Aging Out Loud!
Throughout May 2017, we browsed through the beautiful Older Americans Month (OAM) booklet and picked out a few things to attend to learn something new, explore activities we’ve never tried or just go have some fun! There were over 70 choices for events covering four themes for OAM this year. A VERY LOUD THANK YOU to all our organizers, hosts and presenters! Here are some of the highlights:
Strive for Wellness: There were Zumba, yoga and meditation classes, discovery walks in our local parks, help with medication management, archery lessons, learning how to prevent falls and stay safe at home, aquacise, pickleball, dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, line dancing, an open house at UNR’s Sanford Center for Aging and tour of its new Geriatric Specialty Clinic. Our local police, fire and emergency responders put on a terrific senior safety fair and taught CPR to seniors.
Know Your Rights: Attorneys George McNally, from the Senior Law Project and Homa Woodrum from Nevada Aging and Disability Services advised seniors on preventing evictions, telephone scams, elder abuse and more. Seniors in the audience made plans for further assistance. Wells Fargo experts hosted several sessions at local libraries about budgeting on a fixed income and preventing elder financial abuse.
Stay Engaged: We attended city council and county commission meetings to make public comment and receive our OAM proclamations, enjoyed several picnics, went to a thought-provoking Nevada Humanities Salon called “Aging Creatively” at Sundance Books, saw a unique and witty performance of Aging Repertory Theater at the Reno Little Theater, and took an informative ride to Northern Nevada Food Bank on an RTC bus, learning about RTC’s programs for seniors and how the Food Bank serves thousands of hungry seniors in our region.
Explore New Things: Folks aged 50+ enjoyed free entries for OAM to the National Automobile Museum every Thursday and free entry to the Nevada Art Museum every Wednesday; a group took a guided walk of downtown Sparks with Scott Carey coupled with a visit to the Sparks Heritage and Train Museum. There was a jaunt to Genoa Hot Springs and to the Saturday matinee Broadway show, “Cinderella” at the Pioneer Center.