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Finding power in connection as you age

May is Older Americans Month. The 2024 theme from the federal Administration for Community Living is "Powered by Connection." It’s about the deep impact meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being – especially as we grow older. Being connected helps us stay safe and supports independence by reducing isolation, loneliness and other problems we may face. So how can you keep connected? Check out these ways to stay engaged with your family, friends and community:

  1. Schedule check-ins with your loved ones: Be the one to suggest phone calls, write letters, arrange in-person visits, and even set up virtual hangouts. Feel too busy? Try using major holidays as a reminder to pause and connect with the people you care about. Not only will it help you strengthen your relationships, you’ll also be able to check on the well-being of your family and friends.

    Note: If your check-ins lead you to think someone is being hurt, not cared for, or having their money taken, call the Oregon SafeLine at 855-503-SAFE (855-503-7233) anytime to make a report.

  2. Contact the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Oregon: Oregon's ADRC can help you with things like:
    • Finding community support and fun activities in your area,
    • Getting mental health and counseling services, and
    • Learning about your choices for long-term care so you can age the way you want.

      Call 1-855-ORE-ADRC (1-855-673-2372) or visit https://adrcoforegon.org to get started.

  3. Volunteer: Volunteering in your community not only helps others but also can help you make friends and feel a sense of purpose. We always need volunteers to help at the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) with things like child care, driving people to ODHS appointments, helping around the office and more. If you’re interested in volunteering with ODHS, visit https://www.oregon.gov/odhs/about/pages/volunteering.aspx

  4. Call the Senior Loneliness Line: The free Senior Loneliness Line helps people over age 55 in Oregon who feel alone or just want to talk to someone friendly. Call 503-200-1633 from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Pacific Time any day of the week.

  5. Join a community group: Places like senior centers, clubs or religious organizations can help you build your own support system and try new things. Call 2-1-1 or visit https://211info.org to find resources near you. You can also call or visit your local ODHS Aging and People with Disabilities office or Area Agency on Aging to learn more about opportunities in your area.

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