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In case you didn’t know, it is Older Americans Month. The theme this month is “Connect, Create, Contribute” according to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), a government agency that helps the elderly live where they choose. The purpose of this theme is to promote awareness of all the ways the elderly can stay connected in their communities. Here is the ACL byline for the theme:
• 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.
We know that it is not in the best interests of the elderly if they feel disconnected. Becoming disconnected is a frequent problem in the elderly. This occurs when they live alone, have limited mobility, poor health, or all of the above. Elderly who feel disconnected are isolated from others who can promote their well-being. Isolation is one of the biggest causes of poor health. Those who are isolated are more likely to fall for scams. Depression is a frequent result of isolation. It is well known that the elderly who are isolated do not eat well, another cause of failing health. There are efforts underway in most communities to prevent isolation in the elderly. Even if the elderly has no family, there are others in the community to fill the void.
The resources listed below will take you to sites that list ways you can find help. There is a wide assortment of resources, not only for the elderly but for their families and caregivers. They range from legal help, information on long-term care, and education on health matters, to name a few. There are plenty of ways to obtain information on how to avoid becoming isolated. Take advantage of the many government resources.
The Elder Care Locator is a service that connects you with services for older adults in your community. Call 800-677-1116.