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September is a very busy month for senior centers in our counties, throughout Maryland, and the United States. Among the celebrations this month are National Senior Center Month; National Day of Service and Remembrance on 9/11; Fall Prevention Day and Week; Active Aging Week; and Emergency Preparedness Month.

September marks National Senior Center Month. This year's theme, set by the National Council on Aging, is "Celebrate Life at Your Senior Center!" It is an opportunity to showcase senior centers and to promote a positive image of aging.

One way the Bain Center is celebrating is with an Evening of Live Music, Friday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. For $13, enjoy an evening of pop, R&B and contemporary music with the Jackie Hairston Combo Band. Bring a date, taste the hors d'oeuvres and other refreshments, served between 6 and 7 p.m.

Connect with friends and celebrate Senior Center Month at North Laurel's 50+ Center's annual Bluegrass and Barbecue event Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets, available at the center, are $10 per person or call 410-313-0380.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance on 9/11, volunteers from the Bain Center will collect new toiletries for HopeWorks, of Howard County, a local domestic violence center. New toiletries can be dropped off at the collection display in the lobby throughout the month of September.

For Fall Prevention Week, Sept. 23-29, and Fall Prevention Awareness Day, Sept. 23, the first day of fall, raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults — "Take a stand to prevent falls." Bain Center presents Medication Reviews, Monday, Sept. 28, from 9 to10 a.m. A pharmacist reviews your current medications and provides tips on the dangers of mixing certain medications.

Ellicott City 50+ Center hosts Fall Prevention Program with Healthy Trends, Friday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m. Find out from Susan Mott how Health and Assistive Technology enhances independence while increasing safety, using personally selected devices, and how technology can make a difference in fall prevention for seniors.Glenwood 50+ Center will have an assistive technology hands-on discussion with Mott on Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

North Laurel 50+ has a Fire and Fall Prevention presentation, "Remembering When" Lunch n' Learn, Sept. 30 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. This is an interactive discussion for older adults on safety, identifying hazardous situations at home, and how to plan for emergency situations. Tip sheets, checklists and handouts will be provided. There will be a hands-on smoke alarm demonstration and a chance to chat with a police officer about safety for older adults. Bring you own lunch or reserve a lunch at the center by Sept. 23.

During Active Aging Week, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Bain Center will offer free exercise classes to new participants. See how seniors stay in shape. Sample classes: Zumba, Qigong, Monday only Mat Yoga, Chair Yoga, Beginner Soul Line Dancing and Balance 4 All. Sign up early in lobby because space is limited.

Glenwood 50+ presents Fun Fitness Over 50 with personal trainer Steve Ruckert in an interactive talk. Volunteers from the Howard County Office on Aging will talk about the benefits of cycling over age 50 at Glenwood.

Sept. 30 brings a Focus on Health event, with tables at 10 a.m. in the Glenwood lobby featuring: SHIP; Seniors Together; Cycle to Health; Police Department; volunteers; evidenced-based programs; caregiver educator; and fall prevention.

Take the opportunity at East Columbia 50+ to check your balance and test your fitness age, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For Emergency Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross presents Shelter in Place, Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Bain Center. This information will help you be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Not all the press releases and senior center newsletters were available at this writing; so make sure you check out the activities for all the senior celebrations for the month of September at your local senior center.

Not only in September but all year long, celebrate life; be an active ager; do some service to remember 9/11; take precautions to prevent falls; and be prepared for life's emergencies.

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