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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/07/12
Mayor Kasim Reed Kicks Off Older Atlantans Month
Hundreds of seniors attend “Never Too Old to Play” Health & Wellness Fair
In honor of Older Atlantans Month, Mayor Kasim Reed kicked off a month-long celebration today at City Hall to pay tribute to Atlanta’s senior citizens. Hundreds of seniors joined Mayor Reed for the event which included live musical performances, dancing, catered lunch, and dozens of health and wellness vendors.
“Atlanta’s seniors are a vital part of our neighborhoods, civic and social organizations, and every day they make a positive impact on our communities,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Older Atlantans Month is our chance to show our appreciation, and support our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our city through their service. From volunteering in efforts such as neighborhood clean-ups to mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, older Atlantans help make our city better because of their wisdom and experience.”
Each year, Atlanta joins cities across the nation in showing its appreciation and recognizing the commitment, achievements, and contributions of older Americans as they continue to enrich and strengthen their communities. Today’s event was hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.
Mayor Kasim Reed added: “My administration is committed to making Atlanta a safer and more caring city for all age groups, from young people who need after-school activities to seniors who need assistance with services such as low-cost heating and transportation options.”
The national theme for Older Americans Month 2012, “Never Too Old to Play,” encourages older Americans to stay engaged and active in their communities. According to the Administration on Aging, older Americans are living longer, healthier and richer lives.
“We are coming together again to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Atlantans — the men and women of our great city who possess the wisdom, experience, and the will to realize their dreams and offer advice along the way,” said Hazetta Harris, chairperson of the Senior Citizens Steering Committee.
Each year, Atlanta joins cities across the nation in showing appreciation and support for seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities. Atlanta has celebrated Older Atlantans Month since 1977.
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