If you’re an Arlingtonian 55 years of age or older, you’re in good company. Some 40,000 of your neighbors have reached this major life milestone. And if you’re not yet 55, you probably know someone who is and, with any luck, you yourself will be one day.
Getting older can bring new challenges, but it’s full of opportunity, too! Arlington is one of the leading communities in the nation when it comes to supporting adults as they get older.
Our Department of Human Services, through its aging and disability services team, offers a wide range of health, housing and transportation assistance. Our Department of Parks and Recreation offers fitness, wellness, travel and arts programming, along with activities that enhance social connections. And Arlington Public Library supports free lifelong learning and enrichment through book clubs, lectures, workshops and access to technology.
These efforts all aim to help keep older Arlingtonians safe, independent and thriving. And they’re a large reason why, in 2018, the County received recognition as an Age-Friendly Community.
As we enter the month of May, Arlington is joining the nationwide observance of Older Americans Month. We’ll be recognizing the positive impact older adults have in and around our community and highlighting the many programs and services we offer them.
Follow along this month as we highlight more opportunities to:
- Connect with friends, family and services that can support continued participation in the Arlington community;
- Create through activities that promote health and personal enrichment; and
- Contribute time, talent and life experience to benefit others.
And check out these free events celebrating Older Americans Month 2019:
- Aging Well: Services for Older Adults
Mon., May 6, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ Central Library
- Senior Law Day
Mon., May 13, 12:30–3 p.m. @ Walter Reed Senior Center
- Steering Committee for Services to Older Persons
Fri., May 17, 10–11:30 a.m. @ Dept. of Human Services Auditorium
- Parks and Recreation 55+ Fitness Day
Fri., May 17, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. @ Walter Reed Community Center
- Older Americans Month Proclamation Ceremony
Tue., May 21, 3 p.m. @ County Board Room
We hope you’ll take advantage of what you learn. Depending on your circumstance, use it for yourself, share it with older friends and family or file it away for when it will apply to you!