National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 23. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to older adults. Falls result in more than 2.4 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 772,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths. This year’s theme, Strong Today—Falls Free Tomorrow, highlights the important roles professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members play in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.
September 22, 2014
September 16, 2014
National Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration of Hispanic culture, history, and contributions that lasts from September 15 until October 15. The theme for 2014 is, “Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.” Hispanics make up 17% of our nation’s total population.
September 11, 2014
Today marks the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people from 93 countries. On this day, we remember and mourn those who were lost. We honor the courage of the everyday heroes who helped others to safety and searched for survivors, often at the cost of their own lives. We recognize the work of those who have helped the nation heal.
September 2, 2014
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter designated the first Sunday after Labor Day, National Grandparents Day. This observance honors the ways grandparents improve the lives of others by sharing their wisdom and life experiences with younger generations. Even as they deal with advancing age, many grandparents continue to take an active role in providing for their family’s needs. In fact, according to the U.S. Census (PDF), more than 2.7 million adults are helping to raise their grandchildren.
July 31, 2014
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Every year thousands of adults in the U.S. suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. For example, in 2012, there were approximately 32,000 cases of invasive pneumococcal disease, resulting in 3,300 deaths.
July 14, 2014
Join us online on June 20, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST as we celebrate a landmark civil rights anniversary: the 15th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision. This Friday, the Administration for Community Living and the U.S. Department of Justice will host a celebration of the Olmstead decision. Guest speakers will address a range of issues critical to disability rights, including the impact of integration and implications for the future.
July 1, 2014
This Veterans Day, ACL joins the nation in thanking our brave men and women who have served honorably in the U.S. military (read the proclamation). There are approximately 21 million veterans living today. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 9.6 million of these veterans are over the age of 65. In addition, there are nearly four million veterans living with service-connected disabilities.
May 19, 2014
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) joins President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in recognizing May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in appreciation of the contributions to our nation made by people of Asian descent.
May 19, 2014
Dr. King persistently challenged himself and others to answer the question “What are you doing for others?” A good answer to that question is “Serving as a volunteer on the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service.” On Monday, January 20, you can assist the homeless, veterans, or military families; you can visit a community center to talk to seniors and kids about making healthy food choices; you can help plant trees in your community; or you can do one of dozens of other activities to serve your neighbors and community.
May 19, 2014
February is African-American History Month The Administration for Community Living (ACL) joins President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in recognizing February as National African-American History Month in appreciation of the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent.