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- December is International Human Rights Awareness Month. 2022 will be the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document stating the fundamental rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled..
- November is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month. This month-long observance highlights the long-term care needs of older Americans over the age of 65, and how they should be assisted in their daily lives.
- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual initiative to raise public awareness about the impact of breast cancer.
- September is integration month! The Intergenerational Foundation launched Intergeneration Month with the goal to connect generations and encourage those from varying age groups to impart wisdom and learn from one another.
- August is Family Fun Month! This month focus on spending quality time with your family and those closest to you. Take that long awaited vacation, spend time outdoors, and connect with your people!
- July is Social Wellness month, and after over two years of living through a worldwide pandemic, let’s take advantage of opportunities for socializing!
- May is Older Americans Month. The 2022 theme is Age My Way, an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain involved with their communities. When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday.
- April was designated as Celebrate Diversity month in 2004 in order to educate and demonstrate the value of understanding the racial and cultural differences of our citizens. This is an acknowledgement of the differences in race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, disabilities, religion, and socio-economic status. The highlighting of these differences serves to kick off conversations that promote the necessary acceptance of all kinds of people, and to generate a vision of celebration and empathy.
- March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day, which is a day that not only celebrates female achievements and the progress made toward women’s rights, but also brings attention to ongoing struggles for equality around the world. The roots of this celebration goes back to the late 1800’s and early 1900s. It grew from women’s socialist movements and early women’s trade union groups. The focus is upon women workers, and advancing women’s rights in the workforce, politics and society.
- February is Black History Month and celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country’s history. I only recently learned that every year has a theme, and this year’s theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” focuses on: the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners while also discussing the Black community’s experience with our healthcare system.