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Storytelling event planned in Beaverton

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County will observe Older Americans Month, Mental Health Awareness Month with session at city library.

Master storyteller Paul Iarrobino and three older adult storytellers will speak at an event to observe both Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.

The event is sponsored by Washington County Mental Health, Aging and Disability Services and will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, in Meeting Room A at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St.

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsors seek a head count; call (503) 846-3056 if you plan to attend. The event is free.

The theme for this year's Older Americans Month is "Age Out Loud" and shines a light on important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things and engaging in their communities. They are taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence and advocating for themselves and others.

"I find that being resilient and feeling relevant has changed as I transitioned from full-time employment to starting my own business in my 50s," Iarrobino says. "I am excited to have a dedicated place for us to share personal experiences and openly explore this topic in a supportive environment."

Iarrobino regularly performs his craft at community events and incorporates stories when giving keynote addresses or presentations. He inspires new storytellers by teaching and mentoring small groups. As a coach, he helps individuals harness their inner strengths to remove barriers, improve key areas of their life, and rediscover their drive and purpose.