May is Older Americans Month! While it’s a time of celebration, Older Americans Month serves as a reminder that our seniors deserve love, care and respect. As family caregivers, it’s important for us to support their independence and celebrate their lives.
What is Older Americans Month?
The Administration For Community Living created Older Americans Month in 1963 (a time in which only 17 million Americans were over the age of 65). As of today, The Washington Post reports that there are 55.7 million people in that category.
The purpose of Older Americans Month is to showcase the contributions of older adults in America and how they are appreciated in society. It’s a time to recognize the contributions of older Americans and think about how we can work together to support and value people over the age of 65. The theme for 2023 is Aging Unbound, which highlights how growing older comes with diverse experiences and how we can combat stereotypes. It’s meant to remind us that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It also celebrates the ways in which older adults positively impact our communities.
Why Is Senior Care And Independence Important?
One of the main challenges that seniors face is the loss of independence, which can stem from various factors, such as physical limitations, cognitive decline or chronic health conditions. Social isolation is one of the most significant threats to senior health and happiness. We believe that seniors’ well-being depends on their engagement with their communities and continued pursuit of meaningful activities.
How Can FirstLight Home Care Assist Seniors?
There are many ways that FirstLight Home Care supports senior independence. We start by getting to know each of our clients on a personal level and tailoring our services to meet their specific needs and preferences. We offer a wide range of home care services, including personal care, companion care, dementia care, respite care and more.
Tips For Celebrating Older Americans Month
- Don’t worry about what other people think
- Make every day count
- Don’t take yourself too seriously
- Be forgiving
- Do things you love
- Show up every day
- Enjoy life
- Learn a new hobby
- Spend time with those you love
- Go outside and get fresh air
- Eat well
- Ask for help when you need it
- Work if you want to (you don’t have to retire)
FirstLight Home Care – Senior Home Care Services
At FirstLight Home Care, we believe in supporting our elderly community members by providing home care and senior care services that promote mental and physical wellness for our elderly loved ones and their families. Find a location near you to learn more.