Older Americans Month marked

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Senior Services Director David Hacker and the Senior Services team visited the commissioners for the proclamation of May as Older Americans Month. Hacker said a wide variety of activities were planned, including the Older Americans Caregiver Extravaganza the prior Tuesday at the mall. Next Friday will feature the Ho-down on the Hill celebration at the JB Martins Center 11:30 a.m. The rodeo will include trick-riding and vendors.

He noted the demands at the 10 senior centers, pointing out that the average percentage of seniors in the county is 18 percent compared to the state average of 14 percent. He congratulated the staff for going above and beyond the call of duty in all facets of caregiving.

Ron Hopkins, representative for Area Nine, said he was proud of the dedication to the area senior centers and the continual passing of levies to support them.

“It’s amazing how Belmont County takes care of its senior citizens,” he said.

Gwen Morganstern, Area Nine board of trustees, echoed this and noted the available agency programs, particularly those involved in health care.

Hacker said the theme was “Safety Today, Healthy Tomorrow, noting that falls were among the leading causes of fatalities and that fatalities resulting from injuries for older Americans came from falls.

“We urge every resident to take time this month to recognize older adults and the people who serve and support them,” said Commissioner Ginny Favede.

Commissioner Mark Thomas noted the county has devoted agencies that care for both the youth and the elderly.

“Our senior directors are our front lines,” said Commissioner Matt Coffland. “Thank you for your service and your hard work.

“Belmont cares about the seniors, and that’s why the levies pass all the time,” he said.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com