WRC Senior Services Celebrates Older Americans Month, National Nursing Home Week

BROOKVILLE, Pa. – WRC Senior Services is joining with the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to celebrate Older Americans Month 2017. ACL designed the 2017 theme, Age Out Loud, for this annual celebration of older Americans.

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 Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.

Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A nurse for 55 years who dreamed of travel. At age 75, Hillary became the first African American woman to set foot on the North Pole. In 2011, at age 79, she set another first when she stepped onto the South Pole. Former president George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving. Actress Betty White, now 95 years old, became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live in 2010; coincidentally during May – the same month recognized as Older Americans Month (OAM).

Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the ACL, the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize the 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.

WRC Senior Services will use Older Americans Month 2017 to focus on how older adults in the 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. WRC Senior Services will also use this opportunity to learn how they can best support and learn from the community’s older members.

WRC Senior Services is also celebrating National Nursing Home week during May 14-20, 2017. The theme for this year’s week-long celebration is “Spirit of America.” The public is invited to a proclamation by State Representative Chris Dush, followed by light refreshments and entertainment, on Monday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m., at the Laurelbrooke Landing Campus. There will also be a fountain opening ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

WRC would like to thank our dedicated staff for all they do. Please join WRC Senior Services and ACL as we speak up for Older Americans Month 2017 and Age Out Loud this May.

For more information on WRC Senior Services and its communities, please visit www.wrc.org or call 814-849-1205.

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