What is Older Americans Month?

Older Americans Month Safe today healthy tomorrow logoOlder Americans Month was established in 1963 when interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing.

Which President declared May as Older Americans Month?

President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month.” Senior Citizens Month, is now called “Older Americans Month“ and has become a tradition thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s designation in 1980. In years past, this month acknowledges the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Each president since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during the month of May requesting the entire country pay tribute to older persons in their community. Check out your local community for ceremonies, events, fairs, and other activities.

How do older Americans contribute to our country?

This month President Obama stated, “With decades of experience and unyielding enthusiasm, seniors continue to lift up our neighborhoods, offer perspective on pressing challenges, and serve as role models to our next generation — proving Americans never stop making a difference or giving back.” Read more from his speech here.

What is The 2014 Older American Month Theme?

Every year they focus on one aspect of being an older American. This years’ theme is Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow. It’s kind of like President Obama and ElderCompass have been sharing a cup of coffee! The four pillars we strive for include:

  • Senior Safety
  • A well-constructed Medical Team,
  • A satisfying Lifestyle/living environment and
  • The Legal/Financial framework to age safely and see many healthy tomorrows!

Thanks President Obama, though we have so much more work to do to advocate for seniors and their health and wellness! No one need age alone. Be sure you seek out all the available support through neighborhood community centers and even a nurse case manager/director to sort through and assist with your specific aging issues and challenges.