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Older Americans Month: What is it and What You Can Do to Help

 
Each May since 1963, we celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of our older citizens.  President Jimmy Carter
designated the celebratory month as "Older Americans Month," replacing the original name "Senior Citizens Month."   This celebration recognizes older Americans for their accomplishments, and demonstrates our nation's commitment to helping them stay healthy and active. 
 
The theme for this year's Older American Month is "Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow."  The focus is injury prevention and safety, and encourages older adults to protect themselves so they can remain active and independent 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.  That said, older adults are encouraged to learn about a variety of ways to avoid the leading causes of injury, like falls.  Injuries adversely affect:
 
  • Physical health
  • Emotional health
  • Socialization opportunities
  • Financial stability
 
Falls can occur as a result of many factors.  I can help you identify the risk factors, and offer advice to prevent injury.
Boomer Wellness provides services, supports, and resources to older adults that help them take control of their safety and live longer, healthier lives.  Please see full descriptions of my services, including fall assessments, on my website. 
 
There is still plenty of time left in May to recognize and thank the special older adults in your life.  The single-most way of expressing your gratitude is by helping them stay safe.  Finally, show your love and support ALL YEAR, not just in May! 
 
 
 
 
 

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