More than 100 people were treated to lunch and entertainment as part of Older Americans Month at Salem Home Saturday.
Tina Novak, director of activities and life enhancement, said it was the first time the Hillsboro facility did a special event to recognize the contributions and achievements made by older Americans.
“We plan on making this an annual event,” she said, “and continuing to build on what was started this year.”
Kris Erickson, chief executive officer, said he enjoyed serving others, even if he was grilling hot dogs in the rain.
The celebration was going to be outside, he said, but the cold, damp weather prompted the staff to rethink their original idea.
“We look at doing these kinds of projects,” he said, “as a way to have families invited in (to the facility).”
Mary and Dennis Steiner of Lincolnville, said they wanted to spend more time with parents and this offered them another opportunity to do so.
“My mother, Elnora Ehlers, and Dennis’ father, Edmund Steiner, are both here,” Mary said.
“It would have been nice to have had it outdoors, but we are all looking forward to hearing the country classic singers,” she said.
Older Americans Month
This year’s theme, “Unleash the Power of Age,” emphasizes the important role of older adults.
Now in its 50th year of observance, Older Americans Month is a way to show special appreciation to the elderly, according to a spokesperson with the Area Agency on Aging.
Throughout the month of May, Erickson also said that Salem Home will continue to keep its OAM banner visible to remind everyone about the contributions seniors make to the community.