In May, we pay tribute to our mothers and our nation’s war dead, but did you know that May is also Older American’s Month?
The theme for 2018, as announced by the Administration on Aging,
is Engage at Every Age. The thought here is that you’re never too old (or
too young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental
and emotional well-being.
The U.S. life expectancy has lengthened significantly in the last
few decades thanks to advances in medicine and technology, improved
health care, an emphasis on diet and fitness, and reductions in smoking.
According to the American Psychological Association’s Office on
Aging, today’s life expectancy is 84.3 years for men and 86.6 for women.
The number of Americans over age 85 is increasing faster than any other
One out of every four 65-year-olds today will live past age 90; one in 10 will live past age 95.
Of course, the proportion of older adults living by themselves increases with advancing age. Among women aged 75 and over, almost half live alone.
Many folks believe that moving to a nursing facility is inevitable as we grow older but in reality, only about 13 percent of persons 85 and older reside in nursing homes.
While the extension of life expectancy is great, we want to make sure those extra years are healthy ones, not ones spent in ill health.
So remember to exercise to maintain and improve strength, flexibility
and cardiovascular fitness. Lead a healthy lifestyle and see a doctor for
any changes or concerns about your physical and mental health.
Keep up with the news of the day as well as new technological
advances. Take advantage of your community’s cultural events. Stay
Share your wisdom with the next generation — many of them are in
great need of love and guidance.
Remain passionate about life.
Make the world a better place.
Blaze a trail.
Engage at every age.
Then take a selfie!