Annapolis, MD (May 8, 2014) – May is Older Americans Month, a tradition dating back to 1963. Once called Senior Citizens Month, it honors the legacies and ongoing contributions of older Americans and supports them as they enter the next stage in life. The national theme this year is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”
County Executive Laura Neuman and the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities are honoring Older Americans Month with a Senior Week celebration, May 2-9. “Senior Week is an opportunity to recognize the legacies and contributions of Anne Arundel County's experienced Americans,” said County Executive Neuman. “We can all benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of our seniors, and what they bring to younger generations.”
The week will conclude tomorrow with the Pascal Senior Activity Center Garden Party featuring County Executive Laura Neuman. There will be a range of garden-themed exhibitors and lectures, a ranger-led nature walk, bird identification, and entertainment provided by Gerry Swarbrick and Charlie Birney. Food will be provided by Doughy Dog and a Pascal Seniors, Inc. bake sale. There will be free samples and informational seminars for gardeners of all ages and abilities. County Executive Neuman will present flowers to women attending the Garden Party in celebration of Mother’s Day.
The Department of Aging and Disabilities held its annual Older Americans Month Kickoff on Friday, May 2 in the Heritage Office Complex courtyard located at 2666 Riva Road in Annapolis, MD. Tim Amann and 1430 WNAV provided entertainment, the Arundel Alarmers provided participants with lunch, and for dessert, Bruster’s and Rita’s served samples of ice cream and Italian ice. Participants played games with Senior Olympians as well as viewed displays from County departments and partners, including the Fire Department, Department of Health, Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The O’Malley Senior Activity Center hosted an Open House and Evening of the Arts on Wednesday, May 7 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Artwork from senior center members was featured and light refreshments were served. The event offered participants the opportunity to tour a local senior center. Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities staff were on hand for those who wished to learn more about our services. Anne Arundel County staff also visited senior service providers throughout the week to thank them for all they do for the community.
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