In cultures throughout the world, elders are respected and revered. Sharing their talents, knowledge and expertise are critical to upcoming generations and society as a whole.
Not only is the knowledge worth passing on, but years of experience have led to many notable accomplishments made a bit later in life.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book at the age of 64.
- Julia Child’s airing of “The French Chef” began when she was 51.
- Anna Mary Robertson Moses, renowned American artist, began to paint at age 76 when she could no longer embroider.
- Susan Boyle was discovered and gained notoriety at age 48 by performing a rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” on “Britain’s Got talent.”
Throughout Pennsylvania, various organizations specialize in senior services, such as the Area Agency on Aging. You can find resources at aging.pa.gov, including information on over 500 community senior centers, as well as at NeighborlyPA.org.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan founded the National Day of the Third Age, observed now on Aug. 21 as National Senior Citizens Day. British historian Peter Laslett summarized the Third Age as an era after retirement with health, vigor and positive attitude.
Supporting and celebrating seniors — in August and beyond — is the focus of the Community Program Specialist (CPS) team at Geisinger Health plan. Not only do team members Cassie Fiume, Libby Hartsock and Kim McCarty host Silver Circle activities, but they also reach out to local places like senior centers, senior living communities and various community events. They connect people to resources like Geisinger Gold and 65 Forward, while providing education and valuable social engagement with our senior community.
The sayings “Age is just a number”’ and “You’re never too old to be what you might have been” still hold true. Hats off to seniors everywhere.
Want to know more about our CPS team and the places we serve? Call Linda Rowe, program manager, at 570-808-4923.