In 1963, The Administration for Community Living (ACL), through the Department of Health and Human Services, named May Older Americans Month, so we can both honor and learn about better ways to care for our seniors. That year, only 17 million Americans were still living over the age of 65. According to the Census Bureau report in 2010, there were 40.3 million living well into their golden years.
Many seniors dealt with poverty in decades past, when many of the programs that aide them today didn't exist yet. We know a lot more now about health and medical sciences, as well. Even though living conditions have gotten better over the years, it's still important to keep learning about new ways for Americans to live long and happy lives.