I want to applaud your recent issue on topics related to the older members of our community (“Being Senior,” April 19). The “age wave” of older adults is increasing in the Baltimore area, and the members of that age group are, and will continue to be, in need of a variety of services, options and opportunities. While there are many older adults who benefit from the continuing-care retirement communities and home health care mentioned in this article, there are also thousands of older adults in our community who benefit from daily or weekly interaction at a senior or lifelong learning center that allows our citizens to age in place. Studies on aging show that the more active and involved someone is in the community, the greater the chance of their lives extending not only in number of years, but also in quality.
Physical fitness, nutrition, socialization, education and participation in art are all areas that facilities like the Edward A. Myerberg Center offer to keep our aging population physically and mentally younger. Our goal at the Myerberg Center is to enrich the lives of older adults and enhance their quality of life through enriching social and health services. Empowering members of this community to be independent and providing opportunities for socialization will allow older adults to stay healthy.
I invite everyone in our community over 55 to join us and find out how to stay young at heart and continue the journey of lifelong learning
Executive Director Edward A. Myerberg Center