This month, May, is Older Americans Month. The proclamation came from the President and included the traditional reasons we celebrate Older Americans: Their efforts and very lives are what make our country, our families and most of us personally what we are today.
The theme for this year’s focus is on preventing injury and promoting health, “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.” For most seniors this starts with staying active and maintaining mobility and independence as long as possible. For those with some impairments already, preventing accidents from falls (safety today) is one of the most important things to ensure healthier futures. Good lighting, handrails and bathroom grab bars are crucial elements in fall prevention.
Everyone in health and senior care should know how to assist in fall prevention as well as understand a wide range of safety topics and skills. Training in this area is so crucial. Are you and your team members well trained in this area? Are you ready to help celebrate this month with the Older Americans in your acquaintance?