337 to find ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans or get more information about services available to seniors.
If you have any questions about estate planning, please call the Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. to set up a free 15 minute phone consultation. Contact me today if you need estate planning, elder law, probate or guardianship assistance.