How do we acknowledge the contributions older people have made and continue to make to our world? In 1963, President John F. Kennedy made May “Senior Citizens Month” the precursor to the current name “Older Americans Month.” In the month of May, the current president addresses the nation asking the citizens to pay tribute to the elderly in their communities. In honor of this request, Diversity Best Practices has made a list of key organizations that serve senior Americans.
AARP is the biggest organization for older Americans. Over half of AARP’s 35 million members over 50 are still working. The organization focuses on issues like wellness, health, economic security and employment. It provides many long-term resources and programs, like Ageline, a searchable online database having detailed summaries of publications for older adults. Also, AARP provides hundreds of books, journals, magazines, research reports and videos serving members of the older population.
The Administration on Aging (AOA)
The Administration on Aging is the federal agency devoted to planning and policy development and delivery of services for the elderly and their caregivers. This agency is devoted to policy development, planning and the delivery of supportive home-and community-based services to older persons and their caregivers. The AOA works with the National Aging Network of State and Area Agencies on Aging, Tribal and Native organizations and hundreds of adult care centers, caregivers, volunteers, and service providers.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest and oldest national voluntary health organization committed to researching cures, causes, and prevention strategies of Alzheimer’s disease and offering education and support services to Alzheimer’s patients, their families and caregivers.
American Society on Aging (ASA)
The American Society on Aging is a national professional membership organization established in 1954. Its members include educators, practitioners, researchers and lay people working with and on behalf of the aging. It provides a huge variety of programs for continuing education and specialized training in aging. Also, it works at the national level to impact public policy.