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Good morning. I so look forward to our visits. This is such a great age that we are in, don’t you agree?

If you are not having a great time, you need to stop and figure out what the problem is. I’ve never been happier because that’s what I insist on in my life. It’s all about attitude. It’s not always easy, but if you are stubborn like I am, you will insist on the good life for yourself.

To emphasize how great these older years can be, I’m looking at an announcement for May’s Older American’s Month, and this year’s theme is, “Age Out Loud.”

Isn’t that great? It goes on to state: “The 2017 theme gives us an opportunity to shine a light on many important issues and trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. They expect to continue to live their lives to the fullest, and they’re insisting on changes that make that possible. What it means to age has changed, and this is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.”

These words really spoke to me, and I believe they will to you as well. I found it most uplifting. Whatever our age or our physical limitations, we must find a way to find the joy in our lives, and I have found mine through our weekly visits, enjoying other friends and finding some way of giving back to our community.

If possible, leave your homes occasionally and be with other people, whether it’s through your church or synagogue, or getting over to the Senior Activity Center, 255-1800, where you will find any number of classes or activities to choose from, have a nice lunch (call a day ahead to reserve your spot), and have the opportunity to make new friends.

Or, take some classes through Napa Valley Adult Education, 253-3594. Check the Napa Valley Register’s Calendar, or Upcoming Events for ideas of things to do. The important thing, in my view, is to get busy doing fun things, bring some light and happiness into your life. These years can be the best years, if we want them to be. I want them to be. Don’t you?

So, for this week, let’s open those doors to a new and bright adventure, and make those words, “Age Out Loud,” the theme for May’s Older Americans Month really mean something to each and every one of us. Remember, our life is pretty much what we decide to make it, so let’s have fun.

See you next week, and let me know how things are going for you. I’d really like to know.

Let’s make a point this next week of making people we meet happy in some way, or at the very least, have a smile on our faces. It’s a time to be especially kind and compassionate to one another. I’ve enjoyed our visit and look forward to being with you again next week.

Contact Betty at bettyrrhodes@sbcglobal.net.

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