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May is Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month, and in honor of this year's theme "Age My Way," the Atlanta Pride Committee is helping our community age our way by sharing how we all can better support LGBTQ+ elders.

The Older Americans Act (OAA) is designed to ensure that older people across the U.S. are able to age in their own homes by funding home-delivered meals, transportation assistance, help with enrolling in benefits, job training, and much more.

In 2020, SAGE successfully advocated in Congress to update the law so that state and local aging agencies—the people tasked with implementing the OAA — are required to conduct outreach and engage with the LGBTQ+ community, and to determine what services are needed and if their needs are being met. But laws are only words on paper — and it's up to us to push to ensure that the OAA has its intended impact. We need you to join us to hold every state and locality accountable for meeting the needs of our community, so that we can all "age our way." Check out SAGE's Community Advocacy Toolkit as well as the Georgia State Plan on Aging.

Remember that we all have voices and choices! It's an election year, too - so make your voice heard and elect officials who support your ability to "age my way."

RESOURCES

  • Sage Advocate Toolkit
  • Georgia State Plan on Aging

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