Administration for Community Living: How the Older Americans Act Helps More Americans Stay “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow”

From our Colleagues at the Administratinon for Community Living

By Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of ACL

During the month of May, our nation observes Older Americans Month. This tradition dates back to 1963 when President John F. Kennedy encouraged Americans to celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of older people with a month-long commemoration.

Within two years, this annual tribute was translated into action through the passage of the Older Americans Act (OAA). For nearly half a century, the OAA has helped older adults stay healthy, live independent lives, and remain physically and socially engaged. And along the way, Older Americans Month has given us a means of publicly honoring our older population, while raising awareness about issues that affect them.

This year, injury prevention is the focus of Older Americans Month. The theme, “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow,” could not be more relevant. Read more.

Join the Older Americans Month Twitter Chat

On Wednesday, May 28 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST, the Administration for Community Living will join the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to host a Twitter Chat to raise awareness of the resources available to keep older Americans safe.  Join the conversation at #OAM2014chat.

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