Older Americans Month 2015
Would you like to be sicker or frailer? Of course not! Did you know that what you do to and for yourself throughout your lifespan has a greater impact on your wellbeing than genetics. Even as your abilities change with age, there is ALWAYS something you can do to be healthier, keep chronic conditions in check and live "Well Beyond 60!"
Take control of your health - According to the National Council on Aging, nearly three out of four older adults have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and lung disease. If left unchecked, these conditions can limit independence and lower your quality of life. But evidence has shown that individuals can successfully manage these conditions and live a healthy life.
Take control of your safety - According to the Ohio Department of Health, falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths among older Ohioans. One in three older adults will fall this year. However, falls are not a normal part of aging and most falls can be prevented with minor changes to your home, health and habits.
Continue to grow, thrive and contribute - There are more than 2.3 million Ohioans age 60 or older and another two million baby boomers living in our state today, comprising more than 40 percent of our state's total population. Our Golden Buckeyes have much to contribute by sharing their knowledge and experiences, mentoring younger generations, learning new skills and remaining in or returning to the workforce. Plus, older adults who stay active through volunteering and other activities see improved physical and mental health, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.
To celebrate Older Americans Month, we want you to submit pictures that show how you or your loved ones are living "Well Beyond 60!" Show us the many things you are doing to be healthier, avoid injury, keep chronic conditions in check and contribute to your community. There are three ways to submit your photos:
- Facebook - Visit our Facebook page and post pictures or selfies to our timeline.
- Twitter or Instagram - Post photos and short video clips on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WellBeyond60 and mentioning @OhioDeptOfAging.
- U.S. Mail - Submit photos by mail to: Ohio Department of Aging, ATTN: Older Americans Month Photo Project, 50 W. Broad St./9th Fl., Columbus OH 43215-3363.
Please note: Photos received by U.S. mail cannot be returned. The Ohio Department of Aging reserves the right to use submitted images and videos in its online and print publications and outreach.
The department's staff and followers on social media will vote from May 18-22 to determine the top three photos, which will be posted on the department's website. Also, the submitters of the top photos will be given the opportunity to be interviewed for a feature about their photos. Submissions must be received by May 15 to be considered for voting.
About Older Americans Month
Since 1963, people in towns and cities across the nation have used the month of May to celebrate the contributions of older Americans. The Ohio Department of Aging has sponsored Older Americans Month in the state since 1977.
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