To the editor:
Each year, more and more adults are making a positive impact in and around Person County. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates and more, they offer insight and experience that benefits our entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.
Here in Person County, 2017figures show people 60 years and older as the largest part of our population at 47 percent. In the next decade, the 60 and over population will be the fastest growing part of our population with 75-84 year olds increasing by 75 percent and 85 years and older by 91 percent. Did you know that 14 percent of Person County seniors are still in the work force? Did you know that 19 percent of seniors here are veterans? Did you know that 28 percent live alone and 41 percent have one or more disabilities. Just over 800 are raising their grandchildren.
Person County Senior Center provides resources to help older Personians stay healthy and independent and resources to help our community support and celebrate their diversity.
This year’s Older Americans Month theme – Connect, Create, Contribute – encourages older adults and their communities to connect with friends, family and local services and resources; create through activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment; and contribute time, talent and live experience to benefit others.
Person County Senior Center is celebrating Older Americans Month by promoting ways that community members of all ages can take part in helping Person County thrive. We encourage you to connect with us. We are located at 87 Semora Road and our phone number is 336-599-7484. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will post pictures about connecting, creating and contributing in Person County to our Facebook page. How do you stay healthy? What activities motivate you and help you to continue to grow? Share your stories of how this has changed in Person County. Email your stories and pictures or come by the senior center and share them with me.
Finally, we hope you will contribute, regardless of your age, by learning about all of the volunteer opportunities available within our community. Learn to advocate for your needs, a family member’s needs and this community’s needs.
Communities that support and recognize older adults are stronger. Join us in strengthening our community – this May and throughout the year. Visit the Person County Senior Center for ideas and inspiration and follow us on Facebook.
Editor’s note: The writer is director of the Person County Senior Center.