May is Older Americans Month. The theme this year is Engage at Every Age, maintaining that it’s never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. May is also Mental Health Awareness Month.
Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you — those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean.
For the second year in a row, Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services is partnering with master storyteller Paul Iarrobino on a special storytelling project.
Mr. Iarrobino has spent six weeks coaching older adult storytellers (pictured above) who will share their accounts of resilience, courage and risk-taking during two performances in May:
- Tuesday, May 15, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
- Wednesday, May 30, 1:30-3 p.m. at The Community at Marquis, 19805 SW Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin
Mr. Iarrobino regularly performs his craft at community events and incorporates stories when giving keynote addresses and presentations. He inspires new storytellers by teaching and mentoring small groups.
The performances are free and open to the public. Donations of nonperishable food items will be accepted for Meals on Wheels People. Especially needed are high protein and low sodium items. Cash donations also appreciated. Everyone who brings a donation will be entered into a raffle.
Refreshments will be offered. Call 503-846-3093 to RSVP. These events are made possible with funding from the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative.