May 1, 2017
County Commissioners declare May “Older Americans’ Month” in Boulder County
Boulder County AAA and local senior centers celebrate those who "Age Out Loud"
As part of a nationwide declaration, the Boulder County Commissioners have designated May “Older Americans’ Month,” in a proclamation signed Tuesday, April 25.
In recognition of the month, the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) -- working collaboratively with senior services in Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, and Erie -- is celebrating older adults in May through their Age Out Loud program. It’s a celebration of what getting older looks like today. Local seniors living their lives to the fullest will be featured in videos that will be shown on the AAA website (www.BoulderCountyAging.org) and Facebook page. The first one is showing now, and two new videos will be available every week in May. It’s a chance to see Boulder County seniors in a whole new light. The social media tags for this campaign are #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud. For more information about Older Americans’ Month, contact Laura Mathews, Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, 303-441-3570.
The AAA, a division of the Boulder County Community Services Department, funds and provides services year round to countless older adults and family caregivers. These services are vital, as there are more than 65,000 people age 60 and older in Boulder County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That number will continue to grow. By 2030, Boulder County will be home to nearly 100,000 older adults.
Since 1963, communities across the country have celebrated Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration, Age Out Loud, shines a light on the ways older adults are taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others.
The AAA encourages everyone to recognize how older adults are leading and inspiring others this month and throughout the year. Here are a few aging-related events taking place in Boulder County this month.
- Aging Advisory Council Meeting, Friday, May 5, 9 a.m. – Noon, Commissioners Hearing Room, Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder. One of a series of monthly advisory board meetings, this meeting will highlight the advocacy efforts of older adults, and engage in a conversation around Housing issues and the Image of Aging in Boulder County.
- Medicare Basics Class, Monday, May 15, 10 a.m. – Noon, Longmont Senior Center; and Friday, May 19, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Lafayette Senior Center. For anyone wanting to learn more about Medicare enrollment, benefits, costs, and choices.
- Caregiving Symposium, Tuesday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Plaza Convention Center, Longmont. Free educational event for family caregivers of older adults and those interested in caregiving issues. Register by calling 303-441-1685.
- Healthcare Policy and Seniors, Friday, May 19, 8:30 – 10 a.m., TRU PACE, Lafayette. Educational presentation and update about federal and state healthcare policy and its impact on older adults. Register by calling 303-441-1583.