INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the older adults in our community. Since 1963, communities across the nation have joined in the annual commemoration of Older Americans Month — a proud tradition that shows our nation's commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older Americans.The theme “Never Too Old to Play!” puts a spotlight on the important role older adults play in sharing their experience, wisdom, and understanding, and passing on that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways. This year's celebrations will recognize the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities.As large numbers of baby-boomers reach retirement age, communities have increased their efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for older adults — many of whom remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Current trends show that people over age 60 account for an ever-growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations, online social networking as well as arts and recreational groups. Participants of Incline Village Parks andamp; Recreation's IVGID Senior Program support these trends.Lifelong participation in social, creative, and physical activities has proven health benefits, including retaining mobility, muscle mass, and cognitive abilities. But older adults are not the only ones who benefit from their engagement in community life. Studies show their interactions with family, friends, and neighbors across generations enrich the lives of everyone involved. Young people who have significant relationships with a grandparent or elder report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals, and life choices and gave them a sense of identity and roots.IVGID Senior Programs is joining in the national celebration of Older Americans Month 2012 with activities and events to promote intergenerational engagement and recreation. IVGID Senior Program's signature event, Ageless Wisdom, will be held on May 31, 2012 and boasts a plethora of activities planned specifically to showcase Incline Village/Crystal Bay. The full schedule is below.To find out how you can support Older Americans Month 2012 and take part in intergenerational enjoyment, call 775-832-1301, visit www.InclineSeniors.com or come in to the Incline Village Recreation Center at 980 Incline Way.
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