‘Age out loud’ during Older Americans Month

Dear Editor,

John F. Kennedy first designated May as Senior Citizens Month in 1963. Since that time, each May has been a time to celebrate and pay tribute to older Americans.

What is now known as Older Americans Month offers a special opportunity to learn about, support and recognize our older citizens.

The Administration on Aging has announced that this year’s theme is “Age Out Loud”.

Older Americans are working longer, volunteering, trying new things and engaging in their communities. The meaning of aging has changed and this is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate those changes.

There were 47.8 million people age 65 and older in the United States as of July 2015. This accounts for 14.9 percent of the total population. That number will increase dramatically in the coming years and projections show that by 2060, one in every 4 citizens will be age 65 or older, (found at ACL.gov).

Generations Unlimited has served a vital role in the community for the past 43 years by providing services for older Barnwell County residents.

We have two updated, cheerful Senior Centers (Barnwell and Blackville) dedicated to meeting the needs of our seniors. In addition to a hot, nutritious meal, we have exercise classes, educational classes, arts and crafts, nutrition education, bible study, BINGO and recreational trips.

We also use volunteers to deliver home delivered meals to seniors who are homebound.

We provide transportation for seniors to our senior centers, medical appointments, shopping and recreational trips.

In an effort to recognize our seniors, Generations Unlimited will be hosting a Senior Appreciation Day on May 31 at the Gail Reyes Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We will have hamburgers and hotdogs, outdoor games and music.

We are inviting the community to join our celebration.

We will also be hearing from some of our seniors who will be sharing how they are Aging Out Loud.

Follow us on Facebook for some of their stories at Blackville Senior Center and Gail Reyes Senior Center.

Sincerely,

Lisa Firmender,

Director

Generations Unlimited