AgeOptions Celebrates Older American Month

AgeOptions invites community members to Celebrate Older Americans Month in May.

AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging for suburban Cook County, joins the aging network nationwide to celebrate Older Americans Month in May. The theme, “Powered by Connection,” addresses a key social determinant of health: social isolation. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, cited in his 2023 report that loneliness can contribute to heart disease, stroke and dementia, and results in billions of dollars in health care costs.

“All of us have an opportunity and the privilege of staying socially connected to older adults and gaining knowledge from their life experiences,” said AgeOptions President and CEO Diane Slezak. “If you have the opportunity to reach out to neighbors and relatives, do it. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You may not have to do a lot for it to mean a lot to an older person.”

Each week in May, AgeOptions will share information with its constituents about its various programs that promote connectedness in the communities it serves.

Read the press release here.

Posted on May 3, 2024

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