Since 1963, the month of May has been set aside as Older Americans Month in order to celebrate the contributions and achievements of elders as they continue to contribute to the community.
The Morehouse Council on Aging is continuing the tradition of paying tribute to those citizens living in Morehouse Parish by taking part in Older Americans Month activities.
MCOA Activity Directors Kim Ritchie and Debra Robinson have several activities planned through the council, one being a domino tournament, which will take place May 2.
The tournament is open to anyone over the age of 60 but pre-registration is required by April 30. There is no entry fee and Ritchie said depending on the number of people signed up, it may be played one day a week for the entire month. Other activities planned for the month include a trip to the state capital in Baton Rouge and a trip to Tallulah to participate in a Senior Olympics Fun Day and a pot luck sampler meal.
The Council also offers many programs year round for seniors such as a "Wellness Program," which has various methods of working out including free weights, aerobics, line dancing and arm chair aerobics, and a meal program where anyone over the age of 60 may receive a hot, well-balanced lunch-time meal for $1.50.
"It's a great place that seniors can come and socialize while getting a meal where the menu is prepared by a nutritionalist," Ritchie said. "They can also keep active by participating in the various workout plans."
For more information regarding the Morehouse Council on Aging or to sign up for the domino tournament, go to the nutrition center, located at 200 Elm Street, between 8 a.m. and noon and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. or call 283.0845.