President Barack Obama kicked off Older Americans Month last week to promote this years theme of “Age Strong, Live Long.” The month long celebration recognizes the efforts of all ages to promote the well-being, community involvement, and independence of senior citizens said a statement from the White House.
“My Administration is committed to ensuring older Americans can age strong and live long,” said Obama.
“By strengthening Medicare and Medicaid, while protecting Social Security, we help ensure all Americans can age with dignity. The recently enacted Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare by providing free preventive care starting next year, enhancing care coordination, and gradually closing the “donut hole” gap in prescription drug coverage.”
In addition, this law includes provisions to help prevent and eliminate elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation said Obama.
“We must also protect seniors by expanding efforts to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid through national and State efforts, as well as community-based programs that empower retirees to detect and defend against health care fraud.”
According to data from the US Census, there were 38.9 million people 65 and older in the US on July 1, 2008. By 2050, the government estimates that 88.5 million people 65 and older will live in the country and will comprise 20 percent of the total population at that time.