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4B THE BEACON 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- more.” 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,” she said. 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: Coffee Club 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! Chi Class Every Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Roscoe United Methodist Church gym, we offer gentle Chi exercise classes that improve balance, promote f