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Older Americans Month 2014: Honoring one of our region’s best assets

Thursday, May 01, 2014


"Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow": Participants (above) enjoy a meal at the Bagdad Activity Center in Leander, Texas. This year’s theme for Older Americans Month in May focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage seniors to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

Seniors 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.

The celebration recognizes older Americans for their contributions and demonstrates our nation’s commitment to helping them stay healthy and active.

This year's theme, “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow,” focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

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Unintentional injuries among older adults result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths each year. With an emphasis on safety during Older Americans Month, participating agencies and organizations can encourage older adults to learn about various ways to avoid the leading causes of injury, such as falls.

CAPCOG’s Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAA) provides services, support and resources to older adults year-round, and Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to provide specialized information and services regarding injury prevention. This information will help older adults take control of their safety and live longer, healthier lives.

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Throughout the month, the Area Agency on Aging will conduct activities and provide tips on how to avoid the leading causes of injury. Some outreach examples:

  • Interactive placemats that spotlight AAA services and offer healthy tips are being distributed to all senior nutrition centers and to all seniors who receive nutritious home-delivered meals throughout the region.
  • A special celebration is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center, 420 Barton’s Crossing, Buda, TX. Call 512-916-6060 for details.

To learn more about ways to support Central Texas seniors and get involved, contact CAPCOG Area Agency on Aging Program Manager Rene Oldstein. > Go 

Adapted with permission from the U.S. Administration for Community Living

 

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