Senior Citizen Engagement

The Senior Citizen Engagement Initiative is a program that connects aging adults (62 or older) to resources, encourages community engagement, faciliates social participation, and brings awareness to issues aging adults face daily. NEO will partner with local senior centers, nonprofits, and City agencies to provide outreach, resources, engagement opportunities and in-person events. These events include: roundtables, giveaways, and resource fairs.

On Tuesday, May 26th, NEO held its first ice cream social event for senior citizens at the Hollygrove Senior Center. The ice cream social was well attended, with a total of 33 seniors in attendance, 29 of whom are enrolled at the center. The older adults in attendance heard from Bianchi Hughes, the Director of NOLA Ready, about what to expect during an emergency evacuation and how to prepare for it. Next was Erica Mercadel-Hayes, Director of NOLA311, who provided information on the Smart911 system and the critical role it plays in emergency calls for older adults. Residents in attendance were able to ask plenty of questions and address any concerns pertaining to hurricane preparedness. During the event, NEO staff had the opportunity to honor a 102-year-old war veteran, Mr. Jesse Magee, by presenting him with a centenarian blanket and a key to the city lapel pin. NEO closed out the event with some fun activities, such as a line dancing segment and raffle drawings for prizes. Overall, the event was well attended, full of information and resources, and fun activities.

Happy 101st Birthday to Ms. Eloise S. Louis!

Ms. Eloise S. Louis is a lifelong resident of New Orleans, and she was born on April 7, 1923. She grew up in Gert Town in Uptown New Orleans, and she is a proud graduate of McDonald #35 High School, class of 1939. She is a proud mother of seven and has a host of grands, great-grands, and great-great-grand children. She is also a lifetime member of 1st Free Mission Baptist Church. 

Her advice to younger generations is "Let there be Peace on Eart and Let it Begin in me." Her secrets to longevity are to "Live Right and Do Right."

The Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office Wants to Celebrate You!

Are you or a loved one 100 years old or will be celebrating your 100th birthday or more this year? Let us know, we want to celebrate your milestone in our city newsletter.

All you have to do is fill out the form below, letting us know a little bit about you or your loved one. Also please include color photo of you or the person you'd like us to honor.

Please click here to fill out the form!