HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Older Americans Month

HHS: May 3, 2013

This May, we mark the 50th anniversary of Older Americans Month. Ever since President Kennedy declared the first celebration in 1963, we have honored the contributions seniors make to our communities and have celebrated their rich years and experiences. This year’s theme, “Unleash the Power of Age,” acknowledges older Americans’ special abilities and know-how and encourages them to share them.

We’re also reminded that all Americans benefit from having older adults in their lives.  Thinking back to my own family and friends, the seniors I’ve been blessed to know have constantly enriched my life. They’ve taught me how important it is to share experiences across generations and open up opportunities to learn from each other.

The Obama administration is dedicated to improving the lives of older Americans and their family members, and the Affordable Care Act is helping us do even more to help seniors take charge of their health. Thanks to the health care law, older adults who reach the “donut hole” Medicare coverage gap for prescription drugs can now get substantial discounts for covered prescription drugs. That coverage gap will be closed by 2020. Read more