MASON CITY, Iowa - May is "Older Americans Month" nationally, and Mason City Mayor Bill Schickel added his own proclamation before the Noontime meal at the Senior Activity Center on Friday.
The month strives to honor and recognize the accomplishments older citizens have made for the country.
Mason City resident Mabel Zeran sits on the board for the Senior Activity Center, and says that the designation is worth it because of a lack of interaction between other senior citizens and also with younger people.
"I think that's a teriffic idea. I think senior citizens are a population that is ignored a great deal," Zeran says.
In addition, Zeran believes that the Senior Activity Center should be utilized more.
"The Senior Center, I think, is one of the not neglected, but not very well known to a lot of people in Mason City. I think we're ignored by a lot of people. But the ones that come here enjoy it," Zeran adds.
The month was first designated in 1963 after President John F. Kennedy met with members of the National Council of Senior Citizens.
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