Established by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, Older Americans Month gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the great contributions of our older generations, and to provide our older Americans with resources they need to stay healthy and active in our communities. Read more about the history of Older Americans Month here.
This year’s theme for Older American’s Month is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.” The theme focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible. Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. With an emphasis on safety during Older Americans Month, older adults are encouraged to learn about the variety of ways they can avoid the leading causes of injury, like falls.
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