Since 1963, May has been designated “Older Americans Month,” honoring the stories and continuing contributions made by older Americans. The 2017 theme is “Age Out Loud.”
Today, aging has changed; it is about eliminating outdated perceptions and redefining aging. Older Americans are about changing; experiencing life -- what is possible by reinventing themselves through new passions, careers, mentoring or even becoming students.
They are not ready for the “old folks home.” Take for example, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney, who are still “rocking it;” the beloved Betty White at 95, who is still acting; and the giddy “Sock it to me” girl, Goldie Hawn, who at age 71 has a new movie out this spring.
Pierce County’s older citizens, while richly contributing to their community, redefine aging with help of organizations like Pierce County Aging and Disability. It promotes home-based and community-based services supporting an independent lifestyle.
By promoting aging and dementia-friendly communities in Pierce County, you are supporting older citizens as they take charge of their health, explore new opportunities and focus on independence.