This year’s theme, “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”, focuses on injury prevention among seniors
Washington, DC— Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)— the leading organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers— made the following comments regarding Older Americans Month. Celebrated each year during the month of May, Older Americans Month was created to recognize seniors for their valuable contributions to our society, and provide them with information to make their golden years more healthy and active. This year’s theme, “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”, focuses on the injury prevention. According to the Administration for Community Living, unintentional injuries among older Americans result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 injury-related deaths each year.
“Each year, during the month of May we celebrate the legacy of our country’s most valuable treasure, older Americans. Their hard work, their example, their experiences, and their contributions are the foundations we build on today. Older Americans Month is an opportunity to recognize our seniors for their efforts as productive citizens in our society, as well as showcase information that can improve their quality of lives.
“At NHCOA, we center our public policy and programming efforts around four key indicators of well-being: health, economic security, housing, and leadership empowerment and development. We believe each area is equally important for all older Americans, especially Hispanic older adults. Latino seniors, like other diverse seniors, have a lot to celebrate despite many challenges, including a history of low wages, language barriers, and access to healthcare. While, these barriers are significant roadblocks to healthy aging, opportunities like Older Americans Month help draw awareness to the issues most impacting seniors.
“This year, Older Americans Month’s theme is ‘Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.’ we join in raising awareness about different ways we can keep our seniors safe to ensure they age securely, and in the best health possible, including injury and fall prevention, elder abuse, and improper use of medicine. Together, we can help older Americans across the country lead longer and healthier lives.”