Age Out Loud

Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say. This theme shines a light on many important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others.

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Life in the Desert

Orion Bell Square HeadshotIn July 2015, the Double 8 grocery stores in Indianapolis closed.  The small chain operated several stores in the city’s urban core.  News stories on the closures noted that in many of the neighborhoods, the Double 8 was the only grocery store. For many people in Central Indiana, this was an introduction to the concept of a food desert.

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Rethink, Redefine, Reintroduce: The Economics of FUN!

kunk_kate_socialRethinking the value of having fun has never been more relevant than for people experiencing unusually stressful circumstances, e.g. caregivers. The sheer enjoyment of fun is not selfish! When have we ever seen research to indicate that having fun is a bad idea? Quite the contrary—the experience of fun and laughter has natural healing properties that can actually protect the immune and cardiovascular systems and improve things like concentration.

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Ten Vegetables and Herbs to Grow at Home (Even in a Tiny Space)

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Growing and maintaining your own vegetables, herbs and spices can be a rewarding experience. If you think you need a lot of space to garden, think again. You can grow small edibles on a windowsill, porch, or a small patch of land. You can even create a welcoming entryway by planting vegetables in pots along your front steps.

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