Older Americans Month 2016: "Blaze a Trail"


BENNINGTON >> Older adults are a growing and increasingly vital part of our country. The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation's economy, politics, and the arts. From 69-year-old NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. to 84-year-old actress Rita Moreno to 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of American life.

In 1963, we began to acknowledge the contributions of older people by using the month of May to celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation's older citizens. This year's theme, "Blaze a Trail," emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.

While the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging provides a multitude of services to older adults year-round, we will use OAM 2016 to focus on how older adults in our community are leading and inspiring others, how we can support and learn from them, and how we might follow their examples to blaze trails of our own. Throughout the month, the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging will conduct activities and share information designed to highlight how older adults can access the home- and community-based services they need to live independently in their communities. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities.

A great program to help you stay active and enjoy the outside is the Green Mountain Passport.

To be eligible for a passport, a person must be: A legal resident of Vermont and is 62 years of age or older or a veteran of the uniformed services. Use your passport for free admission to Vermont State Parks (overnight camping and other park fees are excluded), Vermont State Historic Sites, and events which are fully State sponsored. To receive a Green Mountain Passport, just fill out an application at your local City or Town Clerk's Office and pay a $2.00 fee. If you have any questions you can call the Senior HelpLine 1-800-642-5119. If you would like to help SVCOA continue their mission of helping seniors remain independent in their home visit our website and click on the donate button or send your donation to our administrative office:

East Ridge Professional Building

U.S. Route 4 East, Unit 2B

Discover OAM: Visit http://acl.gov/olderamericansmonth

Learn more: Contact Heather Baker – hbaker@svcoa.net or 802-786 - 5990


Contact your Area Agency on Aging: Call 1-800-642-5119


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