The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), has announced that “Age Out Loud” will be the theme of Older Americans Month in 2017. The theme for the May observance is intended to give aging a new voice – one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say about aging.
“The 2017 theme gives us an opportunity to shine a light on many important issues and trends,” reported ACL. “More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. They expect to continue to live their lives to the fullest, and they’re insisting on changes that make that possible.”
What it means to age has changed, noted ACL, and Older Americans Month "is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.”
In May AoA and ACL will "amplify the many voices of older Americans" and raise awareness of vital aging issues across the country. The observance will be promoted online using the official hashtags #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud.
The National PACE Association will share additional details about the observance, including resources and materials, as they are made available by ACL.