Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme is Engage at Every Age. NCOA is committed to helping every American age well. Here are six ways you can engage with NCOA to improve your life or the life of an older adult you know. Please share!

1. Check out your local senior center

Today’s senior center is a vibrant, action-packed combination of local fitness center, job and volunteering headquarters, transportation hub, and tasty dining locale. Are you interested in seeing what they have to offer? New and prospective members are welcome to join us for 'Try It Out Tuesday' on the first Tuesday of each month.  Grab your partner or a friend and see what we're all about! 

2. Give your budget a tune up

Get financially empowered. Discover whether you’re eligible for benefits programs to help pay for daily needs, find a trusted partner to help you get out of debt, and explore new ways to earn extra income. Our Financial Wellness Series offers programs to help seniors at every income level. 

3. Be safe, eat well

Find an evidence-based falls prevention program that can help keep you on your feet and explore these healthy eating tips, so you get the right mix of nutrients as you age. Explore our Health and Fitness programs, which are aimed at helping you age with grace. 

4. Make the most of Medicare

Medicare can be confusing. Find useful information such as how to prevent heart disease, get home health care, and more using Medicare. Our Medicare specialist can assist with health insurance claims and long term planning care, and also answer questions about medical insurance.

5. Learn how to master aging

See how the Aging Mastery Program® is helping people across the country navigate this new phase of their lives.

6. Speak up

Do you care about programs that support all of us as we age? Be an advocate to help protect and improve them. We offer monthly meetings with the Senior Statesmen of Virginia, where you can weigh in on matters with your Virginia elected officials at times. On our part, we're working with organizations like the Charlottesville Area Alliance to help lead the advancement of an age-friendly community.