May is Older Americans Month! This year’s national theme is “Unleash the Power of Age.”
Every older American has a wealth of talents, experiences and interests worth celebrating. No matter what your age, be sure to celebrate all you have achieved and all you have to offer to your family, friends, neighbors and community: Dance in your kitchen, make music, plant a garden, have dinner with friends, write a poem, take pictures, make memories and continue to share the vibrant life that you lead.
The Urbana Senior Center provides opportunities for older adults to come together to share, learn, and simply enjoy each other’s company. Here are some highlights of our May programs:
Wednesday, May 1
Attorneys will be at the senior center to assist with the completion of Health Care Advance Directives. Make your appointment today for this free service.
Competitive Energy Markets
Wednesday, May 1, 1 p.m.
Learn about the benefits of competitive energy markets and customer choice. David Kline from First Energy/Potomac Edison will give a short presentation and then answer questions.
Ways to a Healthier Heart
Thursday, May 2, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This health fair, focusing on the heart, is organized by the Towson University School of Nursing. Learn how proper nutrition, exercise, dental hygiene, medications, and cardiac testing can be beneficial to your heart’s health. This program will be held at the Department of Aging located at 1440 Taney Ave. in Frederick.
Mobile Information and Assistance (I&A)
Wednesday, May 8, 10 a.m.
A team from Maryland Food Bank, Energy Assistance and the Department of Aging will visit the center to provide information, answer questions and complete applications for SNAP (food stamps), Energy Assistance, and Medicare Subsidies. This program is offered the second Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, May 8, 1 p.m.
Worried about ticks and the diseases they may carry? Learn about Lyme Disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment options and coinfections. Robert Cloutier, Frederick Lyme Disease support group, will be the speaker.
Omelet Bar/Ask Nurse Steve
Wednesday, May 15, Noon
Omelets created to order! Choose from a variety of ingredients to make lunch your way. Nurse Steve’s talk will be, “How much sleep do I really need? What should I do when counting sheep doesn’t help?”
Wednesday, May 22, 1 p.m.
Needs some tips about positive aging and conscientious aging? Are you retired and wanting to reinvent yourself for your second act in life? Then this is the discussion for you! Program is presented by Pam MacDonald a licensed therapist.
Mondays at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Come to knit, crotchet or just talk. This is an informal group whose members help each other with projects, patterns and learning new skills.
Exercise to Video
Mondays – Thursdays, 11 a.m.
Come exercise with us! These videos are made especially for seniors.
Drop-in Any Time
Drop-in anytime. We are open for you to use our computers, play a game, have a cup of coffee or tea, read the newspaper or chat with other seniors.
Free WiFi and computers, with high-speed Internet access, are available for use any time the center is open.
Each month we publish a complete schedule of our programs. Copies of the monthly calendar are available at the Urbana Senior Center, 9020 Amelung Street (bottom floor of the library building) or on our website, www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/aging, or via phone at 301.600.7020.
Editor’s Note: Susan Hofstra is coordinator of the Urbana Senior Center, Frederick County Department of the Aging.