Camp Springs, MD – In recognition of Older Americans Month, the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services Aging Services Division was joined by County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III to host the “Art of Play” information and resource event for seniors. The theme for Older Americans Month 2012 is “Never Too Old to Play!” This year’s theme puts a spotlight on older adults and encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities.
The “Art of Play” information event featured resource tables, traditional game play and crafts, electronic game play (sponsored by Best Buy), tours of the Camp Springs Senior Center, and closed with a grand finale of singing by 2011 and 2012 Prince George’s County and Maryland State Senior Idols winners.
“It is important that we take a moment, not just for one month, but every moment to recognize and honor the seniors in Prince George’s County,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “The contributions and sacrifices that seniors have made to Prince George’s County and the state of Maryland should be celebrated, because they are the lifeblood for our younger generation.
Since 1963, communities across the nation have joined in the annual commemoration of Older Americans Month—a tradition that shows the nation’s commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older Americans. This year’s celebrations will recognize the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities. Older Americans Month is an opportunity to show appreciation for the older adults in the community.
“We are 120,000 seniors strong in Prince George’s County,” said Department of Family Services Acting Director Theresa Grant. “We want to help seniors, not just when ailing, but it’s important to focus on health promotion, keeping them well, and making sure as many seniors age in place.
For more information on Older Americans Month Activities, call the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services Aging Services Division at 301-265-8490 or visit princegeorgescountymd.gov/aging