Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month—the 2017 Theme is Age Out Loud

Tift County Older American Month Chairman Craig Sowell announces activities to be held throughout May.
Sowell said that the committee has once again put together an array of activities to highlight and show appreciate for our seniors 55 and older. The George A. Wright Memorial Award Luncheon which is the kick-off for the month will be held at the First Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 2 at 11:30 a.m. sponsored by Byrd Enterprises and other sponsors. This luncheon is given in Mr. Wright’s honor because of his outstanding contributions as a citizen of Tift County, Georgia, a perpetual memorial for George A. Wright has been established which will be awarded to individuals, sixty years of age and older, who exemplify the qualities that George Wright exhibited. His many examples to us all include: his contribution as a community servant and civic leader; his Christian witness as a church man; his service as a dedicated patriotic American; his loving devotion to his family; and his career as an outstanding businessman.

Fran Kinchen, Tift County Older American Committee member, said the theme “Age Out Loud” proves that getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best,

Since 1963, OAM has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.

More and more seniors are taking on new activities and challenges—which is a great way to live longer and stay independent longer. The Tifton Community will use OAM 2017 to focus on how older adults in our community are redefining aging—through work or family interests, by taking charge of their health and staying independent for as long as possible, and through their 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.

Mr. Sowell said that throughout the month, the local Older American Committee will conduct activities and share information designed just for our seniors. We encourage you to get involved. He told of the following Free events taking place during the month of May. He said that Exercise Classes will be held each Mon. Tues. & Thursdays at 9am at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center. Each Monday Chair Yoga is held at the LRSC at 10:15a.m. And each 2nd Tuesday from 9-5pm the Salvation Army will offer BOGO Days for Seniors 60 and over. Also on Wednesday’s May 3, 24 & 31 a low impact Aerobics and line dancing class for seniors will be offered at 10:15 a.m. at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center.

Other Activities are listed in the calendar below: