May is Older Americans Month

beautiful elderly coupleYou may have never heard of Older Americans Month, but this month-of-awareness has been around for over 50 years. Occurring every year during the month of May, Older Americans Month serves as a time to acknowledge the significance and contributions of our older citizens. At ceremonies, events, and fairs across the nation, we celebrate the older Americans of our past, present, and future.

JFK Helped Establish Older Americans Month in 1963

The significance of this month of awareness becomes more evident when we look at how it began. When it was established in 1963, approximately one-third of all Americans over the age of 65 lived in poverty. This was largely due to the lack of programs to meet their needs. However, their plight was not unnoticed. Concerned people and organizations began advocating for the rights of senior citizens. In April of 1963, president John F. Kennedy met with members of the National Council of Senior Citizens in response to the demand for action. Senior Citizens Month (the original moniker of Older American’s Month) was born from that meeting.

Today’s Older Americans Enjoy the Same Quality of Life as Younger Americans

Every year brings a new theme to Older American’s Month, and this year it is Get Into the Act. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of older American’s being able to take charge of their lives. This applies to taking charge of their health care, getting involved in their communities, and creating positive change in the lives of others. Basically, it celebrates the ability of older Americans to live the same quality of life as younger Americans. People over the age of 65 are working, volunteering, traveling, and engaged in their communities. They are healthy, active, and living longer than ever before. While the longevity and good health of today’s senior citizens is partly because of medical advancements, it is also the result of increased resources, options, and community involvement. When problems arise (whether health-related, financial, or emotional), there are countless programs to address them. Senior citizens no longer need to feel alone, and that is definitely something to celebrate.

Call the Law Offices of Andrew M. Lamkin P.C.

Quality of life is the biggest factor impacting our daily lives. Older Americans are especially vulnerable to a reduced quality of life. If they are suffering, they may be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes, they just don’t want to inconvenience others. However, there are countless resources available and nobody should suffer needlessly. A skilled elder care attorney will be your best advocate by protecting your rights and helping you find the assistance you need. Call the Law Offices of Andrew M. Lamkin for a free consultation today.

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