gets roasted by Jim Jacobs of Mount Airy at the Mount Airy Senior Center on Tuesday
...Flora recently retired from the Bureau of Aging after almost 25 years of service.
> >Jan Flora
of Westminster didn,t know what to expect when she
stopped by the Mount Airy Senior Center on Tuesday
afternoon for lunch.While enjoying a turkey and sweet potato lunch, Flora
was also treated to her very own ,,roast, led by Jim Jacobs of Mount Airy.
Similar to comedy roasts of celebrities, Jacobs had the lunchroom at the senior center roaring with laughter as seniors remembered favorite adventures with Flora
Seniors in the room started to laugh as they remembered Flora
driving the van to the city for the legislative rally , and back, as it started to snow.
...Flora retired in December from the Bureau of Aging, of which she was chief, and had worked with the department for 24 and a half years.The Mount Airy Senior Center
hosted a luncheon for Flora
to say thanks for her
years of dedication and service.
...The South Carroll Senior Center, 5745 Bartholow Road, Sykesville, will host a gathering at 12 p.m., March 21, to honor Jan Flora, who retired in December from the Carroll County Bureau of Aging after more than 24 years of service.
...Flora,s loved every minute of her 20 plus years working at the Bureau of Aging.She started working as a grants coordinator and moved up to assistant director.
Almost 15 years ago, she
took on the role of chief of the bureau and during her
years of service, she
,s helped implement a number of senior programs, including last year,s Senior Expo.
Health organizations and other resources for seniors were involved in the day-long event last September.More than 650 seniors attended the event, Flora
,,That was something I had as a goal for a number of years.Being able to get it off the ground was a great feeling,, Flora
said, adding that she
thinks the expo will become an annual event. ,,We had a really good turnout.Folks were thrilled by it.,She
also helped bring senior health insurance programs, counseling and Medicare waiver information to local seniors.Flora
said the best thing about her
job was helping people and working with what she
called the ,,wonderful, staff at the Bureau of Aging.
,,The paperwork you can have,, Flora
kept up with trends of today,s seniors, she
said. ,,The older population changed to become outspoken about their needs and wants., Likewise, the 65-plus crowd grew diverse, and senior centers had to keep up by offering programs to fit their lifestyles. ,,We really had to keep pace with changing demographics.,
said, is a ,,mixed bag., She
said there,s lots of things she
,ll miss, such as spending time with seniors, or sharing news about her
won,t miss having to worry about the stresses of her
job, such as budgeting.She
still plans on stopping by senior centers to check in with friends, and Flora
is looking toward the ,,period of transition.,