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Senior Services gears up for Older Americans Month

COVINGTON - Newton County Senior Services is sending a clear message for Older Americans Month in May: "Just because you get old doesn't mean life stops," said Freda Reed, activities director.

Senior Services will kick off the month will the annual Chairman/Mayor's Walk on Friday, May 3.

"The purpose is to make the community aware of senior citizens and how active they still are and how they make a great contribution to the community," Reed said. "Over about 400 seniors come in and out of this building. They range from retired doctors, lawyers, principals of schools, etc. and they are very active and very concerned with things going on in the community."

The walk is open to all age groups in support of senior citizens. Last year, the oldest walker was age 86. Residents at local senior living facilities and children from Peachtree Academy also participated. Typically, elected officials also take part.

The group will gather at 9:30 a.m. at the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington and begin the walk to Turner Lake Complex at 10 a.m.

Once there, at 11 a.m., a competitive walk at the Turner Lake Complex Gym will take place. There will be a 1-mile and half mile, with and without walkers. At noon, they can enjoy a hot dog lunch.

"We're inviting everyone to come help us walk just to bring awareness to our seniors," Reed added. The walk is free.

This year's theme for Older Americans Month is "Unleash the Power of Age."

Senior Services has several other events planned to celebrate Older Americans Month at the Senior Center at Turner Lake Complex.

-- The Fellowship Yard Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 10.

-- International Day takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 17. Seniors are welcome to experience the food, costumes and entertainment from different countries. Tickets are $5 per person.

-- Senior Leadership Day and Meet and Greet takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 31. Seniors can talk to local and state officials and learn more about what is available to seniors in the community.

For more information on any of these events, contact Senior Services at 770-787-0038.