May is the Month of Older Americans

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May 27, 2022

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Legislature recognized May as National Senior Americans Month at its monthly meeting.

“Seniors play an important role in our communities,” said Oswego County Legislator Roy E. Reehil, District 5, chair of the Oswego County Legislature Social Services Committee. “They are a positive influence as family members and mentors, and they are essential civic leaders, volunteers and sometimes even members of the workforce. This proclamation celebrates our elders and recognizes their significant contribution to our society.

Each year, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) hosts the American Seniors Month celebration. This year’s recognition theme is “Age My Way” to highlight how older people age differently and support each individual’s aging process.

“Just as each person is unique, so is their way of aging and the way they choose to age,” said Oswego County Office for Aging Director Sara Sunday. “There is no ‘right’ way anymore. Older adults remain engaged in their community and live independently for longer periods of time.

“We are excited to celebrate Older Americans Month with our community partners,” continued Sunday. “Diverse communities are strong communities. Ensuring older people stay engaged and included for as long as possible benefits everyone.

A few things to consider for the coming years:

  • Planning: Think about what you will need and want in the future, from home and community services to activities that interest you.
  • Engagement: Stay involved and contribute to your community through work, volunteering or other civic participation.
  • Access: Make improvements and modifications to your home, use assistive technologies, and customize aids to help you stay in your home as you age.
  • Connection: Maintain activities and social connections to combat social isolation and stay connected to your community.

Passed in 1955, the American Seniors Act provides services to help seniors stay healthy and independent in their homes and communities. These services complement medical and health care systems to help prevent hospital readmissions and support basic daily living. They also support family caregivers and address issues of exploitation, abuse and neglect of older adults.

“We are committed to helping all individuals live longer, healthier lives in the community of their choice for as long as possible,” said Sunday. “Please join us in showcasing the strength of diverse communities. Take a photo of yourself – or someone you know – that shows how you, or they, are ‘aging my way’ and post it to the Oswego County Office for Aging Facebook page with the hashtags #AgeMyWay2022 and #OlderAmericansMonth2022.

The Oswego County Legislature Social Services Committee oversees the County Office for Aging. In addition to Committee Chairman Roy E. Reehil, District 5, the committee includes Vice Chairman James Karasek, District 22; Frank Bombardo, District 7; Marie C. Schadt, District 19; Tim Stahl, District 20; Herbert Yerdon, District 2; and Michael Yerdon, District 1.

For more information about the Oswego County Office for Aging, call 315-349-3484 or go to www.oswegocounty.com/ofa.

CELEBRATE OLDER AMERICANS WITH A SELFIE – The Oswego County Legislature has joined in national recognition of May as Older Americans Month. The Legislature’s Social Services Committee presented the proclamation to Oswego County OFA Director Sara on Sunday at the May meeting of the Legislative Assembly. People are encouraged to take a photo of themselves and post it to OFA’s Facebook page with the hashtags #AgeMyWay2022 and #OlderAmericansMonth2022 to show the strength of diverse communities. Pictured from left are Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, James Weatherup, District 9; Frank Bombardo, District 7; Herbert Yerdon, District 2; committee vice-chairman James Karasek, District 22; Sunday; Michael Yerdon, District 1; and Tim Stahl, District 20.

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