I hadn’t thought much about it before that day, but meeting Jimmy Carter has now been added to my own list of life highlights.
From the perspective of my work at the Senior Center, he embodies the best of elder adulthood. At age 88 he keeps physically fit through daily exercise and stays actively involved in national and global issues. Whether providing homes for the homeless through Habitat for Humanity, negotiating peace in war-torn countries or supporting his rural community’s culture and economy, he makes the welfare of others his personal priority.
“Active.” “Engaged.” “Involved.” These words typify a life of purpose and meaning at any age, but are especially significant for seniors.
Older adults bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to any situation. When our seniors step forward as volunteers and mentors in our community, everyone benefits. You don’t have to negotiate peace treaties in foreign countries to help make your own hometown a stronger and better place.
Speaking of volunteers, we welcome help from anyone who’d like to be involved in our upcoming annual Garage Sale. The Senior Center can supply donation receipts for any contributions, and we need people to help sort through and price donated items. We would also be grateful for donations of food and snacks for our workers during the week of March 4-5. Call (940) 325-6470 for more information.
Tax help is coming. On Feb. 7 we will begin offering our annual Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance. Help will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8:30 a.m. to noon every Thursday in February, March and through April 11. You don’t have to be a senior to take advantage of this opportunity.
If you haven’t yet visited Mineral Wells Senior Center, how about adding us to your bucket list experiences. This is a great place to stay active and involved. Stop by today for a daily menu and activities calendar.