Libraries to celebrate Older Americans Month

DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) announced a lineup of free programs for Older Americans Month (OAM) that will be hosted throughout May at locations across DeKalb.

According to the Administration for Community Living, “OAM is a time for us to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of older Americans, highlight important trends, and strengthen our commitment to honoring our older citizens.”

DCPL officials said they will host more than 30 programs in May, including book clubs, arts and crafts, bingo games, line dance lessons, health and fitness classes, retirement planning, and other programs focused on older citizens.

According to a news release, DCPL is collaborating with DeKalb County Human Services and DeKalb County Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs for several OAM programs. Some of these programs are co-located at neighborhood and multipurpose senior centers or other county facilities.

“We have some very active seniors in DeKalb who love the library, and we look forward to celebrating Older Americans Month with them each year,” said Library Branch and Takeout service supervisor Myguail Chappel. “Members of the community who serve on our Senior Advisory Board help guide the programs and services we offer for OAM year-round. With their feedback, we have something to do for most everyone.”

People ages 65 and older make up 16 percent of DeKalb County’s population, according to the U.S. Census. There are no age requirements for OAM events at DeKalb Libraries, but registration is required for some events.

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