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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Celebrates National Senior Center Week and Older Americans Month in May

Redwood City, CA -  April 20, 2005 - Senior Centers on the Move! is the theme of this year’s National Senior Center Week, which will be May 8-14. May is also Older Americans Month, and older adults, their families and members of the community are invited to celebrate with Redwood City’s Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, and learn more about its services.

The following programs are scheduled for May:

  • “Aging, Sleep and Memory Problems” Lecture, Wednesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m., Goldstar Room, free. Speaker is Adam Spira, Ph.D., Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care. Topics are age-related changes in sleep and memory, the impact of sleep disturbances and memory, and a VA/Stanford study about impact of light therapy on sleep problems in older adults with memory problems and their caregivers.
  • Advanced Health Care Directives Seminar, Monday, May 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Speakers are Nadine Condon, Mission Hospice, and Scott Hartley, Attorney at Law. Discussion includes hospice, values history, and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. There is a $10 fee for the seminar and a $10 fee for notary services. Call 780-7274 to register.
  • Senior Affairs Commission Special Program, Thursday, May 12. The Senior Affairs Commission meeting is at 11:00 a.m. in the Goldstar Room. Lunch is at 12:00 noon ($4.50, reservations required, call 780-7270). At 1:00 p.m. in the theater, Stagebridge will perform its popular musical revue, “Never Too Late.”
  • “Medicare Changes and Prescription Drug Coverage,” Friday, May 13, 10:00 a.m., Theater. Guest speaker is Diana Gray, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). Hear the latest information and have your questions answered.
  • AARP Driver Safety Class: Saturday, May 21 and May 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Goldstar Room, $10.00. AARP Instructor is Glenn Behm. To register, call 780-7270.

“Today’s senior centers are expanding their programming to reflect a strong focus on personal growth and wellness,” said James Firman, president and CEO of The National Council on Aging. “They’re reaching out to a younger generation of mature adults by helping them connect with fitness, career, volunteer and educational opportunities.” This new focus is also helping senior centers bring in revenue to offset reductions in public funding.

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center was established in 1982 and offers a variety of health and wellness programs that celebrate community connections. A team of professional staff and volunteers provide services in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Recreational, educational, expressive arts, and health and wellness classes provide the opportunities to make friendships and support healthy lifestyles. The programs also include traditional senior services, such as nutritious home-style lunches, transportation, and outreach programs to assist the elderly who are at home.

“Seniors in our community are helping to redefine the way we view aging. Older adults come to us for Tai Chi classes, computer classes, and volunteer jobs,” said Linda Griffith, Manager of the Community Services Department. “They appreciate the health and wellness programs we offer and the opportunity to give back to their community through volunteerism.”

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 780-7270, or visit our website at www.redwoodcity.org. The Veterans Memorial Senior Center is located at 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City.

The Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and supplies building and custodial services for City buildings. Redwood City Parks also operates the Fair Oaks Community Center, providing social, educational, and cultural activities, as well as information, referral, and counseling services to persons living in Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its website is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.

Visit Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contact:
Marlene Annuzzi
Senior Services Coordinator
650-780-7274

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