COLUMBUS - May is celebrated nationally as Older Americans Month to recognize the achievements of our elders and acknowledge the many organizations that serve them, care for them and provide them with opportunities to grow, thrive and contribute. This year, the Ohio Department of Aging is encouraging all Ohioans to explore the many ways they can live "Well Beyond 60!"
"Choices we make throughout our lives have a bigger impact on how we age than genetics," said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the department. "No matter your age or fitness level, there is always something you can do to improve your health and well-being. Living well beyond 60 is about learning to make healthy decisions so that we continue to be vital members of society."
The department recommends a three-pronged approach:
- Take control of your health - Use the HEALTHY U Ohio initiative to learn strategies to actively manage your health and care, especially if you are among the three out of four older adults living with at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease.
- Take control of your safety - One in three older adults will fall this year. Use the STEADY U Ohio initiative to recognize that falls are not a normal part of aging and that most falls can be prevented with minor changes to your home, health and habits.
- Continue to grow, thrive and contribute - Older adults who stay active through volunteering, working, learning and other activities see improved physical and mental health, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.
For more information and resources, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth/.
Through May 15, Ohioans of all ages are encouraged to submit pictures that show how they or their loved ones are living "Well Beyond 60!" You can post pictures and selfies to the department's Facebook timeline as well as post photos and short video clips on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WellBeyond60 and mentioning @OhioDeptOfAging. Additionally, you may 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 cannot be returned. The department reserves the right to use submitted images and videos in its online and print publications and outreach. For more details, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth/.
About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
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