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Area Agency on Aging celebrates Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud


Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.

Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A nurse for 55 years who dreamed of travel, at age 75 Hillary became the first African American woman to set foot on the North Pole. In 2011, at age 79, she set another first when she stepped onto the South Pole. Former president George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving. Actress Betty White, now 95 years old, became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live in 2010, coincidentally during May—the same month recognized as Older Americans Month (OAM).

Since 1963, OAM has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.

The Area Agency on Aging of East Texas will use OAM 2017 to focus on how older adults in our community are redefining aging—through work or family interests, by taking charge of their health and staying independent for as long as possible, and through their community and advocacy efforts. We can also use this opportunity to learn how we can best support and learn from our community’s older members.

Throughout the month, Area Agency on Aging will conduct activities and share information designed to highlight local programs, resources, and stories. We encourage you to get involved by one of local Age Out Loud events:



Wednesday, May 3rd
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
St. Philip's Episcopal Church
106 E. Crawford St.
Palestine, TX

Wednesday, May 3rd
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“Get to Know your Area Agency on Aging”
ETCOG Offices
3800 Stone Road
Kilgore, TX

Saturday, May 6th
9:00 am – 11 am
Red Oak Baptist Church
2717 S. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Longview, TX

Wednesday, May 10th
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
"AAA Community Senior Services/East Texas Housing Needs"
ETCOG Offices
3800 Stone Road
Kilgore, TX

Wednesday, May 17th
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Green St. Recreation Center
814 S. Green St.
Longview, TX

Wednesday, May 17th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“Long-Term Care Ombudsman Overview”
ETCOG Offices
3800 Stone Road
Kilgore, TX

Friday, May 19th
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Henderson County Senior Citizens Center
3344 TX-31
Athens, TX

Tuesday, May 23rd
10:00 am -- 2:00 pm
Rubye Mckeown City Park
Quitman St (Hwy 69 @ Hwy 276)
Emory, TX

Wednesday, May 24th
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Henderson Civic Center
1500 Lake Forest Pkwy.
Henderson, TX

Wednesday, May 24th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“Evidenced-Based Programs/Abuse in Later Life”
ETCOG Offices
3800 Stone Road
Kilgore, TX

Wednesday, May 31st
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“Medicare 101: What You Need to Know”
ETCOG Offices
3800 Stone Road
Kilgore, TX


Join the Area Agency on Aging and ACL as we speak up for #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud this May! For more information, contact Bettye Mitchell, ETCOG’s Director of Aging, at (903) 218-6518.

 

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