Monday, May 8, 2017

May is Older Americans Month


Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). 
ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say. This theme shines a light on many important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. What it means to age has changed, and OAM 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.
Let’s amplify the many voices of older Americans and raise awareness of vital aging issues across the country. Join us as we speak up and out loud for OAM!

"50 years behind the fitting room door"  Then and Now Project

Mrs. Marolyn Stout contacted the Casady Service-Learning Program to request help with a book she wanted to publish about her 50 years in retail in OKC.   Mrs. Stout is creating "50 Years Behind the Fitting Room Door" chapters and providing the handwritten manuscripts to teen typists who will transfer chapters to an online self-publishing program, PRESSBOOKS courtesy of the Village Library, Youth Adult Program.  Teens involved in the project will learn how to use the program as they type the story in verse being created by Mrs. Stout.

The Casady Service-Learning Program connected with Miss Elizabeth Wright, Young Adult Librarian at the Village Library in OKC, Mrs. Finley, Casady's English Department Head, proofreader of the first book by Mrs. Stout and MD English teacher, Mr. Blayze Hembree as resources and volunteer recruiters for the creation of the online book.  

Mrs. Stout provided the first couple of chapters the first week in May.   A publication date expected for the book is Mrs. Stout's 90th birthday on October 24, 2018.

Below other service-learning experiences featuring Mrs Marolyn Stout, resident of Brookdale, Statesmen's Club, Independent Living.

Storycorps interview with Marolyn Stout:

Marolyn with an "o", Then & Now


Then & Now Project, Books connecting history to elders' life stories
This book represents a collaboration between Jordan Richards, Casady School Class of 2014, Marolyn Stout, "age 86, still learning new tricks, like the IPAD,"  Ananya Bhaktaram, Casady Class of 2017 who continued the 'Then and Now' project during the school year 2014-2015, and Carmen Clay'74, Director of Service-Learning at Casady School.  Jordan aspired to be a biographer of a depiction of an era he had come to love; the late 20's, and early 30's.  Ananya and Carmen helped Jordan's first draft become an E-book that brings history alive through the experiences of Marolyn with an "O".  Mrs. Whitney Finley proofread the book, which is now available at Shutterfly and at the pages link of this blog        

Jordan & Marolyn met at a Casady Chapel service, May, 2013