May Is 'Older Americans Month'



Ah, spring -- season of youth. But, do you know that May is also Older Americans Month? The event has been observed since 1963 and the theme for this year is "Older Americans: Making Choices for a Healthier Future."

A few seniors we could celebrate this month are Ron Chesley, who was named Gila County Senior of the Year, and Eunice Heisner, who was named Pinal County Senior of the Year at the recent 32nd Annual Fair and Bazaar presented by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Legal assistance for seniors will be offered beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Advance appointments are required and may be made at the Information Desk in the Center Lobby. This service is provided by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens on a donation basis.

Bethany Beck from the Town of Payson will speak at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, on the Town's Home Improvement Program in the Center Dining Room. Medicare Management is the topic to be discussed at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Center. Helen Denton is the presenter.

The monthly birthday luncheon will be held at noon Friday, May 23. Menu for the day is ham steak, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, cake and ice cream and beverage. Please make reservations at least 24 hours in advance.

Penny Mayer is Volunteer of the Month for May. Penny helps with dining room chores and has been a volunteer for two years.

Stop in at the Center to pick up a schedule of other events being held there.

The Senior Thrift Store, adjacent to the Center, is having a 25 percent off sale on all clothing marked with orange tags. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

Two new games are being introduced to the Payson Regional Senior Circle's schedule. Cribbage will be played from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Persons interested in playing Bunco are invited to sign up on an interest list. This group hopes to begin in July.

Dessert with the Director will be held at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Activity Center. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 472-9290.

May 21 is the date of the next Member/New Member Luncheon. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Mexican food will be served. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Activity Center. Please make reservations no later than three days prior to the luncheon.

Senior Circle Volunteer of the Month is Judi Harman, who has been a Senior Circle Ambassador volunteer since 2005.

Judi is manager of the Circle Shoppe and also leads the Passive Exercise class.

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