Older adults have made countless contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for future generations. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. This celebration recognizes older Americans for their contributions and demonstrates our nation’s commitment to helping them stay healthy and active.
This year’s theme for Older Americans 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, we encourage older adults to learn about the variety of ways they can avoid the leading causes of injury, like falls.
The Community Partnership on Aging Safe at Home Program, which provides eligible older adults an opportunity to have grab bars and other safety equipment installed in their home, is just one example of the many ways the agency strives to assist older adults in staying safe in their own homes for as long as they wish.
We encourage everyone to get involved! For more information about the Safe at Home Program or ways to get involved, either through volunteerism, sponsorship/donations or direct participation in lunch, programs or events, please give us a call at 216-291-3902.
You can also find safety and exercise tips and information from the National Institute of Health Go4Life Website by clicking this link:
Click this link for a Safety Tip Sheet provided courtesy of The Administration for Community Living: http://www.acl.gov/NewsRoom/Observances/oam/2014/docs/OAM-SafetyTipSheet.pdf