May is known nationally as Older Americans Month. 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 Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.
Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.
To recognize older adults who embody “Aging Out Loud”, the Athens Community Council on Aging recognized an individual from the community with the 2017 Distinguished Older Athenian Award. This year, ACCA was pleased to announce Anne Brightwell as the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Older Athenian Award. This honor is awarded to a local citizen, age 60 or older, who has rendered service on a community level and is recognized as a role model for positive aging and has made a significant contribution to our community through professional, charitable, or volunteer efforts. Anne not only meets, but certainly exceeds these criteria.
Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson presented Ms. Brightwell with the award at a ceremony held on May 31, 2017 at the Athens Community Council on Aging. All nominees were recognized and Anne received her award. This was a lovely event honoring the contributions of older adults in the Athens community.
In recognition of Elder Abuse Awareness Month, the Athens Community Council on Aging’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program will host the 2017 Elder Rights Summit on Wednesday, June 21st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Summit will feature a broad range of presentations on identifying and preventing elder abuse. Speakers will include: Rachel Morgan, Lead Worker with Adult Protective Services; Dr. Don Scott, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership; Evan Elder, Branch Manager with Athens First Bank & Trust; Attorney Mark Franklin with Elder Legal Assistance Program; Amanda Stephens, Operations Supervisor at the Social Security Administration; and Kristi Bates, Program Coordinator with ACCA’s GeorgiaCares Program.
“We are grateful for the chance to raise awareness about elder abuse, and to offer the community the opportunity to learn from experts on a broad range of topics,” says Keith Adams, ACCA’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Director. “Our hope is that attendees will leave the summit with the tools needed to identity and prevent abuse.”
Elder abuse can take on many forms, including: physical, emotional and sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans age 60 and up have experienced some form of elder abuse, and studies estimate that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities
The cost of the event is $15 per person, and includes lunch. Registration is required no later than June 7, 2017. Space is limited. This event fulfills HFR requirements for training of personal care home staff, and certificates of completion will be provided.
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