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(Deptford, NJ) - Each year the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders join the national tradition of proclaiming May as Older American's Month to show appreciation and support for our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities.

The County Division of Senior Services has organized several events to honor county's residents aged 60 and older to celebrate Older Americans Month 2011 including the Golden Follies Entertainment Show on May 11, 2011 and the Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 17, 2011.

"Gloucester County is home to more than 46,300 residents aged 60 and above. We actively seek getting our older residents engaged in programs that promote healthy lifestyle choices and support systems so that they can maintain their independence and quality of life as they age," said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger.

Freeholder Deputy Director Warren S. Wallace said, "By providing fun events like the Golden Follies talent show, and a free health and fitness day we are getting our older residents to get out into the community with the goal that they learn something that will help them stay active and in good health." Deputy Director Warren Wallace is the liaison to the Division of Senior Services.

The Golden Follies Entertainment Show will take place on May 11, 2011, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Auletto Caterer in Deptford. A buffet lunch will be served at 12 noon (only) and the show will begin at 1 pm. Music for dancing will be provided by 'Joy Ride'. Tickets go on sale March 21, 2011 and are available at the Division of Senior Services, 115 Budd Boulevard, West Deptford and the County's 6 Six Nutrition Sites. A donation of $2.00 per ticket is requested for this event that is open to residents of Gloucester County age 60 and over.

Senior Health and Fitness Day will be held on May 17, 2011 from 9:00 am - 12 noon at Auletto Caterers in Deptford. This year's event will feature a free breakfast and health fair with blood pressure screenings, eye screenings, glaucoma screenings, hearing tests, and massage therapy. Information from Community and County Agencies will also be available.

Senior Health and Fitness day is free, however registration is required by calling the Division of Senior Services at (856) 686-8330.

Both events are funded through a federal grant.