Older Americans Month 2015: Get into the Act.

Did you know that by the year 2020, more than 55 million U.S. adults will be over the age of 65? Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May.  This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, we’re focusing on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

Medicare helps older adults “Get into the Act” and promotes healthy living by offering vital preventive services like mammograms, diabetes screening, and colorectal cancer screenings. If you’ve had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get an annual wellness visit to develop or update a personalized prevention help plan to prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors.

Staying active, engaged, and healthy is good advice for everyone, but it’s especially important for older people. So don’t waste any time – get into the act and take charge of your health!