May is Older Americans Month

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

This year’s theme for Older Americans Month is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.” The theme focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

While UPCAP, which serves as the Upper Peninsula Area Agency on Aging, provides services, support, and resources to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity to provide specialized information and services around the important topic of injury prevention. This information will help older adults take control of their safety and live longer, healthier lives.

Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. Throughout the month, UPCAP and local Senior Centers will be conducting activities and providing tips on how to avoid the leading causes of injury.

With an emphasis on safety during Older Americans Month, older adults are encouraged to learn about the variety of ways they can avoid the leading causes of injury, like falls. UPCAP is offering a Matter of Balance class Friday mornings at the Escanaba Senior Center. For more information on Older Americans Month, “Matter of Balance” program, and to see when new classes are starting across the U.P,. visit www.UPCAP.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 338-1119 24/7 for human service needs.