04/28/05 — Duplin honors seniors with schedule of events

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Duplin honors seniors with schedule of events

By Bonnie Edwards
Published in News on April 28, 2005 1:48 PM

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Senior Center will join in the national celebration of Senior Center week from May 8-14.

Seniors are invited to join the celebration during the following activities:

*This week and continuing until May 5 is the Neuse River Senior Games in New Bern.

*Monday, May 9 is Recipe Exchange Day.

*May 10 is Senior Grab-Bag Day. Each senior is asked to bring a $1 or less gift item.

*May 11 is Senior Fun Day in the Park at the Kenansville Municipal Park.

*May 12 is the Senior Talent Search.

*May 13 is Senior Wish Activity.

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty, and there were few programs to meet their needs.

In April 1963, President John F. Kennedy's meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as Senior Citizens Month.

President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month in 1980.

In addition to the above-listed activities, other ideas to celebrate are in progress.

For more information or to contribute an idea, call Melissa Brown at 910-296-2140.