Michael's Message - May is Older Americans Month!
Dear Shipley Center Members and Friends,
You are what we are here for! You are why Shipley Center exists! We aim to be with you on a journey to help you expand your circle of Friendships, explore more Recreational pursuits, and experience more Educational opportunities every month.
This month is special because it is Older Americans Month. We have a schedule that is jam packed with things to do and places to go. We hope you are willing and able to get out of the house and join the fun.
The theme this year for this national celebration is Connect, Create, Contribute, and we have lots of ways to help you do all three! The Administration for Community Living, which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, says that “Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger! By engaging and supporting all community members, we recognize that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks and lives. Everyone benefits when everyone can participate. We encourage you to connect, create, and contribute for stronger and more diverse communities this May, and throughout the year.
Ways we can connect including joining a senior center and participating in the social activities and programs offered. You can also plan a game night with friends at one of your homes, or get together for crafting or to watch a special TV show, sporting event, or movie. You could make a lunch date with friends at The Cafe at Shipley Center, too!
Show off your creative side by joining an art class or painting group here at the Center. You can also explore Fiber Arts and learn new stitches and techniques to make unique and useful items for yourself, friends, family, or to donate to our little Craft Store to sell to benefit your Center!
You are also encouraged to attend when we join the Sequim Art Walk on June 7, from 5pm to 8pm. You can come just to look, or if you have artwork to display, sell or donate, contact Shamya, our Program Director. Other ways to be creative are to take a class to learn something new on the computer, or maybe learn how to tap dance of hula! You can also create for yourself a fitness plan that includes regular exercise at home – or better yet – here at Shipley Center. Be sure to attend our National Fitness Day celebration on May 29th!
And last, but not least, find new creative ways to contribute! The experiences of a lifetime and talents and skills we have gained along the way are in our brains – let’s share them! Our fantastic volunteer activity leaders are sharing what they know and what they know how to do with us!
We are always grateful when we see our activity leaders come through the doors to share more with us each week. Can’t think of a class or activity to lead? Maybe youd’ like to help with fundraisers for the Center, or serve on a committee or on the board of directors?
The Older Americans Month resources also suggest joining a community organization or attend planning meetings in your City to make your voice heard on issues you care about. And finally, you can contribute to the younger generations by sharing your stories of history and culture as you have experienced them.
Thanks for all the ways you contribute to Shipley Center! Have a great Older American Month!