As part of Older Americans Month, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging sponsored a walk for older and younger alike on Thursday, May 22nd. Students from La Porte City Elementary School joined area residents at the Union High School track for the annual stroll, which also featured additional healthy activities strategically placed around the quarter mile oval. Especially popular with the young people were the hula hoops, bean bag toss and bubble making stations.
Windy Anderson, the Walk’s Grand Marshall, led the group in stretching exercises before taking to the track and the cool, overcast weather conditions made for pleasant walking conditions.
While Older Americans Month traces its history back to 1963, it was President Jimmy Carter who changed the designation from “Senior Citizens Month” to its current name in 1980. Each day in the United States, 10,000 people celebrate their 65th birthday. It is estimated that by the year 2030, Iowa will have nearly 825,000 people over the age of 60, nearly 30% of the entire state’s population.