Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.
Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.
Health Professions Press will use OAM 2017 to focus on the wellness and well-being of older adults, and how we can best support and learn from our community’s older members. Throughout the month, HPP will share information designed to highlight elder rights, their memories, experiences, and ways to plan for their futures, as well as stories of inspiring older adults and lessons we can learn from them. Plus, activities that older adults can do to increase brain health and simply enjoy life!
Join us and ACL as we speak up for #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud this May!
Topics and Resources
Learning from Our Elders
Author and Nursing Home Administrator, Nancy Fox, shares the moment she realized the reason many older adults fear nursing homes, and the two elders who showed her why.
The Validation of Mrs. Trew (by Naomi Feil)
Creator of the Validation method for dementia care, Naomi Feil tells the story of an unforgettable older woman who was her childhood friend, and how she impacted her life and life’s work.
What Is It Like to Have Alzheimer’s Disease? (by Richard Taylor)
The late Richard Taylor was a retired psychologist when he was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 61. He wrote this eloquent essay on his experiences as his disease progressed.
There is no better way to learn about issues in assisted living than from the residents themselves. Here, they give insight and advice on handling bullying behaviors among fellow residents.
Planning for the Future
Known as an expert in aging and housing, Stephen Golant, Ph.D., is frequently called on by corporations, universities, state government agencies, and national organizations as a lecturer and adviser. Here, he answers questions on aging in place and other residential housing options for older adults, and how to begin making decisions on where to grow old.
Spotlight on Elders
Activities for Older Adults