Weld County celebrates Older Americans' Month in May

Published on May 04, 2022

Weld County Board of Commissioners with AAA staff from DHS

In appreciation and celebration of the growing number of older Americans who make countless contributions to our community through their strength, wisdom and experience, the Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed May in Weld County as Older Americans’ Month.

"Weld County is stronger when people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are included, encouraged, and supported. We recognize the importance of creating a community that provides the services and supports older Americans need to thrive and live independently for as long as possible,” explained Scott James, Weld County Commissioner Chair.

This year, Weld County and the Weld County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) are excited to celebrate Older Americans’ Month with our partners in the aging community. AAA programs along with partner agencies, such as Catholic Charities, Colorado Legal Services, Meals on Wheels, North Range Behavioral Health and 60+ Ride help older adults age in place to enhance their health and maintain their independence.

“This is a time to acknowledge the contributions given to our country by past and current older persons and in particular those who have defended our country,” said Tami Grant, Deputy Director of the Department of Human Services.

Diverse communities are strong communities. They help to ensure that older adults remain involved and included in our communities for as long as possible, which benefits everyone. AAA is also excited to work with the United Way Aging Well workgroup to make Weld County an Age-Friendly community.

The theme for this year's Older Americans’ Month is Age My Way focusing on older adults and how they can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose. While Age My Way will look different for each person, here are common things to consider while navigating the aging process:

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.

AAA provides resources and services for the aging community, from planning with the Options for Long-Term Care team, engagement with the Friendly Fork Senior Nutrition Program, to nurturing independence with Weld Aging Well, AAA is full of useful tools. For more information on AAA and its services and programs, visit www.weldaaa.org, call (970) 400-6950, or email AAAinfo@weldgov.com.

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