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Maywood wants seniors to get up and get out for summer fun

Maywood Mayor Nathaniel G. Booker engages with senior citizens at summer BBQ on June 7 | Francia Garcia Hernandez

Summer programs provided by village and supporting seniors

June 14, 2023 | By Francia Garcia Hernandez

About 50 older adults from the Maywood community enjoyed the outdoors at a BBQ organized by the Maywood Park District at the park located at 921 S. 9th Ave.

On June 7, senior citizens enjoyed grilled chicken and a variety of salads and pasta salads while listening to music and engaging with other seniors.

“Today is our summer kick-off for our senior citizens” said Mayor Nathaniel Booker. “It’s really just giving them a summer concert, giving them summer activities.”

The event is part of a series taking place on Wednesdays dedicated to seniors in the community, “one of the most important assets,” Booker said, after he engaged with residents and personally distributed the village’s newsletter.

Last year, the village of Maywood participated in a study titled “Aging in a Changing Region” supported by the RRF Foundation for Aging, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Planning/Aging consultancy. The study found that key stakeholders and older adults in Maywood “lacked knowledge of the existing older adult services and programming available to Maywood residents.”

“The one thing that seniors asked for was more activities focused on them,” Booker said.

Approximately 14.4% of the population in Maywood is age 65 and older, per the 2022 U.S Census Bureau. The number of seniors in the community has progressively increased in recent decades, to 14.4% from 9.6% in 2000. It is expected this trend will continue in the future. The “Aging in a Changing Region” study also found that most older adults live in single-family homes, with only a few living in identifiable residences for older adults where services and programming are often available on-site.

Throughout the summer, the village will host more outdoor events for seniors, as well as day trips to the city of Chicago, where seniors will be able to enjoy activities like architectural tours and trips to local museums, and other entertainment venues.

“Seniors wanna get out of the house, seniors wanna have a good time too,” Booker said. “It’s our job to make sure that we set them up for success like we try to do ourselves.”

Additionally, the Maywood Park District in partnership with AgeOptions hosts a senior lunch program five days a week where seniors have access to activities, special events and guest speakers. The program runs Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 921 S. 9th Ave. The park district also organizes a senior bowling league on Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Hillside Bowl, 4545 Harrison St. Pre-registration is encouraged.

For more information about programs for older adults and registration, visit the Park District administrative building at 921 S. 9th Ave or call 708-344-4740.

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