Time for a National Conversation

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​Today, there are about 45 million Americans over age 65 -- compared to just 17 million when Older Americans Month (then called Senior Citizens Month) was first designated in 1963. And, as regular readers of this blog know, these numbers will continue to soar, reaching nearly 90 million Americans in the 65+ age group by 2050.

Back in '63, about a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Today, according to the AARP:

  • More than 37 million Americans get life-saving and life-improving medications through Medicare's prescription drug program and save billions of dollars in out-of-pocket costs.
  • The nation's 59 million Social Security beneficiaries will receive a cost-of-living increase.
  • Millions of older adults have incorporated universal design features into their homes, allowing them to live there safely and independently. 

This is due, in part, to older Americans taking an active role in advocating for themselves – one of the reasons why this year's theme, "Get Into the Act," is so apt.

However, Older Americans Month is also a time for those who care for older Americans to get into the act, which is why the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, held this month, included topics such as economic security for caregivers, the unique needs and opportunities for different types of caregivers, as well as family caregiver support and the capacity and training of care providers.

This year, as we mark the 50th Anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th Anniversary of Social Security, Home Instead Senior Care serving central Oregon is proud to celebrate just how far our nation has come in protecting the dignity, well-being and quality of life of our parents and grandparents. It is our fervent hope that the conversation will continue so that all older Americans, and those who care for them, will have the resources they need to live their best lives.​​

For more information about caring for seniors, please contact Home Instead of Central Oregon at 541-330-6400. 


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