Mercer County seniors dance to the band at the annual Mercer County Senior Nutrition Picnic held at Tall Cedars of Lebanon in Hamilton Township.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J.-Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes asks that County residents join in the national celebration of Older Americans Month in May by honoring and recognizing older adults for the contributions they make to our families, communities and society.

"This is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for older adults and to demonstrate our commitment to helping them stay healthy and active," Hughes said.

This year's theme, "Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow," focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

"We have a responsibility to ourselves to learn how to age in a healthy manner, and learning how to avoid the leading causes of injury, like falls, is a big part of that," Hughes said. "It's important for older adults to take control of their safety and well being."

The Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, advises older adults to talk to their healthcare provider about physical activities that are appropriate for them, as regular exercise helps to improve endurance, strength, balance and coordination. The ACL also advises that older adults have their vision checked regularly to help prevent injuries, and to learn how their medications might make them unsteady on their feet or affect their ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Older Americans Month will kick off in Mercer County with the sixth annual Senior Health and Information Fair sponsored by the local organization ECHO (Energetic Citizens Helping Others) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Covenant Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 471 Parkway Ave., Trenton. County Connection in Hamilton will offer several workshops aimed at older adults, including "Understanding Your Social Security Benefits" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 13, and "Welcome to Medicare" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. Call County Connection at 609-890-9800 for more information and to reserve a seat.

Hughes encourages older adults to reach out to their local senior centers and inquire as to what activities are scheduled celebrating Older Americans Month. He also reminds residents that local hospital systems have year-round programming that is geared to issues that support older adults, those living with disabilities and their caregivers.

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