2018 Older Americans Month Media Release

Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana

Marks Older Americans Month

Fort Wayne, IN – Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc. (AIHS) is honored to join Gov. Eric Holcomb in recognizing the month of May as Older Americans Month in Indiana.  The 2018 theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities. When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty, and there were few programs to meet their needs.

According to the latest U.S. Census data:

In Fort Wayne and Allen County, 12% of the population is age 65 and older. However, approximately 33% of the population is age 50 and older, meaning 1 in 3 adults is preparing to, or actively engaged in, aging-in-place in our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), those who practice healthy behaviors, take advantage of clinical preventative services, and continue to engage with family and friends are more likely to remain healthy and live independently – and reduce health-related costs.

Connie Benton Wolfe, AIHS President & CEO said, “Our mission at AIHS has remained the same throughout our history: We are the major resource, and we will be a catalyst for innovation for older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers, to achieve optimal quality of life – safe and independent in their own home.”

For ideas on how to celebrate, volunteer or host an educational event, visit https://oam.acl.gov/ or follow on social media using the hashtag #OAM18. For information and resources for aging-in-place, contact AIHS’ Aging & Disability Resource Center, a member of the INconnect Alliance, at 260-469-3036.

Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc. (AIHS), a federal and state designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), is a non-profit community-based organization with a mission to promote dignity, independence, and advocacy for older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers. AIHS has gained national recognition as a community leader transforming the traditional social services model into an integrated care model which bridges health care, behavior health and community services to better serve vulnerable, at-risk populations.

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