Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.

Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A nurse for 55 years who dreamed of travel, at age 75 Hillary became the first African-American woman to set foot on the North Pole. In 2011, at age 79, she set another first when she stepped onto the South Pole. Former president George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving. Actress Betty White, now 95 years old, became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live in 2010, coincidentally during May—the same month recognized as Older Americans Month (OAM).

From Indiana, we can take pride in the 20 older adult volunteers who were recognized in 2016 with a Golden Hoosier Award for the significant differences they have made for their neighbors and communities.

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IAAAA Advocates for Older Americans Act and Medicaid HCBS on Capitol Hill

Last week, executives from Lifestream Services, CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions and IAAAA met with Indiana Senate and House of Representatives staff on Capitol Hill to advocate for sequester relief for Older Americans Act services and for protection of Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waivers, two funding sources that help Hoosiers age safely and independently in their own homes and communities.

It is a vital time for advocacy for older adults and people with disabilities of any age. Although pulled from consideration, the American Health Care Act would have created significant challenges for state Medicaid programs, including home and community-based services, and caused premiums for older adults on federal health insurance marketplace plans to sky-rocket.

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