May is Older Americans Month, officially designated as a time to honor the enormous contributions people aged 65 or older have made to our society, communities and country. The original proclamation, issued by President John F. Kennedy on April 18, 1963 read in part:
“This large segment of our population represents a great national resource of skills, wisdom, and experience upon which much of our Nation’s progress has been built and which continues to enrich our daily lives and to provide counsel and leadership.”
In that proclamation, Kennedy designated the month of May as Senior Citizens Month. Proclamations by each president since Kennedy have continued the tradition, with President Jimmy Carter changing its name to Older Americans Month in 1980.
Here in Indianapolis, we see a very public display of those contributions through the many older Americans who have held positions in our government. However, during Older Americans Month, it is just as important to acknowledge those millions of quiet, behind-the-scenes contributions of wisdom, knowledge and inspiration are given by older Americans every day, gifts that enrich the fabric of our lives as much as those public contributions.
Older Americans are the soldiers that left home to serve our country in times of war, as well as those who stayed home to hold our communities together during times of crisis. They are the people who have taught generations of children in our schools, counselled them in churches and community centers and kept them healthy in our hospitals and clinics.
They are the volunteers who donate their time in hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and food pantries. They are the artists and musicians who have given beauty and joy to our society, the inventors who have produced the technologies that built our exceptional American standard of living and the people that kept the traditions of past alive to be celebrated by current and future generations.
So how can we show our appreciation to these people who have created the foundations of the society we enjoy today? Find out where the areas of need lie among the older Americans in your community. The local senior center or neighborhood church could probably help in that regard.
One issue that we are perhaps more aware of than most, since we’re an oral surgery blog, is the large number of older Americans who have lost teeth and avoid social situations due to their appearance. It is a well-established fact that older Americans that maintain active social lives live longer, healthier lives than those that don’t.
With dental implants, Indianapolis seniors who have come to us with a conspicuous gap in their smile that has been holding them back have left with a new lease on life, looking wonderful and feeling ready to rejoin the world. Unfortunately, dental implants are considered a cosmetic procedure and aren’t completely covered by most insurance plans. Since many older Americans with dental issues are on fixed incomes, they simply do without the care they need. So, if you’re aware of an older American who is in this position, an offer to finance the dental care they need might be a most thoughtful and welcome gift in honor of Older Americans Month.
Do you know an older American who needs help restoring their smile? Get in touch with us at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. We’ll be happy to help with Free Dental Implant Consultation, and you’ll find no better care when it comes to dental implants. Indianapolis is just full of people with bright, beautiful smiles that Dr. Falender and his team have had a hand in creating.
We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office welcomes patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.