May is National Older Americans Month. This year the theme for OAM month is "Age my way!"
Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too is how they age and how they choose to do it – and there is no “right” way.
While 'Age My Way' will look different for each person, here are common things everyone can consider:
· Planning: Think about what you will need and want in the future, from home and community-based services to community activities that interest you.
· Engagement: Remain involved and contribute to your community through work, volunteer, and/or civic participation opportunities.
· Access: Make home improvements and modifications, use assistive technologies, and customize supports to help you better age in place.
· Connection: Maintain social activities and relationships to combat social isolation and stay connected to your community.
While the Minnesota Senate has proposed significant investments to help nursing homes and assisted living providers pay caregivers the wages they deserve, the House Health and Human Services (HHS) bill falls woefully short!
But there’s still time to impact the outcome of this legislative session and secure funding for financially strapped aging services providers.
The House is scheduled to vote on its proposed HHS bill TODAY and we must let them know they should do more. Our goal: to help them understand their proposal is inadequate and put pressure on them to fix their bill in a conference committee.
HOW TO TAKE ACTION:
1. FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW. Then enter your contact information, either for your home or your work 2. Personalize the letter if you'd like to share your story. 3. Click send!