Older Americans Month focus is to Connect, Create and Contribute

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By Beth Dow, Solutions By Beth

Celebrating a long life is not near as much fun as celebrating a long life lived well and enjoyed.

Improving the quality of life takes planning and often requires one to step out of their comfort zones. It is easy to settle into a routine of quiet solitude, but often the quiet solitude becomes isolation.

A 2017 study found that older adults living alone had a reduction in social connectedness. The study further found a strong link between social isolation and chronic health conditions such as a weakened immune system, depression and anxiety.

As our population grows older, we must find strategies and tools to help older adults stay socially engaged.

This May the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has introduced it’s 2019 theme for Older Americans Month: Connect, Create, Contribute. In May, and throughout the year, they are encouraging older adults and their communities to:
• Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
• Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
• Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities. The ACL 
believes that communities who encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger than those who do not.

This year Monarch House Assisted Living is enthusiastically supporting the Administration for Community Living and Older Americans Month with events that will help older residents of Coweta County connect and inspire.

On Wednesday, May 29, come discover the many volunteer opportunities available for older adults in Coweta County at our first volunteer fair. It takes place from 2-4 p.m. (Contribute)

On Thursday, May 30, join us for “Planning for Your Future”. This event is designed to help you plan for the life you want. Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m. Lunch will be provided, and the day will wrap up at 2 p.m. (Create)

And on Friday, May 31, learn to play Poker! Poker is a great way to keep your brain sharp and to connect with friends. You are not too old to learn! Join us at the poker table from 2-4 p.m. (Connect)

Monarch House Assisted Living is located at 299 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan GA. Please make your reservations for any of the events by calling 678-552-9867 or email [email protected].

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Beth Dow is a Dementia and Alzheimer’s Educator, CAEd, Geriatric Case Manager and Certified Senior Advisor. Contact her at [email protected].

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