Each May is observed across the nation as Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the contributions seniors make to their communities. This special observance was established in 1963 to acknowledge the contributions of past and present older citizens. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking the entire nation to pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. The observance is sponsored by the US Administration on Aging.
This year’s theme for the month, which is observed all across our nation and state, is “Never Too Old to Play!” During this month, the AAA7 joins with its providers, local senior centers, and other important partners in the aging network, in paying homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. This year’s theme also highlights the important role older adults play in sharing their experience, wisdom, and understanding, and passing that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways.
Representatives from the AAA7 and United Scioto Senior Activities (USSA) recently visited the Scioto County Commissioners Office in Portsmouth where a proclamation for Older Americans Month was signed by the Commissioners for this special observation.
“During this month, we celebrate our older Ohioans throughout our ten-county district and the many contributions they make to our communities,” commented Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director with the AAA7. “Older Americans are a valuable asset to our society, making many contributions that have been and will continue to be a vital part of what makes our district so very special.”
Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. serves the following counties in Ohio: Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton, providing services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.
Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Here, individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs. The Agency also offers an in-home assessment at no cost for those who are interested in learning more. Information is also available on www.aaa7.org, or the Agency can be contacted through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Agency also has a Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAgingDistrict7.
For more information about Older Americans Month, log on to, www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth/.