In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month.” Thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called “Older Americans Month,“ and has become a tradition.
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.
While The Seniors Real Estate Institute
and our Certified Senior Housing Professionals provide services, support, and resources to
older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity for us to provide specialized
information and services around the important topic of injury
The link below is loaded with resources for you to download including logos, web banners, templates for event flyers, an activity guide with plenty of information on senior citizen safety that you can use for blogs and social media posts.
This information will help older adults
take control of their safety and live longer, healthier lives.
Throughout the month, The Seniors Real
Estate Institute suggests that CSHP’s and other senior professionals provide tips on how to avoid the
leading causes of injury. We’ll offer tips on our Facebook &
Google+ pages that you can in turn share with your
fans, followers, and connections on your real estate blog or social
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging
office by visiting www.eldercare.gov or calling 1 (800) 677-1116 to find ongoing
opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans.
And please feel free to send us examples of information that you’ve shared so we can highlight it for