Older American Month: Brain Health


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May is Older American Month and the theme for 2018 is Engage at Every Age. The Administration on Aging shares on the website, Oam.acl.gov:


“The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) take part in activities that enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.”


The Department of Health creates an Older American Profile and the latest from 2016 shares the following (https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2016-Profile.pdf) :


· Between 2005 and 2015 the population age 60 and over increased 34% from 49.8 million to 66.8 million

· The 85+ population is projected to triple from 6.3 million in 2015 to 14.6 million in 2040

· About one in every seven, or 14.9%, of the population is an older American

· There were 76,974 persons aged 100 or more in 2015 (0.2% of the total 65+ population)

· Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 19.4 years (20.6 years for females and 18 years for males)

· Older women outnumber older men at 26.7 million older women to 21.1 million older men

· Almost half of older women (46%) age 75+ live alone

· Since 1900, the percentage of Americans 65+ has more than tripled, and the number has increased over fifteen times

· The older population itself is increasingly older. In 2015, the 65-74 age group (27.6 million) was more than 12 times larger than in 1900 (2,186,767); the 75-84 group (13.9 million) was more than 17 times larger (771,369), and the 85+ group (6.3 million) was 51 times larger (122,362)



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The Older American Profile 2016 states:


“The need for caregiving increases with age. In January-June 2016, older adults aged 85 and over were more than twice as likely (20%) as adults age 75–84 (7%) to need help with personal care from other persons, and adults age 85 and over were more than six times as likely as adults age 65–74 (3%) to need help with personal care from other persons. Among older adults age 85 and over, women were more likely (23%) than men (14%) to need help with personal care from other persons.”


Yet, the profile further explains:


“Older adults not only need care, but often also provide care to younger family members. For example, approximately 1 million grandparents age 60 and over were responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren under age 18 living with them in 2015. Of these caregivers, 593,495 were grandmothers and 429,377 were grandfathers.”



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A focus of Older American Month is to support and advocate staying active. Studies are revealing staying active through volunteering is one-way older Americans are living longer.


The Corporation for National Community Service’s article entitled, “The Health Benefits of Volunteering Older Americans: A Review of Recent Research” discusses, “A growing body of research shows an association between volunteering and mental and physical health benefits. In particular, older volunteers report lower mortality rates, lower rates of depression, fewer physical limitations, and higher levels of well-being.”

You can read the complete article here:


https://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/healthbenefits_factsheet.pdf



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As we see, the statistics confirm people are living longer. With longer health, comes issues of health care, retirement, living situations, and more. We explore these topics, along with the benefits of staying active to include volunteering opportunities in May on the blog.


REFERENCES:

Reference: Older American Month 2018

Accessed at: https://oam.acl.gov/

Accessed on: April 25, 2018.


Reference: Older American Profile 2016

Accessed at https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2016-Profile.pdf

Accessed on April 25, 2018.


Reference: The Health Benefits of Volunteering Older Americans: A Review of Recent Research

Accessed at: https://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/healthbenefits_factsheet.pdf

Accessed on: April 26, 2018.


Reference Photo One: Older American Month Photo

Accessed at https://oam.acl.gov/2018/activities.html

Accessed on April 25, 2018.


Reference Photo Two: Older American Engage Your Way

Accessed at https://oam.acl.gov/2018/activities.html

Accessed on April 25, 2018.


Reference Photo Three: Older American Try Something New Photo

Accessed: https://oam.acl.gov/2018/activities.html

Accessed on April 25, 2018.


Reference Photo Four: Older American Be Active Photo

Accessed at https://oam.acl.gov/2018/activities.html

Accessed on: April 25, 2018.


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