Seniors will be able to plant and grow wildflowers at the township’s Senior Center off Neptune Boulevard.
By WILLIAM CLARK
The Neptune Township Senior Center is planning several programs to celebrate Older Americans Month in May.
This year’s theme is Aging Unbound according to Senior Center Director Randy Bishop.
Bishop said a main tenet of the work they do at the Senior Center is that age is just a number.
“Involvement in the community, involvement in yourself are all things that keep it just a number,” he said.
The issue that comes with aging is the downsizing of homes for seniors. Those that had lived in houses with ample yard space to do gardening may have had to find smaller accommodations. Bishop said that so many seniors love gardening but may not find themselves with land resources to do so.
Bishop said that with the help of Fulfill foodbank in Neptune, they are putting together programs where seniors can grow herbs or use containers to create small gardens. The Senior Center is even utilizing its grounds for tilling and planting of wildflowers.
In addition, the center is hosting a storytelling program on Thurs., May 11.
“Seniors have interesting stories,” Bishop said.
With the help of Marcy McGinnis, a former news executive for CBS, seniors can participate in a quarterly breakfast called “What’s the Scoop?”
Hopefully with McGinnis’s guidance, seniors will be able to see the beauty and intrigue in the stories they have to tell.
Seniors can also participate in a read aloud to local children at the township library called “Once Upon a Time” on Fri., May 12.
Bishop said that today’s seniors are active.