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Age Out Loud
by Donna Clontz
Since 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been a time to celebrate the contributions and stories of the elder generation. This year’s national theme, “Age Out Loud,” underscores the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.
The Reno Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and Washoe County Senior Advisory Board will use OAM 2017 to focus on how we all can redefine aging – through work or family interests, by taking charge of our health and staying independent for as long as possible, and through our community and advocacy efforts. We can also use this opportunity to learn how we can best support and learn from our community’s older members. Throughout the month, many organizations will conduct activities and share information designed to highlight local programs and resources for seniors to strive for wellness, know their rights, stay engaged and explore new things.
Opening Ceremonies on May 1 at the Washoe County Senior Center featured an information fair, greetings from many of our local elected officials, and a special lunch with music by Jeff Wayne.
On May 15 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m,, head back to the Washoe County Senior Center to take part in a Senior Safety Fair to hear experts make presentations and answer all your concerns and questions about home safety and security, elder abuse and scams, crime prevention and fire safety, and even CPR training.
The following day at the 9th Street County Senior Center at 1:30 p.m., representatives from the DA, Reno City Attorney, Senior Law Project and others will present an open forum on a wide variety of topics such as landlord/tenant, consumer debt, wills, advance directives affecting seniors and an array of other seniors' concerns; a host of experts will take your questions and give you the answers and information you need.
Every Wednesday, the Nevada Museum or Art offers free admission. The same goes for the National Automobile Museum each Thursday in May. You can also take a guided nature walk in a Reno park every Thursday at 10 a.m. Try yoga every Wednesday afternoon at the Continuum – or Zumba every Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Paradise Park!
Starting May 18 through May 30, you can help our neediest seniors by donating new clothing, personal hygiene items, bus passes, gift cards, and more to the large blue Stuff-a-Bus barrels that are located at city and county sites throughout Washoe County. On May 30 from 4 to 6 p.m., bring your donation to the RTC Stuff-a-Bus in front of Greater Nevada Field and receive a two-forone ticket to a baseball or soccer game.
On May 31, starting at 10 a.m. at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, join the fun as we celebrate the closing of another Older Americans Month. Stop by and thank the many volunteers, sponsors and seniors that helped make these events a success. A BBQ lunch will be included along with a raffle for very cool prizes. Be sure to bring all your raffle tickets with you!
We encourage you to get involved by picking up an OAM booklet from any local senior center and attending the events. To learn more about how you may participate and celebrate this busy and informative month, contact us (775) 328-2575 or email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org.