Aging Gracefully

Prince George’s County Celebrates Older Americans Month with the “Art of Play” Information and Resource Event

By Suite Media

older americans It is said that your best years are yet to come.

In a society obsessed with capturing the nostalgia of youth at any cost, such a dictum is ever the more profound—and necessary to remember. That’s why every May, the country comes together to honor older Americans for Older Americans Month since 1863. It’s a time to recognize and appreciate the continued achievements and contributions seniors make to their lives and communities.

On May 8, Prince George’s County Department of Family Services, Aging Services Division and County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III came together to celebrate those senior Prince Georgians living life to the fullest with the “Art of Play” information and resource event. Based on this year’s theme, “Never Too Old to Play,” the event featured resource tables, traditional and electronic games, crafts, and tours of the Camp Springs Senior Center. The 2011 and 2012 Prince George’s County and Maryland State Senior Idols winners closed the occasion with a grand vocal performance.

“It is important that we take a moment, not just for one month, but every moment to recognize and honor the seniors in Prince George’s County,” Baker said in a press release. “The contributions and sacrifices that seniors have made to Prince George’s County and the state of Maryland should be celebrated, because they are the lifeblood for our younger generation.”

“The Art of Play” is just a number of events scheduled in Prince George’s County celebrating Older Americans Month. Just some of the activities include the third annual Muster on the Court House Lawn Veteran Appreciation on May 23, the Mental Health Provider Appreciation Awards Luncheon on May 24, the Suicide-Safer Community Event on May 29 and the Mental Health Awareness Day on May 30.

“We are 120,000 seniors strong in Prince George’s County,” Theresa Grant, acting director of the Department of Family Services, said in a press release.  “We want to help seniors, not just when ailing, but it’s important to focus on health promotion, keeping them well, and making sure as many seniors age in place.”

For more information on Older Americans Month activities, call 301-265-8490 or visit

Published on Prince George’s Suite website with Suite Media byline – Monday, May 14, 2012

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