May is Older Americans Month. Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s observance of this important celebration. Important because Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the nation for number of persons age 65 and over. Important because 19.4 percent of Adams County’s residents are age 65 and up. The theme for 2019 is Connect, Create, Contribute, which encourages older adults and their communities to connect with friends, family and services; create by engaging in activities that promote learning and personal enrichment; and contribute time, talent and life experience to benefit others.
The Adams County Office for Aging Inc. (ACOFA) benefits every day from people who choose to contribute by serving as volunteers for our agency. Adults age 60-plus are present at all levels of local government and in most organizations and initiatives that serve others throughout the county.
The connect part is easy for those who attend Spring Fling – ACOFA’s annual Older Americans Month health and wellness event. Spring Fling celebrates healthy aging and connects older adults (whatever age you believe them to be) to the programs, services and supports available to help people continue living in the best way possible.
Spring Fling is a partnership between ACOFA and the PA LINK to Aging & Disability Resources. All adults, family members and caregivers are invited to attend on Wednesday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As in past years, the event will be held in Hauser Field House, located at the end of West Lincoln Avenue, on the Gettysburg College campus.
The morning of Spring Fling features exhibits from health, medical, financial, insurance and human services as well as other area businesses. From 9 a.m. until noon, participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from business and non-profit organizations and to obtain important information about services and volunteer opportunities.
Entertainment from 10 to 11 a.m. will be provided by Tall in the Saddle. The band’s performance is sponsored by Gateway Health Insurance. Door prizes will be awarded before lunch. There is no charge to attend the morning festivities.
Lunch will be served at noon in the college dining center. Lunch tickets are $6.00 and may be obtained at the ACOFA main office located at 318 W. Middle St., Gettysburg, or at any of the seven senior centers. People age 60-plus and persons with disabilities and their caregivers will be given preference. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, May 17.
After lunch, everyone is invited to return to the field house to play bingo from approximately 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Businesses from around the county are welcome to donate prizes.
Transportation can be arranged through the senior centers or by calling rabbittransit at 1-800-632-9063. Shuttle service, also provided by rabbittransit, will be available from the parking lot next to Musselman Stadium to the exhibit hall. Street parking is very limited so using the lot and shuttle service is strongly encouraged.
Check this space next month for information about the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables which will be available starting in June.
For more information about Spring Fling call ACOFA at 334-9296 or 1-800-548-3240.