GLENPOOL, Oklahoma – Muscogee (Creek) Nation Elders danced the night away with their guest of choice at the Elder Sweetheart Dance hosted by MCN Elder Services at the Glenpool Conference Center on Feb. 9.
According to Director Angella Fish, this event is one of the most popular events the department hosts.
“It’s a favorite among the elders,” Fish said. “They like to dance and socialize with old acquaintances.”
“I am pleased to see them here today,” Fish said. “Oftentimes our elders are so isolated and it takes a toll on their health, it starts to deteriorate.”
Dressed to impress, the elders showed out with over 360 registrants for the comeback event. Community center buses pulled up to the front door with elders pouring in to get seated. Black tablecloths covered round tables with balloons in pink and red representing Valentine’sDay.
Elder Services employees served the elders their meals with the help of Mvskoke Youth Services, and National Council Representatives Randall Hicks, Charles Son McHenry, and Sandra Golden. Representative Joyce Deere was also in attendance and spoke at the event.
Many were slow to get on the dance floor from the chit chatand catching up with one another. Classic music filled the room and some lip synced the words.
Fish was glad to give them the opportunity to reminisce and a place to let loose for the evening.
The exercise is important for the elders, Fish said.
“Even when it comes to dancing they get out there, even some of them might have their walkers or their cane.” She continued.
Elder Services does their best to hold events throughout the year to allow elders an opportunity for exercise and socializing.
With four annual events throughout the year the department stays busy, keeping in touch with all elders over 55 throughout the reservation. They also educate others on elder issues and needs.
“We strive to educate ate our citizens the value of our elders,” Fish said. “ It’s our custom to value elders and treat them with respect.”
“The Muscogee Nation values our elders.” She continued.
For more information call Elder Services at 918-732-7765.