May is Older American’s Month: Give Your Aging Loved One the Gift of Home Care Services
The Administration on Aging focuses on a theme each year that promotes May as being older American’s month. This year the focus is on how much the older generation enhances the community by bringing inspiration and continuity. Technology too is a great aid in enhancing the quality of life for the older generations with better health and more relevant activities for the elderly to enjoy.
Older Americans Month was created in 1963 when only seventeen million of the elderly reached age sixty-five. It was originally called Senior Citizens Month but was renamed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 to its current title. In 2009 that number had grown to over thirty-nine million who were sixty-five and older. It is predicted that this demographic will increase to fifty-five million in 2020. It is clear that more senior Americans will stay in the workforce and more home care services will be needed.
The themes change each year and over the years new programs and activities have been added on a local, national and federal level. As the population of aging Americans as well as life expectancy increases, the long term care must meet the needs of this group of citizens who for the most part, continue to be actively contributing to their community in their advanced years. The community recognizes this and shows their appreciation by way of this year’s Community Connection Video Game Tournament where video will help seniors to connect. An increased community awareness of seniors has also been created by the resources of information pertaining to older Americans’ situations such as assisted living, pension counseling, home modification and elderly nutrition programs to name a few.
Home care is of particular importance since it is designed to help senior Americans remain living at home for as long as they can. The Administration on Aging has published guidelines for families needing help to define the quality of services one should expect for their loved one. For example, the service provider must be approved by Medicare and background checks need to be made of the service providers. Seniors can greatly benefit from the home care provider offering such services as errand running, light housekeeping, laundry and transportation. These are services that the community can offer as gifts to seniors during their special month of May. This gesture would draw more attention to the need of the community of seniors who would still prefer to live at home as long as possible.
More community support is always welcome and will only help future generations of oldsters.
If you or someone you know needs help with senior care in Seattle WA or the surrounding area, contact the caregivers at Andelcare. We provide quality and affordable in-home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at 888-788-3051 for more information.