Older Americans Month: Get Into the Act!

May plays host to a wide range of health-related observances, among them Older Americans Month! The Administration for Community Living is marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Older Americans Act with the theme Get Into the Act focusing on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. This year’s celebrations highlight the importance of community engagement as a tool for enhancing well-being for older adults.

NIDILRR research in aging looks at both the effect of aging on people with disabilities and those aging into disability. Aging-related disabilities include hearing loss, increased risk of stroke and diabetes, fall-related injuries, and cognitive decline and dementia. Individuals with physical, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities are living longer and, therefore, are experiencing these aging-related disabilities on top of their existing disabilities. Here’s a look at some of the current research projects working in these areas, as well as resources you can use right now as part of your Older Americans Month celebrations!

These are just a few examples of what the NIDILRR community is working on with regard to aging and community engagement. For more, check out abstracts from our collection on aging and community participation from grantees, as well as research from other sources. These and more are available through our document delivery service.

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