Fulton County to Celebrate Older Americans Month | Community Spirit
Atlanta Braves recognize that you’re “Never too Old to Play” through the donation of 200 tickets to Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities
The month of May is when the nation honors older Americans and the theme for 2012 —Never Too Old to Play!— recognizes the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities. Throughout May, Fulton County will shine the spotlight on the important role older adults play in our community. The celebration officially begins May 2, when the Fulton County Board of Commissioners issues a proclamation honoring senior adults living in Fulton County.
The observance continues on May 3, 2012, at 12:10 p.m. at Turner Field. The Atlanta Braves will take on the Philadelphia Phillies as they honor Fulton County Seniors through the donation of 200 tickets to senior multipurpose facilities. Seniors can also listen to the game on WNNX 100.5 NN 680 or tune in to SPSO (Television). County staff will distribute tickets through raffles for multipurpose facility participants. The tickets are a part of the “Reach Out, Be our Guest Program. Braves players who have contributed to the “Reach Out, Be Our Guest Program” include Tim Hudson, Chipper Jones, Brian McCann, Craig Kimbrel, Michael Bourn and Martin Prado.
With a population of 177,755 persons age 55 years or older, making up 19.3% of the total Fulton county population, older adults represent one of the fastest growing and most vibrant groups in the population.
As large numbers of baby-boomers reach retirement age, Fulton County is among many communities that have increased efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for older adults—many of whom remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Current trends show that people over age 60 account for an ever-growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations, online social networking as well as arts and recreational groups.
Lifelong participation in social, creative, and physical activities has proven benefits that support healthy aging. Older adults have built and continue to build healthy and vibrant communities for all of us to enjoy. May 2012 is one of many opportunities to say “thank you” to a generation that has enriched the lives of the community.
The month-long celebration will also feature events at the four senior multipurpose facilities. Activities include appreciation luncheons to express thanks to those who provide volunteer services at the facilities, Community Days to introduce the surrounding community to the services and resources provided by Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities, Mother’s Day celebrations, fashion shows and health and fitness activities.
For more information about Older Americans Month, call the STARline at 404-613-6000 or visit www.fultoncountyga.gov