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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 May as 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.

This year, Age Strong Chaffee is excited to celebrate OAM with our partners in the aging community. Follow along throughout the month to find resources on aging in place, wellness, and social opportunities.

Diverse communities are strong communities. Ensuring that older adults remain involved and included in our communities for as long as possible benefits everyone. Chaffee County Public Health is inviting county residents to help in strengthening our community: join them every week for free “Yoga for Grown-ups” in Buena Vista and Salida, as well as weekly game afternoons in BV and Salida.  Visit www.embracingagingchaffee.com for more details as well as other unique opportunities and events for older adults in Chaffee County.

For more information on how you can get involved in making Chaffee County an even better place to age in place contact Molly Bischoff at mbischoff@chaffeecounty.org.