Celebrating Senior Americans Month!

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). The 2024 theme is Powered by Connection, recognizing the profound impact that relationships and social connections have on our health.

We join in this celebration and emphasize the importance of connections for a fulfilling and healthy life. The quality of our social interactions influences our mental health, as well as our ability to face physical health challenges.

Origin and Meaning of Senior Americans Month

When Senior Americans Month was established in 1963, 17 million Americans had reached their 65th birthday.

About a third of older adults lived in poverty, and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older adults and their concerns was growing.

A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.” Since Kennedy, every President has issued a formal proclamation during May, asking the nation to pay tribute to older adults in their communities.

Older Senior Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other activities.

Health Challenges in Senior: Common Conditions among Older Adults in Massachusetts

According to the Department of Public Health, some of the most common conditions among older adults in Massachusetts include:

  1. Heart diseases:

Coronary artery disease and hypertension are leading causes of death among older adults in Massachusetts.

  1. Chronic respiratory diseases:

Including COPD and asthma, which can significantly impact the quality of life of older adults.

  1. Diabetes:

A common chronic condition that requires careful management to prevent long-term complications.

  1. Arthritis:

A common cause of disability and chronic pain in older adults.

  1. Neurological diseases:

This includes Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, as well as strokes and Parkinson’s disease.

  1. Depression and anxiety:

Mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are common but often underestimated or overlooked.

Prioritizing Comprehensive Health: My Health Fair’s Commitment

We are pleased to highlight Older Americans Month and our commitment to the well-being and health of this important community.

Find in our virtual fair leading organizations recognized for their dedication to providing high-quality resources and services for older adults in Massachusetts.

These organizations have demonstrated their commitment by offering innovative programs, support services, and educational resources. With their expertise and reputation in the field of health, our vendors stand out as leaders in promoting the health and well-being of older adults.

For more information, visit our virtual fair.

Sources: https://acl.gov/oam