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May events aim to help seniors as part of Older Americans Month

In honor of Older Americans Month, Johnson County Livable Community will host special events in May that highlight this year’s theme, “Connect, Create, Contribute.” The theme emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, and that people are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

All events are free to the public. Some events include lunches. To ensure there are enough lunches for everyone, RSVP at signupgenius.com/go/8050d4ea5aa2fa2fa7-older.

Thursday: Open house, 4 to 7 p.m., Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City. Learn what the center has to offer the community. Get a glimpse of the diverse classes, activities and services available. No RSVP needed to attend.

May 8: Communication Must-Haves, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Iowa City Area Association of Realtors, 847 Quarry Rd., Coralville, presented by Aging In Place Forums and the JCLC Housing Committee. This discussion addresses how to have open communication with family, caregivers and providers to have a successful plan of remaining at home. This is the first of the 2019 Aging in Place forums. RSVP by Thursday.

May 23: Embracing the Caregiver Role, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Johnson County Health and Human Services Building, Room 203, 855 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, presented by Sara Sanders, director of the University of Iowa School of Social Work. This presentation approaches ways to create a successful plan and move forward in becoming an effective caregiver. RSVP by May 19.

May 29: AARP Fraud Protection, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Coralville Public Library, Room AB, 1401 Fifth St., presented by Sally Leme of the AARP Fraud Watch Network and detective Rob Swank of the Coralville Police Department. AARP Fraud Watch Network was established to arm people with tools to spot and avoid fraud and scams. RSVP by May 23.

For more information, contact Jeff Kellbach, aging specialist with Johnson County Social Services, at (319) 356-6090 or jkellbach@co.johnson.ia.us, or visit livablecommunity.org.

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