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Older Americans Month celebrated in Newton

COVINGTON — Newton County Senior Services is showing a little bit of extra love to the elders in the community by celebrating May as Older Americans Month.

City officials along with community leaders are holding a forum Friday specifically to inform seniors on the issues happening in Newton.

Senior Services Director Josephine Brown said a commissioner and city council member as well as a Sheriff’s Office representative will address the seniors starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

“It’s important that the persons who laid the foundation for our communities are not forgotten. Some people think that once you hit a certain again then life slows down, but in our golden years life resumes and there’s still more for us to do,” Brown said.

Every May, the nation celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize seniors for their contributions and provide them with information to help them stay healthy and active. This year, the theme is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”

Brown said following the lunch provided, seniors will learn exercises and stress management from a health and wellness expert.

Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Senior Services Center, located at 6183 Turner Lake Road in Covington.

Brown said the May celebrations will end with a country western dance at the end of the month. For more information about the Newton County Senior Services programs, contact Brown at 770-787-0038.