Chatham County Celebrates Seniors in February with “We Love Seniors Month”
PITTSBORO, NC – “Chatham County’s seniors have helped define and develop our sense of community and they remain key leaders and positive mentors,” stated Chatham County Board of Commissioners Chair Karen Howard in proclaiming February 2020 “We Love Seniors Month.” The Commissioners passed a supportive resolution at their January 21st meeting.
Continuing a local tradition, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, along with the Chatham County Council on Aging, are leading the call to use the spirit of Valentine’s Day in February to recognize and value the talents, resourcefulness, imagination and dedication of our growing older population.
The Chatham Council on Aging is offering multiple opportunities for the broader community to share in celebrating seniors throughout the month of February.
Chatham County youth in Kindergarten through 12th grade will be able to participate in the first ever “Chatham Loves Seniors” Art & Essay Contest for a chance to have their winning entries appear in the pages of an upcoming edition of The Chatham Senior Times, the Council’s quarterly newsletter, with a combined print and online readership of over 3000.
Chatham’s social media enthusiasts can also follow along and participate in the Council’s online hashtag #ChathamLovesSeniors via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Council invites members of the Chatham community to spread the love and help spotlight the contributions of local seniors by sharing their own #ChathamLovesSeniors posts on their favorite social media platforms throughout the month.
In addition to their many ongoing activities and services, the Chatham County Council on Aging will host a number of events that highlight, celebrate, and support local seniors in February. These include a Black History Month Celebration on February 4th, at which Commissioner Howard will serve as Master of Ceremonies. State Senator Valerie Foushee and Representative Robert Reives, II will also speak at the morning event being held at the Council’s Western Center in Siler City.
On February 18th, the Council will hold its 24th Annual Healthy Heart and Body Expo. Many community organizations will participate at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center.
In addition, registration for the Chatham County Senior Games and SilverArts, will begin on
February 17th. The Council on Aging, local games coordinator, was recently recognized for achieving the largest percentage growth in North Carolina among medium-sized Local Games Programs in 2019.
To follow the Chatham Council on Aging #ChathamLovesSeniors campaign on social media, visit the Council on Facebook: @ChathamCOA Twitter: @ChathamCOA and Instagram: @chathamcoa1
For more information on any of these activities, please visit the Council on Aging’s website at www.chathamcoa.org or call its Eastern Center at 919-542-4512 or its Western Center at 919-742-3975.