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When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”
Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.
Each May, the Administration for Community Living celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), we are focusing on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. The theme for Older Americans Month 2015 is Get into the Act.
Older Americans Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of community engagement as a tool for enhancing the well being of older adults. Now is the time to Get into the Act to make the benefits of community living a reality for more older Americans. Together we can promote healthy aging, increase community involvement for older adults, and tackle important issues like the prevention of elder abuse.
Join us for a short day trip or evening trip as we visit sites and cultural activities throughout the Greater Reno Tahoe area. These trips include tours, plays and more. Some tours or events do not include lunch/dinner with the ticket price. See Monthly newsletter for more details. Scholarships apply - except for overnight trips
The Reno-Tahoe Senior Games are a program dedicated to promoting and implementing fitness and activities for people 50 years and older. The events take place in June (Summer Games) and in February (Winter Games).
The Senior Games offer participants numerous and diverse games to compete in. Participants compete within age groups to win gold, silver and bronze medals.
Summer Games includes Archery, Badminton, Baggo, Basketball Skills, Beanbag Baseball, Billiards, Blackjack, Bowling, Croquet, Golf Tournament, Go Kart Racing, Horseshoes, Miniature Golf, Pickleball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Track & Field and Walk Racing.
Winter Games includes Archery, Baggo, Beanbag Baseball, Bowling, Card Games (Cribbage and Poker), Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing, Hockey Slap Shot/Ice Skating, Pickleball, Ski & Snowboard Racing and Table Tennis.
Competitions are grouped into men, women and coed or mixed doubles categories.
The one time registration fee - $25 includes, Closing Ceremonies lunch/dinner and dance, water bottle, t-shirt and carry bag. The $10 per sport fee makes you eligible for multiple competitions under that sport. For more information, visit our web site Reno.gov/SeniorGames, call 775-657-4602 or email SeniorServices@reno.gov. Hope we see you at the games!
Check out our new videos from the 2014 Senior Summer Games! Go to Reno.gov/SeniorGames to view them!
The community garden features forty-four ground plots, and six raised accessible beds for the use of members of the community with disabilities. The program runs from April through October with plots assigned on a first come, first served basis with a fee of $5 per plot. All participants must attend a required orientation to learn about the program.
The Community Garden has been a successful partner with many local groups. The garden also houses an intriguing resident - a six foot, 800 lb. mosaic Scarecrow. This wonderful public art piece was designed and built by local artist and sculptor Victoria Sweedler. Contact 356-3176 for more information or volunteer opportunities.