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Posted on: May 14, 2022

Hopewell Valley Celebrates Older Americans Month!

Age My Way cartoon of older people in activities, reading, hiking, playing a violin, and computer

National Older Americans Month is celebrated each year in May, where we recognize and celebrate the older residents in our community.   Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities – as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too is how they age and how they choose to do it – and there is no “right” way. That’s why the theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2022 is Age My Way. 

Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the celebration of OAM. This year’s theme focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose. 

While Age My Way will look different for each person, here are common things everyone can consider:

  • Planning: Think about what you will need and want in the future, from home and community-based services to community activities that interest you.
  • Engagement: Remain involved and contribute to your community through work, volunteer, and/or civic participation opportunities.
  • Access: Make home improvements and modifications, use assistive technologies, and customize supports to help you better age in place.
  • Connection: Maintain social activities and relationships to combat social isolation and stay connected to your community.

Hopewell Valley Senior Services (www.hopewelltwp.org/seniorservices) is excited to celebrate OAM as we move into a post-COVID world, and re-introduce many of our senior programs.  Starting this May, the Mercer County Nutrition Project is once again serving in-person lunches, Monday through Friday at the Hopewell Valley Senior Center.  Our afternoon programs at the center are back in full swing with Social Bridge (Mondays), Artists’ Choice (Tuesdays), and Mahjong (Thursdays).  Exercise classes, held at the Hopewell Township Municipal Building, have continued to give our seniors a healthy and social outlet to their days.  We currently are offering Healthy Bones (Mondays and Wednesdays), Active Aging (Thursdays), Tai Chi (Fridays through May), and Chair Yoga (Fridays).  Many of our Older Americans have also enjoyed traveling to various theaters, restaurants, and outdoor destinations with community trips organized by Hopewell Township Recreation. 

Senior Services provides a monthly newsletter to the senior residents of Hopewell Valley. The Senior Spirit Newsletter is filled with upcoming events, continuous monthly programs, and activities.  If you would like to receive a copy of the newsletter by mail or email, or need information about community events or services, contact the Hopewell Valley Senior Services Coordinator Randi Knechel at seniorservices@hopewelltwp.org or 609-537-0236.

We are so thrilled to be celebrating Older Americans Month in May! For more information, visit the official OAM website, https://acl.gov/oam/2022/older-americans-month-2022, follow ACL on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ACLgov), and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/aclgov), and join the conversation using #OlderAmericansMonth. 

 

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