Older Americans Month is an annual observance dating back to 1963. At the time, one-third of all seniors lived in poverty with limited social programs to support them. Life expectancy was just 66 years old. President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May as Senior Citizens Month to raise awareness of these issues and honor older Americans’ lifelong contributions to our nation.
Two years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Older Americans Act of 1965 and formally declared May as Older Americans Month. This legislation established a federal agency devoted to the needs of older adults (Area Agencies on Aging) and paved the way for Medicare.
Today, life expectancy is 78 years across the nation. Best of all, seniors are active and engaged. They’re still working or seeking jobs, volunteering for causes they believe in, following artistic pursuits, and caring for family members. Seniors are a visible, and vital, part of our communities. It’s fitting that the theme for 2021 is “Communities of Strength” with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities.
As the leading home services provider in the region, BHHS Fox & Roach and its family of companies believe it is critically important to establish and maintain quality of life for older adults. We’re committed to providing seniors with the necessary tools, education, and resources to navigate the housing decisions that arise. Whether downsizing, upsizing, moving to warmer climates, or selecting a senior community, our goal is to help our clients continue living a healthy, happy, dignified life.