“Connect, Create, Contribute.” These three words comprise this year’s theme for Older Americans Month.
These are powerful words that discourage isolation and encourage purpose. Isolation and lack of purpose can fuel depression and loneliness in anyone, but older people are especially vulnerable.
There are five agencies on aging in Maine designed to function as “one-stop-shops” to answer questions from older people, or from any individuals with disabilities, about a wide range of in-home, community-based, and long-term services. These agencies also offer educational and nutrition programs designed to encourage socialization.
SeniorsPlus is the designated Agency on Aging for Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties. We are your trusted source for information, options, and services designed to meet your needs. Most of these services are free.
So how can you “Connect, Create, Contribute”?
• Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
• Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
• Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger. By engaging and supporting all community members, we recognize that older people play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives.
Older Americans Month 2019 will include suggestions, resources, and material to celebrate older Americans and the communities of which they are a vital part. Visit acl.gov/oam in early 2019 for ways to get started, and starting now, promote the observance on social media using #OAM19 and #ConnectCreateContribute.
Everyone benefits when everyone can participate. We encourage you to connect, create, and contribute for stronger and more diverse communities this May, and throughout the year.
SeniorsPlus is here when you need us. Get to know us before you need us! We will listen and support you and your family through the changes that life brings.
Holly Zielinski is the Chief Operating Officer for SeniorsPlus.