DHS Urges Georgians to “Get into the Act”

May 6, 2015

ATLANTA – Older Georgians are a vital part of our state. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

“Mature adults who stay active and engaged in community life play a key role in strengthening our families, schools, economy, and state heritage,” said Dr. James Bulot, Director of the Division of Aging Services. “Older Americans Act programs and services contribute to quality of life by helping Georgia’s elderly live with independence, dignity, and gusto.”

By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can “Get into the Act.” Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to emphasize how older adults can access the home and community-based services they need to live independently in their communities. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaged and making a difference in those communities.

Throughout the month, Georgia’s Division of Aging Services will be conducting activities and providing tips on how to access programs, resources, and opportunities designed to maximize the independence of older adults in Georgia. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging office by visiting www.aging.ga.gov to find ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans.

About Older Americans Month

This year’s theme, “Get into the Act,” reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since that time, the Act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, preventive health services, elder abuse prevention, and much more.

 

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