Enjoying Life in the Golden Years
Like A Fine WineJanuary 2007
By Sandie Tillery
Getting better with age, many North State seniors continue to live the abundant life actively pursuing their passions and interests, before and during their retirement years. Whether on their own or involved in activities through organized groups, seniors are finding ways to keep their minds fresh, their bodies energized and their spirits light.They are recreating, exercising, learning, and volunteering. Shasta County Senior Network lists most of the following organizations on their website (SCSN.Org), but we thought a brief overview would help point folks toward activities suited to their interests.
• Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs (226-3098)—Designed for proactive seniors who want to make a difference, the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs provide opportunities for service to 60+ year-old residents of Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity counties and offer stipends to eligible participants. The Foster Grandparent Program serves all county schools mentoring, tutoring and encouraging students who have special needs in one-on-one relationships. The Senior Companion Program works with frail elderly still living independently. As part of a team of caregivers, volunteers provide companionship and short periods of relief for primary caregivers.
• RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) (225-5803) —Expressing their gifts and talents through service to the community, those who are 55+ years volunteer in over 75 organizations.With over 400 job descriptions, volunteers work in areas ranging from nonprofit organizations to public agencies to faith-based groups. Part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs, volunteers “apply their life experience to meeting community needs.”
• On the Go (365-3605)—Single seniors 50+ meet on the first Thursday of each month. Primarily a social club, there is a $15/year membership fee. Bowling, eating out, movie nights, birthday and Christmas parties, road trips, once a month potlucks and card games, and wine tasting are among their many activities throughout the year.
• Shasta County Public Health Active Aging Program (245-6457)—Under the umbrella of the Active Aging Community Task Force, a state-wide program, Fun with Seniors classes offer area seniors 50+ years information about health and nutrition along with balance and
strength training. Geared for all ability levels, 17 different classes lead by area health professionals are provided at a variety of locations around the Redding area. All classes are either free or cost no more than $2 per session.
• Mercy Mall Walkers (246-3729)—The climate controlled environment of Mt. Shasta Mall provides the course from 7-9 a.m.Monday through Friday as Mercy Mall Walkers set their own pace. Two walkers recently were recognized for logging a total of 20,000 miles each. The program encourages physical activity and social interaction. Participants log miles on Tuesdays when blood pressure is taken. Frequent social events are scheduled along with celebrations to acknowledge achievements.
• Senior Citizens Center in Redding (246-3042)— With the Sacramento River Trail and a luxurious view of the river out its rear windows, the Senior Citizens Center offers free activities for those 50+ years. Participants will enjoy recreational and fitness related activities including arts & crafts, exercise classes, bridge and pinochle, painting workshops, wood-carving, ballroom and line dancing, among other options.
• Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs (226-3060)— Four centers located in Burney, Shasta Lake City, Redding and Anderson provide meals to seniors in Shasta County along with an array of social and educational activities to help seniors live full and independent lives. Although serving seniors 60+ years of age for a suggested donation, anyone may enjoy the nutritional lunches for the posted price at the centers. Meals on Wheels takes meals to home bound seniors in some locations, while other folks take advantage of the Senior Transportation Program that transports people from homes to appointments and shopping, as well as to the center for lunch.
– Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs in Redding (226-3070)
– Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs in Burney (335-4979)
– John Beaudet Senior Center (275-2506)
– Frontier Senior Center (365-7061)
Boredom need not be a factor in the life of North State seniors.Whether participating with a friend or spouse or alone, this area offers a wonderful variety of opportunities for seniors. Book clubs, bridge clubs, dance clubs, car clubs, motorcycle clubs, recreational vehicle clubs, bowling leagues, grange halls, barbershop quartets, widows support groups, church groups, community college classes, parks and recreation courses… what’s your interest? There is a place for you to meet others of like mind while continuing to enjoy life to its fullest. Think outside the box and form your own club or group. Enjoy!