Older Americans Month: Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.

Have you ever had an injury from a fall or another kind of an accident? Each year, accidents like falls result in at least 6 million medically-treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths. Many of these unintentional injuries happen to older Americans.

Every May, we recognize older Americans for their contributions and demonstrate our nation’s commitment to helping them stay healthy and active.  This year, our theme is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”  We want to help you learn about safety and injury prevention so that you can protect yourself and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

Here are 5 things you can do to be safe today:

  1. Talk to your doctor about activities that are appropriate for you.
  2. Manage your medications.
  3. Prevent falls.
  4. Prevent fires and burns.
  5. Drive wisely.

Learn more about these 5 safety tips so that you’ll be healthy tomorrow. You can also visit www.eldercare.gov to get information about services for older Americans in your area.