Freedom of Choice: New Paths to Aging Well in our Communities
In his inaugural show, Host Ron Roel talks with Kathleen Otte, an award-winning senior official at the U.S. Administration for Community Living, which helps millions of people live independently and stay active as they age in their communities. Kathleen, who has been working to improve the lives of older adults for more than 30 years, will explain how federal and state programs are collaborating to promote the philosophy of “consumer control,” engaging people in the decision-making process about their options, preferences, values and financial resources. Advancing the theme for Older Americans Month in 2021 — “Communities of Strength”— Kathleen and Ron will share stories of how older adults have built resilience and strength over the second half of their lives. Kathleen will also offer examples of how families can connect with local, practical resources they need—services, programs, education or just information — wherever they live.