Seniors encouraged to join essay contest on fitness...


April 25, 2001

Seniors encouraged to join essay contest on fitness, exercise

The Maryland Department of Aging is sponsoring an essay contest whose topic, "How Joining the Active People Improved My Quality of Life," is aimed at motivating the elderly to make at least one fitness or exercise activity a part of their regular lifestyle.

Essays should be written on a topic of how beginning or returning to regular physical activity has improved the writer's quality of life. The content should be related to individual or group fitness/exercise activities between Jan. 1 and July 1 - the entry deadline - with a length of 250 to 400 words.

Essays will be judged by a panel of fitness and aging network professionals, with prize packages for the first-place winner and two runners-up. Winning essays will be published on the Department of Aging's Web site, and their writers honored on Senior Appreciation Day at the 2001 Maryland State Fair.

Those entering must be age 60 or older. Submissions should be sent by mail or e-mail, and include the author's name, mailing address and daytime telephone number. The mailing address is Essay Competition - Office of Public Affairs, Maryland Department of Aging, 301 W. Preston St., Suite 1007, Baltimore 21201. E-mail submissions may be sent to

Information: 410-767-1114.

`Silver Swans' to begin seminars for gifted seniors

"Silver Swans," a new program for "gifted and creative seniors following a calling in the third stage of life," will be introduced at two introductory workshops next month in Pasadena.

The program will feature a six-week series of seminars - one for retirees meeting Friday mornings at the Pasadena Senior Center, the other, at a time and place yet to be determined for seniors who are employed - to provide "inspiration, focus, and support."

The introductory workshops are scheduled for 10 a.m. May 10 at the senior center in Lake Shore Plaza and 2 p.m. May 12 at the Mountain Road branch library. Reservations required: 410- 222-0030. Information: Linda Grant De Pauw, 410-437-5379.

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