• Membership changes at Senior Center Letter from the Executive Director Membership Changes at the Senior CenterWe are initiating a few changes here at the Senior Center, and I want to let everyone know what ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2017, 1:17 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Falls, leading cause of fatal, non-fatal injuries Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, according to the National Council on Aging. Falls threaten seniors' safety and independence and generate enormous ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2017, 11:26 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Seniors learn about affects, benefits of medical cannabis Seniors explore various forms of cannabis NOTE: The following essay is a distillation of author Laurel Dewey’s book “Betty’s (Little Basement) Garden.” During the nearly two years I ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2017, 11:09 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • LGBTQI seniors face extraordinary challenges Older population is growingAmerica's older population is growing, and so is the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex(LGBTQI) adults who are moving into their ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2017, 4:30 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Senior Center to help earn income, make planned gift We are pleased to announce that we now can arrange for you to purchase a Charitable Gift Annuity! Charitable Gift Annuities A charitable gift annuity is a great way to ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2017, 11:17 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Attitudes towards aging often blind us Year of the SeniorAttitudes towards aging often blind us to the fact that millions of seniors are active, experienced, capable, and talented.They want to continue to remain engaged ...
    Posted Sep 5, 2017, 11:08 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Dine with seniors and guests Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Dine with seniors and guests at Sebastopol Senior Center Fresh meals, made daily, to order. Visit with local seniors and ...
    Posted Dec 29, 2016, 10:41 AM by Wayne Wieseler
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Membership changes at Senior Center

posted Sep 26, 2017, 11:34 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 1:17 PM ]

Letter from the Executive Director

Membership Changes at the Senior Center

We are initiating a few changes here at the Senior Center, and I want to let everyone know what they are and why they are needed.

Thanks to the generosity of local foundations, individual donors, and the City of Sebastopol, we now have five months operating funds in the bank. This is a great improvement to where we were last January when we almost had to close our doors. Unlike many senior centers in Sonoma, we are not part of the city. We are an independent non-profit organization. We must raise all the funds needed to keep our doors open. Sebastopol gave us a one-time grant, but it is now up to all of us to make sure this Center is sustainable.

That is why we have increased our membership rate to $50 for an individual and $90 for a two-person household. If everyone who uses the center became a member, we would have covered our deficit last year. Members receive many benefits including free day use, many free and/or reduced fee classes and field trips and receive our Wisdom Counts newsletter.

For folks who use the Center without being members, we are now asking a day use fee of $5 to make sure everyone helps support this valuable resource to our community. Anyone registered as a member does not have to pay a day use fee. If the $50 membership is too much, we ask folks to contribute something, and we can make up the difference with a scholarship provided by the Bethlehem Foundation. We want everyone using the Center to be a member.

Being a member also helps us to know who you are! We have had to call 911 several times this year for medical emergencies – and sometimes – we haven’t had all the information needed to help the emergency service providers do their job. We know who our members are – and we want to know who you are if you use the Center or attend classes here. Help us by becoming a member – and if it is not affordable – we can sign you up with a sponsorship.

So please, sign up today, and please stop by my office if you have questions – or just to say hello!

Linda Civitello, Executive Director

Falls, leading cause of fatal, non-fatal injuries

posted Sep 26, 2017, 10:42 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 11:26 AM ]

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, according to the National Council on Aging. Falls threaten seniors' safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.

However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

Falls are a challenge

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.

Because fall prevention is such a critical issue, the Sebastopol Area Senior Center has an ongoing Fall Prevention Advisory Committee to develop a community-wide intervention.

What is fall prevention?

Falls are the number one cause of injury, hospital visits due to trauma, and death from an injury among people age 65 and older. It is estimated that one in four older adults fall each year. Falls among older adults is a serious issue, but research has shown that many fall risks can be reduced.

There are many different factors that can increase the risk of falling. These include:

  • Past falls
  • Hazards in the home and community
  • Problems walking
  • Balance problems
  • Weakness
  • Improper footwear • Chronic diseases
  • Multiple medications
  • Poor vision
  • Depression
  • Memory problems
  • Behaviors like rushing

Because there are many different factors that contribute to falls, there are different recommendations for reducing fall risks. These include

Talking with a health professional 
Identify and treat medical problems that might lead to falls. This includes discussing any previous falls with the doctor, reviewing medications with a doctor or pharmacist, and getting vision checked at least once a year.

Getting Regular Physical Activity
Make a plan to have regular physical activity either in a class or at home. The most effective types of activities to reduce fall risk improve balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Being Aware of Safety Hazards in the Home and Community 
This includes looking at the home to identify fall hazards and making changes for safety, also called home modifications. It is also important not to rush and to be aware of fall risks when outside.

Statistics show that:

  • More than 40% of people hospitalized with hip fractures do not return home and are not capable of living independently again;
  • 25% of those who have fallen pass away each year;
  • On average, two older adults die from fall-related injuries every day in California.
Falls can result in hip fractures, head injuries or even death. In many cases, those who have experienced a fall have a hard time recovering and their overall health deteriorates.

In California alone, 1.3 million older adults experience an injury due to falling. A person is more likely to fall if s/he is age 80 or older or if s/he has previously fallen. Over time people may feel unsteady when walking due to changes in physical abilities such as vision, hearing, sensation, and balance. People who become fearful of falling may reduce their involvement in activities. Also, the environment may be designed or arranged in a way that makes a person feel unsafe.

The good news is that with adequate knowledge, falls can be prevented.

How Can We Prevent Falls?

Researchers have identified that the most effective fall prevention programs have many components. First, a person needs to understand what may put them at risk for falling. Some risks can be reduced. Medical providers can help to identify risks and develop a plan. Specific physical activity can target reduce fall risk by increasing balance and mobility skills. Also, changes to the home and community environment can reduce hazards and help support a person in completing daily activities. While this is not a comprehensive list of fall prevention strategies, it’s a good place to start:

Medical Management (Risk Assessment and Follow-up)

The first step is to talk with a health professional about getting a risk assessment for falling. During routine doctor visits, ask the doctor about your risk of falling. Some of the health factors that can contribute to falls are osteoporosis, being over age 80, changes in balance and walking patterns, changes in vision and sensation, and taking multiple medications. Certain medications cause older adults to experience dizziness. Once you have an idea of some of the risks and how you might be affected, you can work with your doctor, other health professionals, and your family to determine what factors can be modified to reduce your risk.

Balance & Mobility (Physical Activity)

Studies show that balance, flexibility, and strength training not only improve and mobility but also reduce the risk of falling. Statistics show that most older adults do not exercise regularly, and 35% of people over the age of 65 do not participate in any leisure physical activity. This lack of exercise only makes it harder for individuals to recover from a fall. Many people are afraid of falling again and reduce their physical activity even more. There are many creative and low-impact forms of physical activity for fall prevention, such as tai chi.

Environmental Modification

The environment can present many hazards. At home older adults are commonly concerned about falling in the bathtub or on steps. In the community, there can be trip hazards such as uneven or cracked sidewalks. By making changes to the home and community environment a person can feel safer and less at risk of falling. For example, the bathroom can be modified by installing grab bars as in the shower or tub, having a place to sit, and having non-slip surfaces. Steps can have handrails, adequate lighting, and a contrast between steps. Community sidewalks in disrepair can be reported to city officials for repair.

Seniors learn about affects, benefits of medical cannabis

posted Jul 31, 2017, 4:36 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 11:09 AM ]

Seniors explore various forms of cannabis

NOTE: The following essay is a distillation of author Laurel Dewey’s book “Betty’s (Little Basement) Garden.”

During the nearly two years I spent researching my book, “Betty’s (Little Basement) Garden,” I met a lot of seniors who were intrigued with the idea of using marijuana to either replace their prescription medications or eliminate them completely. The problem was that most of these people had either never used marijuana or had bought hook, line, and sinker into the fervent propaganda campaigns against the herb. Many of the seniors I interviewed told me they’d be open to using the herb if they knew it was effective and safe. Based on my conversations with them, I compiled a list of the most common questions and concerns they had. In addition, some of the seniors shared their observations and reactions with me when they used marijuana for the first time.

Marijuana is SAFER than prescription medications.

This might be hard to believe if you’ve been trained to believe the propaganda campaigns but it’s absolutely true. According to the CDC, in 2008, 36,450 deaths were attributed to prescription drug overdose. How many people have died from using marijuana? NONE. Ever. If you look at the stats, acetaminophen is more dangerous than marijuana, leading to the death of over 450 people annually. And the “side effects” of marijuana are minor in comparison to the side effects of many prescription drugs. You will NEVER see a warning such as, “This drug may increase the likelihood of suicide or suicidal thoughts,” connected to marijuana. Sadly, the same cannot be said for other medications.

Marijuana is not addictive.

Ask any responsible individual who uses marijuana and they will tell you that the herb is not physically addictive. People can use marijuana daily and then stop it “cold turkey” and their body will not revolt with shakes, tremors or sweat-soaked withdrawal. Ask that same marijuana user and he/she will happily tell you that marijuana is “habitual” and “a pleasant respite” from pain, anxiety and stress. Looking forward to feeling that relief is more akin to looking forward to reconnecting with an old friend than the anxiousness that surrounds “getting your next fix.” As one woman told me, “I’m addicted to getting a good night’s sleep. Marijuana helps make that possible because it forces my mind to stop racing and I can finally relax.”

Marijuana can increase the uptake of certain pharmaceutical drugs, allowing one to reduce the daily dose of their medication.

Research shows that certain cannabinoids—especially the psychoactive cannabinoid THC—within the marijuana plant can and do increase the delivery of various classes of drugs. For example, marijuana naturally lowers blood pressure and often regulates it over time. Thus, if you are taking blood pressure medicine while also using marijuana, you need to be watchful and keep an eye on your blood pressure. Opiates are typically enhanced when marijuana is used concurrently. The bottom line is that marijuana has the potential for accentuating the effect(s) of many popular drugs because it has the capability of also replacing those drugs for some users. That brings us to #4…

Marijuana can and does replace multiple OTC and prescription medications.

One of the obvious complaints seniors have regarding their daily medications is that the first pill often causes side effects that the second one is supposed to fix. But that rarely happens and more drugs are typically prescribed until the patient doesn’t know whether their medicine is doing them more harm than good. Marijuana is a multiple dimensional healing plants that targets varied conditions such as inflamed joints, high blood pressure, chronic pain, digestive disorders, constipation, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, cognitive awareness and more. Thus, this herb could easily replace close to one hundred percent of what’s in senior’s medicine cabinet right now.

Marijuana does not cause brain damage or lower IQ.

“I don’t want to use anything that’ll make me dingier than I already am!” I heard this comment a lot from seniors. Some were genuinely convinced that if they took one puff of a marijuana cigarette, their mental capacity would sharply diminish and remain that way. While neophytes may need to learn how to “train their brains” when they use marijuana, there is absolutely no documentation that shows the herb reduces or “kills brain cells.” In fact, the opposite is possibly true. Studies with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients indicate that the herb gradually encourages new neural pathway development in the brain and could be a neuron protector, allowing those with impaired brain function to potentially halt further degeneration and even elicit enhanced cerebral function. Furthermore, marijuana actually encourages creative problem solving, with some users reporting being able to “figure out solutions to problems I’ve been struggling with for a long time.”

There are specific marijuana strains that have been bred to remove “the high.”

A certain percentage of the seniors I talked to were adamant when they told me, “If I could get the medical benefit from the plant without the high, I’d consider it.” That’s absolutely possible now, thanks to a cannabinoid called CBD (Cannabidiol). Plant breeders are working overtime to develop “high CBD strains” that either has no THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana) or have a small percentage of it. CBD is great for inflammation, eases the pain, stimulates bone growth, suppresses muscular spasms, reduces anxiety and increases mental focus.

You do NOT have to smoke marijuana to gain the benefits from it.

Understandably, a lot of seniors either can’t smoke due to health issues or choose not to smoke. And thanks to the “stoner persona,” they believe that the only other way to take the herb is via the ubiquitous “pot” brownie. The fact is that marijuana can be added to just about any regular recipe in the form of cannabis infused butters or oils. For example, you can replace your salad dressing oil with “canna-oil” (marijuana infused olive oil) and discreetly ingest it at mealtime. There are also liquid extracts, syrups, lozenges, candies, chocolates, etc. to choose from. Liquid extracts allow users to “titrate” or regulate their dose. In other words, one can literally take the extract drop by drop every ten minutes or so until they reach the point of physical or mental relief they’re after. For those who miss smoking and like inhaling marijuana, vaporizing is alternative to smoking. Vaporizing allows the user to inhale the heat sensitive essential oils while smoking the herb tends to burn those up.

Marijuana-infused products can be used topically for effective relief from cuts, burns and inflammatory pain.

Most people can’t believe the topical powers of this ancient herb until they see it in action for themselves. One woman suffered a moderate burn on her finger that was quite painful. Her niece applied a small amount of a concentrated marijuana salve and bandaged it. The woman reported that her finger stopped hurting almost immediately and within three days new skin had grown over the burn. A simple marijuana-infused salve can diminish arthritic joint pain and works quite well for low back discomfort. And there is NO cerebral psycho-activity from topical use of marijuana-infused products.

Marijuana use will not necessarily make you fat.

A lot of seniors may not know much about marijuana but they have heard about “the munchies” that the herb is purported to encourage. Yes, it’s true that this plant can stimulate the appetite but the distinction should be made that appetite “enhancement” is also likely. What this means is that if a senior is not interested in food, if they use marijuana and then take a bite of food, the taste and texture of that bite is often improved and the desire to experience that same taste sensation again is increased. The concern about “getting fat” when you use marijuana is not a fait accompli. If you need to put on extra weight, marijuana can help make that happen. But there are also those who use marijuana daily in their food and report either losing extra pounds or stabilizing at a weight that better suits them.

There are thousands of marijuana strains and they are good for different things.

One strain does not fit all. There are strains that are specific for anxiety and strains that are targeted for insomnia. You wouldn’t want to take a strain that is meant for deep and restful sleep when you needed to interact and function with friends and family. Likewise, ingesting a strain that is meant for social interaction and creative problem solving when you really just want to get some sleep would not be your best choice. Most of the seniors I talked to didn’t know the difference between an Indica strain and a Sativa strain. And Indica is more sedating to the body and mind while a Sativa is much more elevating and energizing. Even when one finds a marijuana strain that consistently works for them, it can be advantageous for seniors to try different strains because tolerance to the same strain has been known to build up.

Marijuana can be fun.

One thing I noticed with the seniors I talked to is that many of them feel like life has no excitement left. Then, after using marijuana, many of them gushed to me about they “haven’t laughed that hard in years,” or how they noticed something about their surroundings that they’d never seen before. “Life,” as one woman expressed it, “was enhanced.” Colors were more vivid, music was crisper, her morning coffee tasted better and overall, she felt “reacquainted” with the world around her. Others told me that they enjoyed better social interaction and were able to “forget” or “leave behind” their doldrums and grief and “breathe in life again.” For those seniors who have become stuck in their ways, marijuana can afford them the opportunity to be more creative and even experiment with ideas and concepts that are outside their scope of comfort.

What I took away from all these wonderful people was the realization that marijuana has the potential to improve seniors’ lives on multiple levels. For those who enjoyed it, it was their ally for physical maladies and a friend to them when sadness, anxiety or depression lurked closer. For those who were intrigued by it but were also nervous about what they’d been told, education—free from propaganda—was the key to unlocking their courage and giving a little plant the chance to change their life.

~ Laurel Dewey is the best selling author of the Jane Perry thriller series as well as the standalone novel, “Betty’s (Little Basement) Garden,” the first fiction novel featuring medical marijuana in Colorado. Laurel lives with her husband and two orange cats in rural Western Colorado.


LGBTQI seniors face extraordinary challenges

posted Jul 31, 2017, 4:29 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 4:30 PM ]

Older population is growing

America's older population is growing, and so is the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex(LGBTQI) adults who are moving into their later years. In the next several decades, LGBTQI adults age 65 and above is expected to double, reaching more than 3 million by 2030, according to Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE, the nation's largest and oldest organization working to improve life for LGBTQI older adults.

LGBTQI Elder Resource Program

To that end, Sonoma County Human Services Department Adult and Aging Division contracted with Sebastopol Area Senior Center to provide a countywide LGBTQI-specific information and assistance service that will encourage LGBTQI seniors to feel comfortable in identifying their needs and accessing services. We created a resource web page ( with local, regional, and national support services as well as an online information and assistance request form. LGBTQI elders are also welcome to call 707-829-2440 for live one-on-one support.

Preparing for diversity in aging populations

These are the five main challenges we need to address if we want our society to be prepared for the full diversity of its aging population:

Basic Health Care

In the United States, about 80 percent of long-term care for older people is provided by family members, such as spouses, children, and other relatives. But LGBTQI elders are only half as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to have close family to lean on for help. This means that they rely heavily on the services of professional health care providers — doctors, pharmacists, or hospital and nursing home staff — who might be uncomfortable with or even hostile toward LGBT elders and who are not trained to work with them. In SAGE's experience, even when these providers are supportive, fear of discrimination prevents many LGBT older people from seeking out the care they need.

Caregiving Issues

Can you imagine not being able to care for a longtime partner or spouse, or have any say in your loved one's medical care? It’s unthinkable for most of us. Because the support systems of LGBTQI elders — their partners and their families of choice — often are not recognized under the law, LGBTQI people frequently are not granted family or medical leave to take care of a sick or terminally ill partner. Furthermore, LGBTQI people can be excluded from decision-making on a partner's medical care and funeral plans, unless they have put specific legal arrangements in place. Unfortunately, many people don't make such arrangements, either because they can't afford the legal costs or because they, like so many Americans, think they can put them off for another day.

Financial Insecurity

LGBT older people are less financially secure than American elders as a whole. For example, poverty rates among elder lesbian and gay couples are 9.1 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively, compared with 4.6 percent among elder heterosexual couples. Several factors contribute to higher poverty rates, including employment discrimination and barriers in Social Security, Medicaid, and pension and retirement plans that deny same-sex couples key retirement benefits afforded to the broader population. In addition, state laws can shut LGBTQI partners out of an inheritance, or can require them to pay steep taxes on an estate that a surviving heterosexual spouse would inherit tax-free.

Social Isolation

Despite creating families of choice and other support networks, many LGBTQI older people still experience high rates of social isolation. They are twice as likely to be single and to live alone, and three to four times as likely to be childless. They are also less likely to feel welcome in the places where many older people socialize, such as senior centers, volunteer centers and places of worship.

Access to Aging Services

LGBT older people often do not access aging services out of fear of harassment or hostility. Few aging services providers plan for, or reach out to, the LGBTQI community — and few are prepared to address insensitivity or discrimination aimed at LGBTQI elders by staff or other older people.

Fortunately, such attitudes are changing. A recent survey of aging services providers shows that a growing number of respondents would welcome LGBTQI elders, but lack the proper training. Resources such as the federally funded National Resource Center on LGBT Aging ( have been created to provide training and tools to aging providers, LGBTQI organizations and LGBTQI older people themselves, ensuring that our community increasingly will be able to age with the dignity and respect we all deserve.

The source for much of the factual information in this news release is from a blog written by Michael Adams who executive director of SAGE, the nation's largest and oldest organization working to improve life for LGBT older adults.

Senior Center to help earn income, make planned gift

posted Jun 28, 2017, 4:06 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 11:17 AM ]

We are pleased to announce that we now can arrange for you to purchase a Charitable Gift Annuity!

Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a great way to make a gift and create an income stream for you or a loved one. In exchange for your charitable gift, you or your loved one will receive a fixed annuity for life, part of which may be tax-free. Additionally, you will receive a charitable tax deduction and a potential reduction in gift and estate taxes. The size of the payment is determined at the time the gift is made and will not fluctuate with the financial markets.

Your gift to establish a charitable gift annuity also assures that the Sebastopol Area Senior Center continues to be the home-away-from-home that we are for so many elderly in our community.

Sebastopol Area Senior Center has partnered with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) to issue charitable gift annuities. With assets of approximately $8 billion under management, SVCF provides the expertise and financial resources required to back Sebastopol Area Senior Center charitable gift annuities.

Why are gift annuities so appealing?

  • You will become a member of the Sebastopol Area Senior Center President’s Council
  • Your annuity income payments are fixed and are not affected by market turbulence.
  • Your payments are secure, backed by all of the Foundations unencumbered assets.
  • You may qualify for a tax-deductible donation.
  • There may be a potential to increase your cash flow, especially if the annuity is funded with low-yielding assets.
  • A portion of the payments you receive may be tax-free.
  • Donors might receive a capital gains tax advantage if the annuity is funded with long-term appreciated assets.
  • The security of fixed payments can be directed to you or to a loved one, such as a parent, sibling or child.
  • Best of all, the residuum will be used for the long-term benefit of the Sebastopol Area Senior Center!

Attitudes towards aging often blind us

posted Jun 2, 2017, 9:12 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 11:08 AM ]

Year of the Senior

Attitudes towards aging often blind us to the fact that millions of seniors are active, experienced, capable, and talented.

They want to continue to remain engaged, productive, and active. Sonoma County is a leader in making healthy aging a priority. In January 2017, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a plan that established 2017 as the Year of The Senior. Developed as a collaborative effort by the Economic Development Board and the Human Services Department, it is a celebration of the economic and social contributions of residents age 60+. The plan includes working with the Age-Friendly Sonoma County initiative and increasing community understanding and support for the challenges that seniors face. It also explores the economic potential of a growing senior population and provides support for businesses, government, and community organizations to expand opportunities for seniors. Participation is vital to positive aging. There are many great programs offered in our communities. A few of these opportunities are:

Age-Friendly Ambassadors

Age-Friendly Sonoma County is recruiting volunteer Age-Friendly Ambassadors to help assess, plan, and implement what can be done to make cities and communities throughout Sonoma County more livable for older adults. In 2016, Sonoma County was accepted into the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (the Global Network). Renee Tolliver with the Council on Aging serves as Sonoma County’s Age-Friendly Communities Coordinator. Renee facilitates a countywide volunteer steering committee and provides guidance to cities that want to join the Global Network and form their own task forces. Supported by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and overseen by Aging Together Sonoma County, Age-Friendly Sonoma County is a five-year effort. For information: Renee Tolliver at 707-525-0143 x124 or or visit

Senior Art Show

This year’s theme is “Year of the Senior” and the celebration of its 20th Anniversary. The Senior Art Show celebrates the creativity of Sonoma County seniors. The art show is a free event held at the Finley Center from July 18th through September 8th. A Cookies and Coffee reception to celebrate the talents of local seniors will be held at the Finley Center on July 20th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For information:

Area Senior Centers

Senior Centers specialize in positive programs that keep us engaged and active. Activities are varied: exercise, yoga, technology classes, social opportunities, art groups, writing courses, current events discussions, dance, and nutrition programs. Check out your local senior center and take advantage of some of these great programs. Let’s make aging something to embrace and celebrate in Sonoma County!

~ By Diane Spain, AAA Advisory Council

Dine with seniors and guests

posted Dec 29, 2016, 10:36 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Dec 29, 2016, 10:41 AM ]

Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dine with seniors and guests at Sebastopol Senior Center

Fresh meals, made daily, to order. Visit with local seniors and eat delicious, inexpensive, and healthy meals. For patrons over 60, the Council On Aging asks for a modest donation of $4 for the service and the meal. For people under 60, the cost is $6.50.


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