September is Healthy Aging Month
While vision loss is not a normal part of aging, older adults are at higher risk for certain eye diseases and conditions, including:
Eye diseases often have no early symptoms, but they can be detected during a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
More than 40 million Americans are age 65 or older, and this number is expected to grow to more than 88 million by 2050. By that same year, the number of Americans with age-related eye diseases is expected to double, and the number of people living with low vision is projected to triple. Early detection and treatment are key to saving sight.
Join the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) this Healthy Aging Month to help raise awareness about eye health among older adults and let them know how they can protect their vision.
Share these resources
Give a presentation
You can share important information about how people can protect their eyes as they age. Use our toolkit to lead an educational session in your community.
Spread the word on social media
Use the Twitter and Facebook posts below to tell your followers about Healthy Aging Month. You can also use these posts to talk about healthy aging and vision all year long!
- It’s #HealthyAgingMonth! #DYK older adults with vision loss are at higher risk for falls and injuries? Research shows that getting regular eye exams and using proper prescription glasses can help prevent falls. An eye exam can also detect cataracts, which cause blurred vision. See your eye care professional and learn how you can make sure you’re seeing your best: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/vision-and-aging-resources/healthy-aging-month
- Planning a trip to your eye care professional during Healthy Aging Month? Print this list of questions to ask your doctor and bring it with you to get the conversation started: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/VandAToolkit_Mod3_Handout_508.pdf
- September is Healthy Aging Month! Needing glasses to see up close, having trouble adjusting to glare, and having difficulty distinguishing between colors are common vision changes as people age; vision loss and blindness are not. Download this fact sheet to learn more: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/VandAToolkit_Mod1_Handout_508.pdf
- Looking for resources you can use to educate older adults in your community about eye health during Healthy Aging Month? Visit https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/vision-and-aging-resources/healthy-aging-month for drop-in articles, infographics, videos, infocards, and more.
- Healthy Aging Month is a great time to remind people about what they can do to protect their vision well into their golden years. The NEHEP “See Well for a Lifetime Toolkit” offers everything you need to share information about common vision changes associated with aging, age-related eye diseases and conditions, and steps people can take to protect their sight. Visit https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/vision-and-aging-resources/see-well-lifetime-toolkit to learn more.
- It’s #HealthyAgingMonth! #DYK older adults with vision loss are at higher risk for falls and injuries? See your eye care professional and learn how you can make sure you’re seeing your best: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/vision-and-aging-resources/healthy-aging-month
- Planning a trip to your eye doctor during #HealthyAgingMonth? Print this list of questions to ask your doctor: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/VandAToolkit_Mod3_Handout_508.pdf
- Vision can change as you get older, but vision loss & blindness are NOT a normal part of aging: https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/VandAToolkit_Mod1_Handout_508.pdf #HealthyAgingMonth
- Looking for resources you can use to educate people about eye health during #HealthyAgingMonth? Visit https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/vision-and-aging-resources/healthy-aging-month
- Inform older adults how to protect vision during #HealthyAgingMonth w/ the See Well for a Lifetime Toolkit: https://nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/vision-and-aging-resources/see-well-lifetime-toolkit