SeniorPalooza in JP this month

May 1, 2009
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Ethos and Central Boston Elder Services have partnered with local businesses, organizations and elected of-ficials to host SeniorPalooza, a month-long celebration with fun and educational events for seniors and their families.

This year, SeniorPalooza activities will take place in Jamaica Plain throughout May in celebration of Older Americans Month.

“SeniorPalooza celebrates older Americans and acknowledges their value as members of our community,” said Ethos Executive Director Dale Mitchell. “It also demonstrates how well the community can work together to keep elders at home, in their own neighborhoods, which is their wish.”

Ethos, located at 555 Amory St. in JP, and community partners have planned over 90 activities this month for Jamaica Plain’s SeniorPalooza, including in chronological order: May Day Celebration with City Councilor Chuck Turner; Coffee Hour with Mayor Menino; Seniors in Action: Salsa and Meringue Aerobics; Cafe Multicultural 5th Anniversary Luncheon; Jewelry Making Workshop; Protecting Yourself and Your Assets; Care. Compassion. EQUALITY: 5th Anniversary of Serving LGBT Elders Celebration; Do GOOD, Feel BETTER! Volunteer Expo; Healthy Aging Break-fast with state Rep. Willie Mae Allen; Tai Chi Exercise for Arthritis Sufferers; Managing Money in Difficult Times!; Stump the JP Gazette Editor Sandee Storey with Councilor John R. Connolly; Senior Idol Talent Show with Councilor John Tobin; Laughing Yoga; Discover What’s Next: ReVITALizing Retirement; Heart Healthy Screening & Stroke Education; 50s and 60s Sock Hop/Senior Prom; Ice Cream, Hot Dogs and a Ball Game with Councilor Mike Ross and state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and Zoofari Lunch with state Rep. Liz Malia.

See the SeniorPalooza 2009 calendar, included in this issue of the Gazette, for full details about times and places and other events. The calendar is also being distributed at community meetings in Mission Hill, Roxbury, Back Bay, West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park and Mattapan. Local businesses and community organizations will also have copies.

All ages and backgrounds are invited to participate in any of the SeniorPalooza activities to celebrate Older Americans Month. Events are open to the public, and most of the events are free. Many require a reservation as space as limited.

Also, see www.ethocare.org or www.centralboston.org. For more information about SeniorPalooza; or find out about ways to enrich the lives of older adults, contact Linda Monteiro at 522-6700 or seniorpa-looza@ethocare.org.

Past SeniorPaloozas were held in West Roxbury in 2005, Roslindale in 2006, Hyde Park in 2007 and Mattapan in 2008.

Submitted by Ethos.