The Senior Connect is a monthly newsletter that keeps residents current on activities, events and news relevant to older adults. Be sure to read each issue.
SENIOR DISCOVERY TV (SDTV)
Senior Discovery TV (SDTVreno) was created and sponsored in Spring 2014 by the City of Reno's Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, which itself is under the auspices of the Reno City Council. Because of Reno's increasing senior demographics of those aged 50+, SDTVreno's shared vision is to promote and to empower the City's creative senior citizens to become involved as city-volunteer TV Production Team members of the group for the purpose of producing creative video movie content with the credo "TV by seniors, for seniors, about seniors."
SDTVreno programming content is for distribution and broadcast on the City's public television channels via its current/future cable provider (Charter CH 192/194), as well as for the City's Youtube-based Senior Discovery Channel and any other social media platforms that may become applicable in the future. To view content on-demand, just go to the SENIOR DISCOVERY CHANNEL. Or you can view programs on CH 192/194 at NOON daily, plus at other periodic unscheduled times on various days.
When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, 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. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”
Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.
May is a month of fresh beginnings. Perennials bloom once again, blazing a trail of bright color. May is also when we celebrate Older American’s Month (OAM), acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation. The 2016 OAM theme is Blaze a Trail. The Administration for Community Living will use this opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. We will also highlight the ways that older Americans are advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities.
The Reno-Tahoe Senior Games are a program dedicated to promoting and implementing fitness and activities for people 50 years and older. The events take place in August (Summer Games) and in February (Winter Games).
The Senior Games offer participants numerous and diverse games to compete in. Participants compete within age groups to win gold, silver and bronze medals.
Summer Games includes Archery, Badminton, Basketball Skills, Beanbag Baseball, Beanbag Toss, Billiards, Blackjack, Bowling, Croquet, Fly Casting, Golf Tournament, Go Kart Racing, Horseshoes, Miniature Golf, Pickleball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Track & Field and Walk Racing.
Winter Games includes Archery, Beanbag Baseball, Beanbag Toss, Bowling, Card Games (Cribbage and Poker), Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing, Pickleball, Shuffleboard, Ski & Snowboard Racing and Table Tennis.
Competitions are grouped into men, women and coed or mixed doubles categories.