By Amy Cotton MSN, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FNGNA, FAAN
Older Americans are nationally celebrated each May. The United States Administration on Aging has chosen “Unleash the Power of Age” as the theme for this year’s recognition. The Administration on Aging developed Older Americans Month in 1963 as a time to pay tribute to the contributions of past and current older Americans and to raise awareness of the needs of this population to live a healthy, enriching life. Through this theme, NGNA members recognize that older Americans are productive, active, and influential members of society, sharing essential talents, wisdom, and life experience with their families, friends, and neighbors.
Imagine for a moment if every older adult admitted to the hospital asked what steps were being taken to ensure their safety and how could they help? How would the health care landscape change if every older adult was engaged in shared decision making for treatment decisions? These kinds of actions could change the world of health care delivery. I encourage each of you to identify one way you could “Unleash the Power of Age” in your area of influence.
NGNA’s board of directors, committee and special interest group leaders and members as well as our Fellows are working hard to take action to improve the health care older adults are receiving. As the October 3 – 5, 2013 NGNA Annual Convention fast approaches, I hope you will consider joining your peers in Clearwater, Florida from across the nation to advance your nursing knowledge and improve the nursing care you deliver.
On behalf of your board of directors, I thank each of you for the work you do to honor the lives of older Americans and ensure quality nursing is delivered to those who need it.