Older Americans Month

NAS logoSerene Karplus, Nederland.  We celebrate and appreciate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions and achievements, dedicating each May since 1963 to the national Older Americans month. It is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that elders continue to contribute to our communities.

Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.

Older adults are a growing and increasingly vital part of our country and Boulder County’s population of 62,000 is projected to grow more rapidly than most others. The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts. From 69-year-old NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, Jr. to 84-year-old actress Rita Moreno to 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of American life.

Locally, we are inspired by the contributions of the many who volunteer for organizations and schools, serve on nonprofit and governmental boards, and contribute to the vitality of our community.  Thank you for all you do!

Nederland Area Seniors and Mountain MidLife would also like to thank the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) and the Commissioners of both Boulder and Gilpin Counties, for funding and providing services year round to our mountain residents – older adults, disabled individuals, and family caregivers. The AAA encourages everyone to recognize older adults who are leading and inspiring others during Older Americans Month.

Events – May (first half)

Sign up for all events (except where indicated) at 303-258-0799 or www.Meetup.com/Mountain-MidLife-Social-Group, where we post details for each event.

MML Book Group, Thu, 5/12, 6:30p.m. in private home. Read Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick. Private residence – call 303-258-0799 for location or check Meetup site.

FEATURED EVENT: Tour Historic Cardinal, Sat, 5/14, 10:00a.m. We will tour the historic town of Cardinal, two miles from Nederland, with Lexie Armitage, author of the book Cardinal Sin. We encourage all interested to join us at our MML Breakfast at 8:30am that morning (call for reservations), then carpool with us to the site. Hikers will enjoy a short hike nearby after the tour.

Medicare Basics Class, Mon, 5/16, 10 a.m. – Noon, Longmont Senior Center, and Fri, 5/20, 1:30-3:30, Lafayette Senior Center. For anyone wanting to learn more about enrollment, benefits, costs, and choices under Medicare. Call 303-441-1546 for more details.

Caregiving Symposium, Thu, 5/19, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Plaza Convention Center, 1850
Industrial Cr, Longmont. Free educational event, workshops, and resource fair for family caregivers of older adults and those interested in caregiving issues. Info and registration at www.caregivingsymposium2016.eventbrite.com or call 303-441-1685.

Everyone is invited to luncheons every Monday and Wednesday, breakfast on second Saturdays, and dinners on fourth Fridays at the Nederland Community Center. Please call two days ahead for lunch reservations and a week ahead for dinners and breakfasts to 303-258-0799. (Missed the deadline? Call anyway.)  Cost shown is under age 60/over age 60 requested contribution.

Saturday, May 14, 8:30am, $8/$5: Mountain MidLife Breakfast – Quiches (some meat, some veg), Potatoes O’Brien, WW Nut Bread, Granola, Yogurt, Fruit

Serene Karplus

About the Author: Serene Karplus – is the Executive Director of the Nederland Area Seniors, Inc. (NAS) which assists senior citizens in enhancing their quality of life, enabling them to live a life of respect and honor.  This is accomplished through the facilitation of nutrition, transportation, education, recreation, socialization and outreach programs for all seniors living in the Greater Nederland Area. Serene is a contributor to The Mountain-Ear with her Senior Scene column.