INDIANA – 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 2022 is Age My Way. To recognize these amazing Hoosiers, Governor Holcomb has proclaimed May to be “Older Americans Month” in the state of Indiana.
Every May, the Administration for Community Living 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, utilize community resources to help maintain nutrition and physical activity, 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.
To find resources on aging in place, contact the INconnect Alliance. The INconnect Alliance is comprised of fifteen Aging and Disability Resource Centers, located within the Area Agencies on Aging, serving sixteen areas, throughout Indiana. To find your local INconnect Alliance member click here or call 1-800-713-9023.
Governor Holcomb’s proclamation may be viewed by clicking here.
The Division of Aging is a program of the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. If you have questions about Aging programs and services, visit them online at www.IN.gov/fssa/aging.