NCDHHS is joining partners across the state in celebrating Older Americans Month 2022. Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce and more. That’s why the theme for Older Americans Month 2022 is Age My Way.
Approximately 1.7 million North Carolinians are age 65 or older, and that number is growing. By 2030, fully one in five will be older than 65, and, for the first time ever, North Carolina will be comprised more of older adults than children.
This year’s theme – Age My Way – focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose. The Division of Aging and Adult Services supports the evolving aging population through a community-based system of opportunities, services, benefits and protections.
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.
NCDHHS is offering three Aging Resource Fairs where people can learn about local resources and get tips from experts during Older Americans Month:1) 200 Enola Road in Morganton (May 11); 2) 3080 Hammond Business Pl. #101 in Raleigh (May 18); and 1033 WH Smith Blvd. in Greenville (May 25). The fairs are free and open to people ages 55 and older, along with caregivers and providers who support individuals who are aging, disabled or facing long-term medical conditions. Register now for an Aging Resource Fair by calling the Assistive Technology Center in your region. For more information, see the flyer in English (page 1) and Spanish (page 2).
Diverse communities are strong communities. Ensuring that older adults remain involved and included in our communities for as long as possible benefits everyone. In partnership with Hometown Strong and AARP NC, we are working to identify priorities for making our neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural areas great places for people of all ages.
If you are 45 years or older, please take a few minutes to participate in the Age My Way NC survey to share your thoughts and ideas.