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(Woodbury) - Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene M. Reed, Liaison to Health and Senior Services announced today that the month of May will be dedicated to honoring our older Americans. During this month various activities will be held to celebrate Gloucester County's senior residents. This year's national theme is Celebrate long-term living.

It is important to recognize our seniors for the commitments they have made over the years to their families. They have also made valuable contributions to their communities and many have served and defended our country, said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. They deserve to have a month when they can feel appreciated and respected, said Sweeney.

Older people are living longer and staying healthier and more active much later in life, said Freeholder Helene M. Reed, Liaison to Health and Senior Services. Our senior citizens are a significant part of our communities and we value them. It is important that we take the time to honor them in the month of May but I also encourage residents to find opportunities to address their needs throughout the year, said Reed.

The County will host three events at Auletto Caterers this month honoring county senior citizens. On May 4th at 11 a.m. a reception will be held recognizing a senior volunteer for their valuable contributions to the community and their peers.

The annual senior citizen talent show, The Golden Follies, will be held on May 9th at 11 a.m.

Senior Health and Fitness Day is scheduled for May 12th starting at 9 a.m. All Gloucester County Seniors are invited to enjoy a free breakfast and interact with a variety of vendors providing information on services addressing health needs. Prior to this event, the Division of Health will be at the Deptford Mall between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to provide interested individuals with blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar screenings. Registration is required for this event by calling (856) 232-4646 ext. 4930 by May 9th.

On May 25th a will signing ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the county offices at 5 Points. Any resident of Gloucester County over the age of 60 is eligible for a free will. Call (856) 232-4646 for more information.

Older Americans Month originated with a presidential proclamation in May 1963. It has been proclaimed by the president every year since then. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities.