Older Americans Month
"Working Together for Strong, Healthy and Supportive Communities, Older Americans Month May 2008."
Older adults enhance our communities and personal lives by sharing and transferring knowledge of cultures, values, and life experiences among generations. Thankfully, the contributions of older adults will continue to flourish in the coming years, since older citizens of today and tomorrow promise to be among the most active and engaged older adult populations in our nation's history.
May is Older Americans Month, a great time to bring attention to the issues that affect older adults. This year's theme is "Working Together for Strong, Healthy, and Supportive Communities," which speaks to the opportunities we have to create better care and reinforce healthier societies for all ages. Working together, our communities can improve older adults' overall quality of life by helping them:
- Make behavioral changes in their lifestyles that can reduce risk of disease, disability, and injury. (See Health Information for Seniors.)
- Obtain the tools they need to make informed decisions about, and gain better access to, existing health and long-term care options in their communities. (Visit Wayne State University's Institute of Gerontology.)
- Have more options to avoid placement in nursing homes and remain at home as long as possible. (Read about HAP's In Home Care Program.
By working together we can improve the health and well being of our nation's older adults and pave the way for future generations.
For more information, contact the American Office on Aging.