Local Senior Centers
04/30/2012 05:26AM, Published by Style, Categories: In Print
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
To be a senior in our area is a wonderful thing.
We are blessed to have so many senior programs that can help you make the most of your golden years. As the saying goes: “It’s important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle,” and there is no better place than a senior center to engage, play, learn and grow. Whether you need information on medical issues, taxes, want to explore our area’s history, take day/weekend trips, need a support group, want to become an “armchair” traveler, or need help understanding Medicare, our area’s senior centers offer something for everyone. All you have to do is go.
The senior desk at the Maidu Community Center Senior Wing is open Monday through Friday, and staffed by dedicated volunteers ready to help you locate the information or fun that you need.
The City of Roseville offers resources as well as space and support for a variety of self-guided groups; in addition, they present a variety of interesting workshops and presentations to help seniors learn about all types of informative and important subjects, such as hospice care and advanced medical directives. Their newsletter, Village News and Views, is published every other month with current schedules on classes and ongoing events. It is available for delivery to your home for $6 a year, or you can get free copies in various locations around Roseville.
Senior Parks and Recreation Supervisor Kate Miller appreciates everyone involved in this vibrant program. “We are very fortunate to have wonderful people who participate, volunteer and support each other,” Miller says. Along with monthly legal and health assistance, the Maidu Senior Association is also an option; after joining, you can participate in a variety of free ongoing programs at the center. The classes offer everything – from mahjong and bingo to walking groups and singing – that nearly 750 Roseville and surrounding area seniors take advantage of.
The City of Rocklin Active Adult Center is housed at the lovely and very accessible Johnson-Springview Park on Fifth Street. The senior group started nearly 20 years ago when a group of folks wanted to get together and play bridge. It grew from a four-table game in the City’s library to the Sunset Center that can hold 12 tables of the card game. “We are big on bridge,” Community Services Supervisor Sharon Mahany-Brooks explains.
Now the membership group has nearly 250 local seniors taking advantage of activities, including: weekly movies, AARP Driver Safety, country line dancing, yoga and more. These fee-based classes are just $35 per year. The group also offers a wholesome lunch each day at the facility and for delivery by volunteers. The nearly 60 volunteers enjoy helping the members (some in their 90s) benefit from all the group has to offer. “Our volunteers are very generous with their time and knowledge,” Mahany-Brooks says.
She credits the group with creating a strong social network among the over-50 crowd in Rocklin. The members offer their extensive life knowledge to each other and younger folks, too. Strangers have become good friends and they have their own network of checking up on each other.
Visit roseville.ca.us/parks/adults_n_seniors or rocklin.ca.us/government/service_n_facility/active_adult_programs for more information.