May is Older Americans Month, and building on a national campaign that encourages organizations and communities to unleash the power of age in May, the Ohio Department of Aging is asking older Ohioans and Baby Boomers to tap into their own personal strengths to enhance their lives and those of others.
Since 1963, people in towns and cities across the nation have used the month of May to celebrate the contributions of older Americans. The Ohio Department of Aging has sponsored Older Americans Month in the state since 1977.
The national theme for 2013, established by the federal Administration for Community Living, is “Unleash the Power of Age!” Ohio’s 2013 Older Americans Month theme, “Unleash Your Power: Be a Golden Buckeye!” encourages all Ohioans to live lives inspired by their age, not defined by it.
“When we choose to live lives as ‘Golden Buckeyes,’ we are choosing to be respected and vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute throughout the lifespan,” said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “More than 2.3 million individuals age 60 or older and another estimated 2 million Baby Boomers live in Ohio today. Imagine the benefits for our state and all of our residents when we are able to fully unleash their power.”
Golden Buckeyes are people who make smart decisions to improve and maintain their health throughout their lifespan. They know their options and seek opportunities. They leverage their power as consumers and expect excellence. By striving for the highest quality of life, Golden Buckeyes help Ohio stay on the leading edge of innovation and be responsive to our growing and changing older population.
Visit the Ohio Department of Aging’s special Older Americans Month Web page (www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth/) for information and resources to help unleash the Golden Buckeyes potential in a variety of ways – from improving personal health, to volunteering one’s time and talent, to brushing up one’s skills and remaining in or returning to the workforce and more.
Visitors will also find tools for residents to proclaim that they are Golden Buckeyes and invite their friends and relatives to do the same.
Proclaim your power
The Ohio Department of Aging invites Ohioans of any age to submit a written, photo or video essay that completes the statement “I am a Golden Buckeye and I unleash my power by...”
Examples of ways you may unleash your power as a Golden Buckeye include:
• Eating well and exercising regularly
• Participating in athletic activity or competitions
• Inspiring others through works of art or performance
• Learning new information or mastering new skills
• Mentoring younger generations
• Volunteering your time and talents to help others
• Planning for your future needs and preferences
Through May 31, visit www.facebook.com/OhioDepartmentOfAging/ and post your response to the department’s timeline. Posting requires a free Facebook account and the photos and videos must conform to Facebook’s terms of service.
Individuals also may submit their essays by mail to (note: photos and videos cannot be returned) to Ohio Department of Aging, ATTN: Communications Unit, 50 W. Broad St./9th Fl., Columbus, OH 43215-3363.
Followers of the Ohio Department of Aging Facebook page receive updates about the department from various sources, including the department’s award-winning electronic publications, as well as news and information about opportunities to grow, thrive and contribute.
Visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/olderamericansmonth/ to learn more.