Older Americans to be honored countywide in May

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Nutrition Center Director Hassie Green and members of Troy’s Nutrition Center look on as Mayor Jason A. Reeves reads a proclamation Tuesday declaring the month of May “Older Americans Month” in Troy.

A large gathering of Troy’s “finest” listened intently as Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves extolled the contributions of older Americans during a proclamation signing at Troy City Hall Tuesday.

With a swift pen, the mayor proclaimed the month of May Older Americans Month in Troy.

Reeves said that everything that this country has was built on the foundation of those who came before them.

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“We appreciate your contributions and acknowledge your accomplishments,” the mayor said.

Pike County Commission Chairman Homer Wright also presented a proclamation signed earlier by the County Commission acknowledging the important role that senior adults play in today’s society.

“Every year since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions and achievements,” said Hassie Green, director of the Troy Nutrition Center. “It’s a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that senior adults contribute to our communities.”

The theme of the 2013 Older Americans Month is “Unleash the Power of Age.”

“The theme emphasizes the important role of older adults,” Green said. “This month, communities across the nation will recognize older Americans as productive, active and influential members of society.”

Green said that, during the month of May, the Troy Nutrition Center will acknowledge the value that older adults bring to the community in a variety of ways.

“We will begin our celebration of Older Americans Month today with a field trip to Trojan Arena,” Green said. “Many of our clients have not had an opportunity to see this amazing facility. We will have lunch at the new dining hall. I know our seniors will be in awe of what our hometown university has to offer.”

Throughout the month, Green said the center will feature “Senior Shout Outs” and different seniors will share their stories and talents.

“We will also take this opportunity to honor former mayor Jimmy Lunsford,” Green said. “We want to thank him for his untiring efforts to get this wonderful new facility for us. This facility will be enjoyed by senior adults for many years to come.”

On May 10, the senior adults will attend a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game at Riverwalk Stadium. The month-long celebration will end on May 30 with a cookout hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.