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County Executive John R. Leopold Celebrates Older Americans

Anne Arundel County Centenarians to be Honored

Annapolis (May 21, 2008) - County Executive John R. Leopold will host a celebration for Anne Arundel County's senior residents in recognition of Older Americans Month. "Forever Young" will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Anne Arundel Community Colleges Pascal Center for the Performing Arts in Arnold. Open to all residents over the age of 55, the Forever Young Older Americans Month celebration will be set in a carnival-like atmosphere with light refreshments available.

During the event, County Executive John R. Leopold will honor more than a dozen Anne Arundel County Centenarians with Executive Citations.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize all of the County's residents who are 60 years of age or older at this event," said County Executive John R. Leopold. "Of particular distinction are those residents who have reached the age of 100-people whose lives are rich with experience and knowledge from which we all can benefit."

Older Americans Month was established in 1963, by the Federal Administration on Aging, when there were approximately 17 million Americans 65 or older. It continues to build awareness and provide recognition to this growing population of citizens which could reach 40 million by the year 2010.  In addition, Older Americans Month also serves to honor the more than 500,000 volunteers around the nation, many of whom are older adults themselves and actively give back to the community to enhance the lives of older Americans.

Specifically, Older Americans Month seeks to bring attention to the issues that affect older Americans. The goal is to improve their overall quality of life by helping them make healthy behavioral changes in their lifestyle, make informed decisions about-and gain better access to-existing health and long-term care options, and know their options in avoiding nursing home placement in order to remain at home as long as possible.

For further information on the Forever Young celebration, contact Barbara Buchlietner at (410) 222-4464. Free van transportation is available from each of the seven Senior Activity Centers at 9:15 a.m. on May 28. For assistance with Transportation, call (410) 222-4826. Anyone needing special accommodations must contact Barbara Buchlietner at (410) 222-4464, through Maryland Relay 711, or by e-mail at agbuch00@aacounty.org at least 7 days in advance of the event. All materials are available in alternative formats upon request.


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