Celebrate Older Americans Month with a loved one

Bryan Aldrige

May 3, 2011

Families across the country should take note of this special month and dedicate some time to an older parent who may not always get to see loved ones – after all, it's Older Americans Month. For the next few weeks, the Administration on Aging will run age-specific events that follow along with the theme of Older Americans: Connecting the Community. 

Two of the biggest occasions will be a video game tournament and a video contest.

The month also celebrates the unique state of older Americans today. There were 39.6 million seniors as of July 2009, and that number is projected to grow to 88.5 million by 2050, according to SeniorJournal.com. Currently, there are 5.6 million citizens who are 85 and older.

It may also be time to think about how to best help a loved one age safely at home. Many families choose to do this by installing a medical alert system in a senior's residence, because this device allows users to instantly sound a medical alarm if they suffer an unexpected injury.

Older adults may also want to use this month to better reflect on their own personal health goals, whether that means going to the gym or renovating a home so that it is more age-friendly.