MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH  

​Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:

Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger! By engaging and supporting all community members, we recognize that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives.

For more information about Older American's Month 2019, visit https://acl.gov/oam/2019/older-americans-month-2019.

The Senior Center Art Class is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

ART CLASS

2019 Picnic and Walk For Seniors
The Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging Walk For Seniors raised $21,700 in sponsorships and individual donations.  The seniors did the walking during the picnic with winners Charles King, age 71 walking 80 laps and Sheila Burchard, age 68 walking 125 laps.  Other winners were Mike Reed, Dianna Mebane and Joyce Sprulock.
Ms. Eula Williams (96) and Mr. Lanell Landry (91) were recognized as the Oldest Woman and Oldest Man in attendance.  They posed for a picture with Executive Director, Debi Fleming; Kentwood Area Supervisor, Ethel Butler and Ponchatoula Area Supervisor, Paula Dunn.
A Pretty Bonnet contest was also held with Thelma Barlow winning first prize, Virginia Guagliardo 2nd place and Janice Fluitt 3rd place.
Always a favorite activity, the Pretty Legs Contest was won by Mike Reed who entertained the group.  Carl McKay and Butch Fabre were also entertaining winning 2nd and 3rd place.  We certainly appreciate the good-humored fun of our seniors.
Men and Women’s groups of horseshoes competition was won by Butch Fabre and Myrtle Daniel.  Other winners were Ronald Brumfield, Sabrina Fluker, Betty Jackson and Mog Williams.
Parish President, Robby Miller mingled with the crowd
Several sponsors were on hand to help with judging and serving the meal
Acadian Ambulance representative Dwain Meche was on hand (just in case we needed him)
An Art Class demonstration was set up by local artist and teacher Lori Alexander.  The class held weekly in each of the 5 Senior Centers is “supported by a grant from the La. Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Dept. of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the La. State Arts Council, and as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.  Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.”  A monthly Birthday Party Celebration at each of the Centers is sponsored by Peoples Health.
Everyone enjoyed the annual Older Americans Month Picnic and Walk for Seniors in Tangipahoa Parish.

The Senior Center Art Class focuses on the special needs of the elderly.  Classes, taught by local artist Lori Alexander, are scheduled at each of the five Senior Centers.  The classes are presented in a relaxed atmosphere, encouraging seniors to work at their own pace without fear of ridicule or grade expectations.  The students work in a group setting and also receive individual attention.

"This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council."