By 2030, it is predicted that 20% of the Nations population will be 65 years of age or older. In comparison, by 2030, it is predicted that 21.4% of Walla Walla County residents will be 65 years of age or older. The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, along with Aging and Long-Term Care (ALTC) have joined Trust for Americas Health (TFAH).
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Older Americans Month (OAM)
Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM is a time for us to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of older Americans, highlight important trends, and strengthen our commitment to honoring our older citizens.
This year’s theme, Aging Unbound, offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of aging experiences and to promote the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by paving our own paths as we age.
This May, join us as we recognize the 60th anniversary of OAM and challenge the narrative on aging. Here are some ways we can all participate in Aging Unbound:
- Embrace the opportunity to change. Find a new passion, go on an adventure, and push boundaries by not letting age define your limits. Invite creativity and purpose into your life by trying new activities in your community to bring in more growth, joy, and energy.
- Explore the rewards of growing older. With age comes knowledge, which provides insight and confidence to understand and experience the world more deeply. Continue to grow that knowledge through reading, listening, classes, and creative activities.
- Stay engaged in your community. Everyone benefits when everyone is connected and involved. Stay active by volunteering, working, mentoring, participating in social clubs, and taking part in activities at your local senior center or elsewhere in the community.
- Form relationships. As an essential ingredient of well-being, relationships can enhance your quality of life by introducing new ideas and unique perspectives. Invest time with people to discover deeper connections with family, friends, and community members.
As people age, mobility limitations and health issues become more common. Many factors that influence these issues, such as genetics, are not within an individual's control. For those that are, such as a healthy diet, regular doctors' appointments, and taking care of your mental health, there are resources available.
Walla Walla Senior Center
If you're looking for a place to connect with other older adults, the Walla Walla Senior Center may be the place for you. They offer a nutrition program with free meals, an Adult Day Center program, and various activities throughout the week designed to empower older adults to live healthy and happy lives. Visit the Walla Walla Senior Center website to learn more and to join a lively community of 60+."
Aging and Long-Term Care Southeast Washington
Aging and Long-Term Care Southeast Washington has been serving our counties since 1973 by promoting and developing a comprehensive and coordinated system of services to help meet the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities and serve as the advocacy/focal point for older people in our eight county area.
Washington Department of Health Here, you will find some of the most important thinks you can do to stay healthy, active, and independent through the years. No matter how old you are, it is never too late to begin taking care of your health.
National Institute on Aging
NIA leads a broad specific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend health and individuals active years of life.
Brain Injury Alliance of Washington
Founded in 1982, the BIAWA is a small nonprofit organization created to support Washingtonians affected by brain injuries through classes, support groups, info/referral services, and social services. With over 10,000 people served, their mission is to increase public awareness, support, and hope for those affected through education, assistance, and advocacy.
Brain Health | National Institute on Aging
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.
Their mission is to support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social and economic research on aging while disseminating info about aging and advances in research to the public, health care professionals, and the scientific community.
The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
Alzheimers.gov is the federal government portal to information and resources for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias'. A primary goal of Alzheimers.gov is to connect people to the many federal resources available, and to educate and support people whose lives are touched by these diseases. They are committed to making every day better for people with dementia, their caregivers, and their families.