Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, has announced that the agency's 19th Annual Senior Forum and Public Hearing will be held Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Ellicottville Elementary School beginning at 9 a.m. The forum is open to all persons age 60 and older who are residents of Cattaraugus County.
The day's events include the Annual Public Hearing, which will be held from 9-10 a.m., a series of workshops during two time periods, lunch prepared by the department's Senior Nutrition Program, and afternoon entertainment.
Following the public hearing, participants will be provided with the opportunity to choose from the following workshops: "Basic Sign Language," presented by Sandra Swaciak, teacher for deaf and hard of hearing; "Steps to Better Balance," presented by the Cattaraugus County Falls Prevention Coalition; "Early Symptoms of Heart Attack," presented by the Olean General Hospital Chest Pain Center; "History of the Allegany Area," presented by Francie Potter, president of the Allegany Area Historical Association; "Stress FUNdamentals: Benefits of Humor and Laughter," presented by Jennifer Johnson, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York; and "Pressed Flower Stationery," presented by Yvonne Lord, author of "Faith-Filled Family Crafts."
Time will be allotted before lunch for participants to take advantage of various health screenings and to visit informational displays. Department of Aging staff will also be on hand to take ID photos and answer questions.
Reservations for lunch must be made by Aug. 14, at any Senior Wellness and Nutrition program dining site or by calling the Department of the Aging office in Olean at 373-8032 or 1-800-462-2901. This year's luncheon menu includes barbecue chicken, a roll with butter, macaroni salad, three-bean medley, and strawberry shortcake. The suggested donation for the lunch is $4. No one will be denied a meal because of inability or unwillingness to pay. There is no pre-registration required and there is no charge for the workshops.
The ladies' ensemble "New Tones" will be featured as the afternoon entertainment. There will also be door prizes drawn at the end of the day for which you must be present to win.
For more information about the public hearing and senior forum, or any of the services offered by the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, call 373-8032 or 1-800-462-2901.