Care Connection celebrates Older Americans Month

Care Connection for Aging Services is celebrating Older Americans Month this May with the theme “Communities of Strength,” recognizing the important role older adults have in strong, resilient communities.

Each May, Care Connection joins the Administration for Community Living in the celebration of Older Americans Month. This year’s theme recognizes that in tough times, communities find strength in people — and people find strength in their communities.

“In our communities, older adults are a key source of this strength. Through their experiences, successes, and difficulties, they have built resilience that helps them to face new challenges,” said Diana Hoemann, Executive Director of Care Connection. “When communities tap into this, they become stronger too.”

Over the past year, the agency has sought to build strength in the area’s older adults by staying connected to them, even while senior centers have been closed to the public. Staff members and volunteers have provided phone calls, video Zoom calls, home-delivered meals, and curbside pickups. Our vaccine navigators have provided help in finding the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We’ve offered tips on gardening, exercise, birdwatching and simple recipes in our ‘Cabin Fever Cures,’ a weekly handout to entertain folks,” Hoemann said.

During Older Americans Month, Care Connection is encouraging community members to share their experiences. Here are some ways to share and connect:

  • Look for joy in the everyday: Celebrate small moments and ordinary pleasures by taking time to recognize them. Start a gratitude journal, and share it with others via social media, or call a friend or family member to share a happy moment or to say thank you.
  • Reach out to neighbors: Even if you can’t get together in person right now, you can still connect with your neighbors. Leave a small gift on their doorstep, offer to help with outdoor chores, or deliver a homecooked meal.
  • Build new skills: Learning something new allows us to practice overcoming challenges. Take an art course online or try a socially distanced outdoor movement class to enjoy learning with others in your community. Have a skill to share? Find an opportunity to teach someone, even casually.