The South Carolina Lt. Governor's Office on Aging is marking May as "Older Americans Month" by hosting Senior Citizen Day at the State House this Thursday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The event will feature health screenings, blood pressure checks, music, games, and the ability to talk with state legislators. Lunch will also be served.
The national theme of this year's Older Americans Month, "Age Out Loud", is "designed to amplify the many voices of older Americans and raise awareness of vital aging issues across the country," wrote Mt. Pleasant Town Councilman Mark M. Smith, the chair of the Lt. Governor's Advisory Council on Aging, in a Facebook post.
Smith, appointed to serve as the council's chair last year by then-Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, told Palmetto Business Daily in a December 2016 interview that, "It is time for us to educate and advocate for the elderly to our elected officials so they know these issues are not going away - and the numbers are only going to grow.”
In that interview, Smith said the three priority areas during his term are: transportation, housing, and community resources, particularly as they relate to those on low income.
“We want to work to make sure there is a better awareness of the many community resources services that are available, both public and private,” he said.
Thursday's event at the State House is designed to help raise that awareness.
Those interested in attending can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-734-9880.