The Senior Companion Program of CASC, hosts the 8th Annual
May Senior Music Festival in honor of Older Americans Month
(Part of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Festival!)
Friday May 12th, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., the Senior Companion Program, sponsored by Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services, Inc., will host the 8th Annual May Senior Music Festival honoring “Older Americans Month”, at the Felix C. Davis Community Center at Park Circle, in North Charleston.
Established in 1963, Older Americans Month began when only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. In April 1963, President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens designated May as “Senior Citizens Month”.
Each May, the Senior Companion Program, under the umbrella of Senior Corps, part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation.
The Senior Companion Program serves Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties. Last year they provided over 48,000 volunteer community hours to frail seniors in need and respite assistance for caregivers.
The theme for Older American’s Month 2017 is, Age Out Loud. This is intended to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adult has to say about aging. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others.
“The Senior Companion Program is proud to support the care and welfare of our frail and elderly. We are also very proud to again be a part of the North Charleston Arts Festival, which allows us the opportunity to help raise awareness”, said Berita Martin, Program Director. Last year’s music festival at Park Circle had over 200 people from the community in attendance. The inclusion of a mini senior information exhibit, gives patrons the opportunity to learn about senior services available in the Lowcountry. Patrons also learn more about the Senior Companion Program and the on-going need to better serve our growing older population. Berita concludes by saying, “This is a great evening out. This year we are celebrating Charleston’s various cultures through music and food. We invite everyone to join us for hors d’ oeuvres, dancing, door prizes, and fun!”
Tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door. For additional information and tickets, call 722-4127 or go on line to www.charlestonareaseniors.org