Special Events at AAA7
The Area Agency on Aging enjoys participating in events throughout its 10-county district that gives staff the opportunity to share with the community its mission of helping our citizens age better!
More than seven million Americans help older persons live in the community despite limitations on daily activities. Many adults also care for adult sons and daughters with disabilities. Family members and other informal caregivers truly are the backbone of our long-term care system. In Ohio alone, they contribute more than 1.1 million hours of unpaid help to others, care valued in excess of $10.4 billion. Nationally, family caregivers save taxpayers $257 billion.
Joined Hearts in Giving is a yearly event that is held in observance of Valentine’s Day at the Governor’s Residence in Columbus. At the event, Ohio’s First Lady and the Ohio Department of Aging honor couples throughout the state for their dedication to marriage and volunteerism.
The Ohio Department of Aging celebrates outstanding older Ohioans for their achievements and contributions to others; for the roles they play in their communities, state and nation; and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. Since 1977, more than 350 individuals have been inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for contributions toward the benefit of humankind after age 60, or for a continuation of efforts begun before that age.
The artwork of local seniors is showcased each year at the Area Agency on Aging District 7’s (AAA7) Annual Senior Citizens Art Show that is typically held at the Esther Allen Greer Museum and Gallery, located on the campus of the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio, during May or June.
Each May is observed across the nation as Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the contributions seniors make to their communities. This special observance was established in 1963 to acknowledge the contributions of past and present older citizens. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking the entire nation to pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. The observance is sponsored by the US Administration on Aging. Senior Citizens day is observed the third Tuesday of every month.