St. John’s Celebrates Older Americans Month
It happened the other day. That moment when you saw your aging parents in a new light. It’s easy to miss when you see them on a regular basis. Maybe it was the way your dad struggled to get up the stairs or the way your mom kept losing track of whether she had taken her medication or not. But it suddenly hit you that they are older. They aren’t as capable and strong as they used to be, and you started to wonder what that means for their future.
It’s no surprise that American seniors prefer to stay in their homes as they age. Even in cases where physical or cognitive decline makes it difficult to live independently, there is immense value in living at home.
At St. John’s Community Care, we know how much of a difference aging in place can make. But we also know how hard it can be to make that happen. Even so, there are incredible benefits to consider for your loved ones, from maintaining independence, control, and dignity over their own lives to the comfort and security of being surrounded by a familiar setting.
Aging in place allows older adults to stay in their homes and live independently in their communities for as long as possible. And that is the focus for this year’s Older Americans Month.
Aged to Perfection!
Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). This year, the ACL will be focusing on aging in place, with the theme, Age My Way. It is an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities.
Here at St. John’s Community Care, we’re adding our own twist with the theme, “Aged to Perfection!” This month, we will be discussing how planning, participation, accessibility, and making connections all play a role in aging in place – emphasizing that what each person needs and prefers is unique.
We will also be honoring older adults with a special worship service, lunch, and entertainment on Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00am.
The service will be held at St. John United Church of Christ in Collinsville at 207 West Clay, Collinsville, IL, and a delicious lunch will be served just after in St. John’s Faith Hall. Musical entertainment by the Nitpickers will follow lunch.
We welcome our families and the community to join us in a day to honor and thank our older adults for the value they bring to our communities. There is no charge, but please let us know if you are planning to attend so we can make sure we have enough lunch prepared for guests. Please RSVP to 618-344-5008 by May 12, 2022.
Click here to learn more about the event and the history of Older Americans Month.