Richland -- As America ages, so does everything else, even programs designed specifically for those who are part of the segment of the population over fifty.
Healthy Ages is one of those programs. It was the brainchild of Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, and debuted twenty years ago. Today, it has over ten thousand members in the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities.
The focus of Healthy Ages is to make health education widely available to those over fifty in the area. Classes and seminars are offered, and members say that the rooms are often packed full of interested people.
Wednesday morning, members of Healthy Ages gathered at Columbia Point to celebrate the twentieth year of activities with continental breakfast and jazz.
Over ten thousand people in the Tri- Cities area are part of Healthy Ages. Organizers said Wednesday that education is not the only valuable tool to remain young and young at heart. Socializing is vital.
Bud Backer, a member, agreed. But he says he doesn't have a problem with age. "I don't feel old at all," he said. "I never worry about my age. You're as good as you feel. If you let age get you down...it's gonna."