Seniors celebrate Older Americans Month
The West Rowan Senior Citizens Meal Site celebrated Older Americans Month, with a special program on May 18 conducted by Catrelia Hunter.
The 2011 theme is Older Americans: Connecting the Community.
Hunter shared the history of Older Americans Month, that was initiated in 1963, by then President Jimmy Carter. The purpose of the celebration each year is to recognize the contributions of older Americans and to lift of the needs of older Americans.
Each year the Administration on Aging issues a theme for older American month is to assist the National Aging Services Network of state, tribal, area agencies on aging and community services providers plan for activities.
The 2011 celebration pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. It also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans to live longer, healthier and more engaged lives.
The group heard the annual proclamation, issued by President Barack Obama, and information from the most recent report on Older Americans from the Administration on Aging.
In accordance with recommendation from the National Council on Aging, Seniors were encouraged to connect the community by raising their voices on issues affecting seniors, benefitting someone they love, taking control of their health and continuing to share in activities together.
The weekís activities also included an outing for 51 participants to the North Carolina mountains last Tuesday. The group enjoyed a breakfast and shopping at Shatley Springs Restaurant and Gift Shop, and shopping and touring The MAST General Store in Boone.
Louise Brown, director of the West Rowan Meal Site, expressed appreciation to the seniors who help to plan and participate in the site activities and outings. She also gratefully recognized those who volunteer each week to assist with serving meals, providing programs and maintaining the site.
The Meal Site is located at Third Creek A. M. E. Zion Church in Cleveland is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, and welcomes participation of all seniors in the surrounding community.
Regular and upcoming activities include, weekly bingo on Thursdays, hymn Singing on Fridays, monthly visits from the Rowan Public Library Bookmobile, presentations from area health professionals and agencies and arts and crafts by Norma Barber. For more information on participation, programs or services contact Louise Brown at 704-278-2581.