For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. April 28, 2014. The Washoe County Senior Services Department, the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, the Incline Village General Improvement District and other partners have scheduled 60 events and programs to celebrate Older Americans Month in May. This year’s theme is “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow” and focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.
“This May marks the 50th anniversary of Older Americans Month,” said Washoe County Senior Services Director Grady Tarbutton. “President Kennedy first declared May as the celebration of older adults in 1963, and Washoe County and this nation have continued the time honored tradition to show our appreciation of older adults in our community who have enriched, inspired, influenced and enhanced our lives.”
The Opening Ceremonies will kick off the month-long celebration at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 1 with KOLO TV anchor Amanda Sanchez as emcee. The festivities will be held at Washoe County Senior Services at Ninth Street and Sutro Street in Reno, and there will be live entertainment and a special free lunch for seniors over 60 including a dessert table prepared by Valley Services.
Those attending will also have the opportunity to learn about the many services available to seniors and their families at the Information Fair which features 35 participating agencies. Seniors can find a volunteer opportunity, connect to Veterans services or find activities to help stay safe and healthy.
Special programs and events include live theater performances, dance instruction, free admission for seniors on Wednesdays at the Nevada Museum of Art, informative talks with local politicians and cooking demonstrations. The complete schedule of activities for Older Americans Month is available on the Washoe County Senior Services website. Print versions of the program will be available at senior centers, libraries, City Hall and many other locations throughout Washoe County. For more information, call Senior Services at (775) 328-2575.