May proclaimed older Americans month locally

NORWICH – Local government leaders recognized Chenango County’s 10,000 senior citizens on Monday - as well as two specific volunteers - by proclaiming May “Older Americans Month.”

The celebration of adults aged 60 and over was begun at the national level in 1963. It was celebrated in Albany last week where seniors who have volunteered to help individuals remain at home or in the community of their choice received appreciation certificates.

At an event entitled, “New York at Home: Independent Living for Older New Yorkers,” Robert H. Gardner of Norwich was recognized for his service. Gardner has volunteered for the Chenango County Area Agency on Aging since 1994. He drives about 15 miles each week day to deliver meals to about 15 to 20 homebound seniors, often helping to pack and organize the meals for many others.

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