When Older Americans Month first was established in 1963, only 17 million Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter changed the name from Senior Citizens Month to Older Americans Month, and it has become a tradition to celebrate it every May, acknowledging the contributions of older persons to our country, especially those who’ve defended the nation in times of war. It also serves as an opportunity to educate them about ways to stay healthy and active.
Today, 40.3 million Americans and 5 million Canadians are now age 65 and older, with about 8 million Americans and almost 400,000 Canadians living in a long-term care setting.
Status Solutions has served the senior living industry since our founding nearly 15 years ago, so we want to recognize our older neighbors in the Great White North as well as those here in the States, thanking them for their contributions to society.
We applaud the Administration for Community Living and other organizations, such as the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) that is holding its annual meeting and exposition this week, for raising awareness about the safety, health and wellness needs of older folks.
As a situational awareness technology company, we exist to provide solutions that keep people safe – from those in day care to those in senior living. In the last couple of years, we’ve expanded our offerings to include not just alerting and mass notification systems for emergencies but also tools to improve overall communication and a sense of connection, especially for seniors who reside in long-term care environments.