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Weekly Village News for May 3, 2024

Updated: May 6

From Frank...


May is Older Americans Month!  Although I understand and appreciate commemorations, I truly wish that our society celebrated older adults more in our daily lives, within our neighborhoods, and as an integral part of our society. It’s more than just seeing older adults as wise and having lots of experience. While it may be true that older adults have more experience, have learned important lessons, and have perspectives and/or wisdom to share, we (I am 57 so I think I count as an older adult) still have important contributions to make. Just think, many loved Betty White, not only because she was in her late-nineties and still performing, but because she was funny. She kept sharing her gift (to the delight of many!)


The theme for this year’s Older Americans Month is “Powered by Connection.” We know from the National Institute of Aging that greater connection leads to better health for older adults, so our Village, and many other aging-related organizations, promote social interaction and engagement. (Sorry, I know you’ve heard this from me repeatedly, but it’s so important that I can’t help but repeat the message.) Equally as important, perhaps, is the message that “Powered by Connection” requires that we each put ourselves out there for others to know, experience, and appreciate. It brings to mind the famous quote (attributed to multiple people) which says, “Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”


My hope, especially for this month as we celebrate Older Americans, is that each of us will find a way to share ourselves and connect more with others. Consider some of our upcoming activities as a means of doing just that. We have the Sunday Supper (May 12), Lunch Bunch (May 8) , the Jazz concert (May 19) in the lovely garden of the Omni Shoreham Hotel, and a trip to the Phillips Collection (May 16).  I hope to see you at one of these events.


P.S.We will also be having a very important educational seminar via Zoom on May 9th at 7pm.Christine Bitzer from Seabury Resources for the Aging will discuss hiring home care aides. Click here to register for this session. It is free and open to anyone. As I mentioned last week, when we are prepared, we have more options than when we are facing a crisis with limited information.  

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