Older Americans play an incredibly important role in our community, sharing their talents, wisdom, and life experiences with families, friends and neighbors. They are productive, active and influential members of society, and their numbers are growing.
There are more than 41 million people aged 65 and older in the United States. By 2025, that segment of the population is expected to nearly double.
Some 17 percent of Florida residents are seniors, highest of any state, according to U.S. Census data. Here in Miami-Dade County, seniors currently make up 14 percent of the population.
Since 1963, May has been designated Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their ability to make a real difference in our communities.
This year’s theme, established by the Administration on Aging, is “Unleash the Power of Age!” to highlight the significant contributions made by hundreds of thousands of older Americans across our nation.
Seniors volunteer throughout our community as mentors, coaches or companions to people in need. They contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations.
At United HomeCare, seniors volunteer to help some of the nearly 5,000 elderly and disabled adults we care for, by assisting them with shopping and light chores or just making a friendly visit.
One of our volunteers in her 60’s has contributed a few hours each month for the past 10 years, helping a UHC client who is in her 80’s. This beautiful friend- ship bloomed from a simple act of caring and compassion. In celebration of Older Americans Month in May, United HomeCare invites Doral residents to participate in United Friends for Seniors, United HomeCare’s volunteer program. Volunteers can make a difference in the life of a senior by visiting with those who live alone and providing friendly companionship and social contact with the community.
Our next monthly Volunteer Open House, where you can learn about the program, will be on Thursday, April 25, between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the UHC Caregiver Resource Center, located at 8400 NW 33rd Street, Suite 400, Doral, FL 33122.
For more information, contact Blanca Ceballos at 305-328-0875 or atbceballos@ www.unitedhomecare.com.