May is Older Americans Month
The theme for the 2017 Older Americans Month is “Age Out Loud”. Originally called Senior Citizens Month when established in 1963 by President Kennedy, only about 17 million Americans had reached age 65. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 2014 the number of Americans age 65 or older was 46.2 million and will continue to grow and outnumber children. Many were present and participated in Civil Rights movement, saw the landing on the moon, lived through several wars and conflicts, witnessed changes in the environment, and entered the world of the Internet. This country has benefited greatly from the work, the wisdom and the resiliency of our older adult population. Older Americans continue to contribute through work, volunteering, and providing a voice for a variety of causes. But as our population lives longer and healthier lives than in generations past, many are also experiencing more chronic health conditions. Libraries and community organizations can help bring health information and services to the older adults that they serve through newsletters, websites, programs, and social media. Here are some resources to consider: Celebrate Older Americans Month information https://oam.acl.gov/ NIH Senior Health https://nihseniorhealth.gov/ NIH National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health Administration for Community Living https://acl.gov/ NLM 4 Caregivers https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/caregivers.html Speak up and #AgeOutLoud ...
Source: Dragonfly - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances Public Libraries Source Type: news
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