Since May is both National Mental Health Awareness Month and Older Americans Month, HCAOA is taking this time to recognize the challenges many seniors have faced over the last year. In the proclamation declaring May as Older Americans Month, President Biden stated, “The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed tremendous hardships on our Nation’s older Americans.
Older adults — particularly those from communities of color — have comprised the majority of deaths from COVID-19, with more than 80 percent of all deaths to date occurring in persons 65 and older. Many older Americans have also suffered extreme social isolation from being separated from friends, family, and community resources throughout the pandemic.” HCAOA would also like to thank caregivers of all types for their continued diligence and hard work throughout the pandemic and beyond.
You can read the full proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/05/03/a-proclamation-on-older-americans-month-2021/