Join Us in Celebrating May as "Older Americans Month."

Posted by: Nikki Buckelew

In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy's meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month.” Thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called “Older Americans Month,“ and has become a tradition.

Older adults have made countless contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for future generations. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. This celebration recognizes older Americans for their contributions and demonstrates our nation’s commitment to helping them stay healthy and active.

Click Here to Learn More About Older Americans Month

This year’s theme for Older Americans Month is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.” The theme focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. With an emphasis on safety during Older Americans Month, we encourage older adults to learn about the variety of ways they can avoid the leading causes of injury, like falls.

While The Seniors Real Estate Institute and our Certified Senior Housing Professionals provide services, support, and resources to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity for us to provide specialized information and services around the important topic of injury prevention.

The link below is loaded with resources for you to download including logos, web banners, templates for event flyers, an activity guide with plenty of information on senior citizen safety that you can use for blogs and social media posts.

Older Americans Month Downloads from the U.S. Administration for Community Living

This information will help older adults take control of their safety and live longer, healthier lives.

Throughout the month, The Seniors Real Estate Institute suggests that CSHP's and other senior professionals provide tips on how to avoid the leading causes of injury. We'll offer tips on our Facebook & Google+ pages that you can in turn share with your fans, followers, and connections on your real estate blog or social media feeds.

Click Here for Ideas on Social Media Posts and How to Share

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging office by visiting or calling 1 (800) 677-1116 to find ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans.

And please feel free to send us examples of information that you've shared so we can highlight it for others.


Nikki Buckelew is the Founder and CEO of the Seniors Real Estate Institute and administrator for the Certified Senior Housing Professional® (CSHP) designation. A veteran REALTOR® of over two decades, she holds a bachelor’s degree in gerontology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. As a professional speaker, coach, and trainer, Nikki is committed to empowering, equipping, and educating real estate sales and senior housing professionals seeking to better serve the mature market segment. 

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