Each May, the federal government’s Administration for Community Living leads the national observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). OAM acknowledges the contributions and accomplishments of older adults, highlights current trends, and serves to “strengthen our commitment to honoring our older citizens.” These themes are especially relevant to individuals with vision loss. Although vision loss can affect people of all ages, older adults are at greater risk. The majority of those with vision impairment and blindness are over 50 years of age, according to World Health Organization (WHO) information about blindness and vision impairment. WHO points out that, for older adults, vision impairment can contribute to social isolation, difficulty walking, higher risk of falls and fractures, and a higher possibility of early entry into nursing or care homes. The 2023 theme, “Aging Unbound,” explores diverse aging experiences, promotes flexible concepts of aging, and recognizes how everyone benefits when older adults remain “engaged, independent, and included.” Logos, social media graphics, activity ideas, sample messages, and other resources are available to join in the celebration and advance the theme. For additional details, visit the Administration for Community Living’s webpage on Older Americans Month 2023.
Webinar on May 3, 2023: Addressing Ageism
Kicking off Older Americans Month, a free webinar, “Addressing Ageism Part 1: Societal View of Ageism,” will take place on May 3, 2023 from 10 to 11 am Pacific Time (1 to 2 pm ET). Whether or not it is acknowledged, “The way older adults are referenced and depicted in the media, popular culture and even in the health and beauty industries helps to paint a picture that aging is something to dread and make light of,” event sponsors note. Professionals working with older people need to know the impact of ageism on their work and take advantage of opportunities to advance positive views of aging. This first of a two-part program addresses how everyone can contribute to making “our society a better place to age.” Open to the public, the event is part of the American Society on Aging (ASA) “Empowering Professionals in Aging” series. Visit the ASA website for more details and a registration link.