For more than 50 years, people across the country have used the month of May to acknowledge and celebrate older Americans. Here in Beachwood, Older Americans Month is particularly special to us.
The 60 community makes up more than a third of our population. We have a vibrant and active senior population that does tremendous good in this community. I am fortunate to know many of them, and they never cease to impress me.
There are too many wonderful senior residents to name, but I will share a couple examples from the many individuals who impressed me this year.
Thanks to Beachwood’s Helga Miller, residents and visitors can now enjoy new “strength and stretch bars” at Beachwood City Park. Ms. Miller, an extremely physically fit senior resident, initiated the request for this versatile exercise equipment that allows users to stretch or tone almost every muscle group in their body by using their own body resistance.
And then there is Lois Klein. Ms. Klein is a long-time volunteer that offers complimentary mahj and canasta lessons in our Community Center. She is a ball of energy and she consistently spreads joy amongst those around her.
The City has long had popular programming and services for seniors. That is in large part thanks to Community Services Director, Karen Carmen. To honor our seniors during May, Karen and her team have put together an extensive schedule of special programs to “Celebrate Seenagers.”
Healthy home exercises, memory tips, napkin folding, professional portraits and even a special dance are part of the activities featured this month. I am particularly excited to see some familiar faces, and hopefully some new ones as well, at Muffins with the Mayor on Wednesday, May 11.
The full list of activities, including date, time and location, can be found here.
Please remember to take this month to acknowledge and honor the special seniors in our community and in your life.