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50+ Advisory Board and Mary's Woods partner to host event celebrating seniors and connecting them to services that can make their lives easier

REVIEW PHOTO: SAM STITES - Ross Fearey, Ester Halvorson-Hill, Mayor Kent Studebaker, Willie Poinsette and Janice Shokrian pose for a photo after the City Council approved a proclomation celebrating seniors and endorsing The Event.

The City of Lake Oswego is ramping up to celebrate its senior population at the "The Event," an event hosted by the city's 50+ Advisory Board that will connect seniors to services within the community that can make life easier and provide a bit of peace of mind for those who are aging in place.

The Event will take place Tuesday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Dunn Community Center at Mary's Woods, 17520 Mesnard Drive.

The celebration will kickoff with presentations by Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker and Mary's Woods President and CEO Diane Hood. Their talks will feature information and advice on "Life after 50, Fun and Friends."

Break out sessions and booths will provide opportunities for attendees to gain valuable information on topics such as avoiding scams and fraud, dealing with loneliness and depression, programs available at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center and much more.

Lake Oswego Police Department's Adult Resource Officer Dawn Pecoraro will make a presentation on her new role within the department and how she can provide assistance to Lake Oswego's elder population, as

well as Ann Adrian, Manager of the LOACC, who will provide information on all the events

and programs the ACC has to offer.

Booths and tables will feature information from groups like the LO Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Eye Specialists, Oswego Wealth Management, Buckley Law, Organizers Northwest, Regal Dreamzzz, The Move Makers, West Linn-Lake Oswego Village, Meals on Wheels, Oswego Heritage House, LO Public Library's Booktique, LO Preservation Society, Mary's Woods and more.

The 50+ Advisory Board received a proclamation from Mayor Studebaker and the City Council April 16 designating "The Event" as a city-wide celebration of the senior population that enriches the entire community. According to the proclamation, 39 percent of Lake Oswego households have at least one person over the age of 60, and 41 percent of the city's entire population is age 50 and over. Studebaker presented the proclamation to 50+ Advisory Board co-chairs Ester Halvorsen-Hill and Willie Poinsette.

"Celebrating seniors is a shared value in this community," Studebaker said. "The Lake Oswego City Council proclaims May 14, 2019 as Celebrating Seniors Day, and call upon the people of the City of Lake Oswego to join their fellow citizens in recognizing and participating in this special observance."

This special recognition of The Event and proclamation means a lot to the 50+ Advisory Board, according to board member and longtime resident Dr. Lee Wicklund, who believes that it speaks to the kindness and level of caring that Studebaker has for his citizens.

"The mayor cares about everyone who lives in Lake Oswego, from birth to age 90 and beyond," Wicklund told The Review. "It's who he is as a person."

The Event is free and open to the public. The 50+ Advisory Board encourages anyone who is interested, from seniors to adults with aging parents, to attend. There will be something for everyone to learn.

Mary's Woods will also be providing tours of its campus throughout the event.

For those driving, follow the signage to the Marylhurst parking lots. There will be plenty of parking available, as well as a free shuttle service to ferry people to the Dunn Community Center provided by Mary's Woods.

For more information contact LOACC Manager Ann Adrian at 503-635-3758 or Olivia Cecka with Mary's Woods at 503-675-2443.

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