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May 17, 2017
Senior center to celebrate Older Americans Month
By Josie Sellers
COSHOCTON – May is Older Americans Month and the
Coshocton County Senior Center is planning to let se-
niors know just how awesome they are.
“I think all too often in society seniors are dismissed,”
said Christy Neighbor, co-director at the center. “We
live in such a fast paced anti-aging world, but we need to
remember that seniors have a lot of knowledge to share
with us and have lived through a lot of heartache and
jubilation. They have a lot to offer society and it’s time to
celebrate how important they are.”
A Senior Day celebration will be held on Friday, May
19 at the Coshocton County Senior Center. The theme
this year for Older Americans Month is “Age Out Loud”
and the center is playing off of that by having a karaoke
party. Bernie White will provide the music and everyone
is invited to take a turn at the microphone. The ever pop-
ular taco salad will be served for lunch and Primrose
Retirement Community will bring dessert. Door prizes
and a 50/50 drawing will round out the fun.
This month the senior center also took nominations
until May 10 for the Senior Day King and Queen. From
those nominations two king and two queen finalists
were chosen and during the week of May 15th everyone
will vote for who gets to take the crown and tiara home.
“This is a great way to remember what they (seniors)
have done for the community and for us to give back to
them,” Neighbor said.
According to the senior center’s newsletter, more than
2.5 million Ohioans are age 60 or older and this group
is growing more than 20 times faster than the overall
population. They are working longer, staying engaged in
their communities, focused on wellness and indepen-
dence and learning to advocate for themselves.
The senior center has responded to this growing
population by offering them a variety of exercise classes,
helpful guest speakers on numerous topics, travel op-
portunities, volunteer experiences and much more.
“We are busy here,” Neighbor said. “Life doesn’t have
to stop when you’re 60.”
Anyone is welcomed at the center, as it is a county
building, but programs are geared toward individuals
age 60 and older.
“Everyone is welcome, but if we have limited space for
something seniors would get priority,” Neighbor said.
“The senior center helps give them (seniors) a sense of
purpose, builds self esteem and gives them a place to
meet friends. It’s not just about lunch and Bingo any-
The special Senior Day event is a great time to come
out and see what the center has to offer. Neighbor just
suggests you sign up early as it is usually well attended.
“It’s a fun day to celebrate seniors and let them know
that they aren’t forgotten and that they are awesome,”
Senior Day activities on May 19 will start around 10:30
a.m., but Neighbor said the fun will really get going
around 11 a.m. To register or for more information on
the senior center, call 740-622-4852. The senior center is
located at 201 Brown’s Lane and is open from 8 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Coshocton Public Library is celebrating Older Americans Month
May is Older Americans Month and the
Coshocton Public Library is celebrating
in a couple of ways. First, it’s Fine Free
Month for the 55 and over crowd. Come
in and ask us about it and we’ll remove
all old and new fines from your card.
This does not apply to lost or damaged
items. And while you’re here, be sure
and put your name in the jar for a Book
Lover’s Gift Bag to be given away at the
end of the month. Also, check out our
display of novels featuring, shall we say,
‘mature’ characters as well as a selection
of non-fiction books that might appeal to
people of a certain age.
But then again, seniors will find lots of
programs and services happening at the
library all throughout the year, not just
Older American’s Month:
Seniors 55 and over meet the second
Monday of each month except January,
October, and June at 10:15 a.m. in the
large meeting room. Join us for enlight-
ening programs and lively conversations
along with coffee and refreshments.
Senior Center Book Club
This group meets the first Wednesday
of each month September through May
at 1 p.m. at the
Senior Center for discussion on a wide
variety of books. A good book is always
better when you share it with others!
Every Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Roscoe
United Methodist Church gym, we offer
gentle Chi exercise classes that improve
balance, promote f