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Local Senior Centers

Apr 30, 2012 09:15AM ● By Style

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 Folsom Senior Center at 48 Natoma is the place to be for seniors aged 55-plus. The Center has numerous opportunities to bring elders together for social interaction, delicious and nutritious lunches, and monthly holiday parties, as well as chances to continue to learn and grow. Community and Cultural Services Manager Sandy Hilton has a question she loves to ask people: “When was the last time you tried something for the first time?” That question has sparked many people to join in the fun.

The Center, staffed weekdays, is home to the Senior Lounge – a drop-in, no-fee area that offers many things to do, including: playing cards and board games, socializing, or just hanging out and watching  TV. The popular Off-Key Singers are also located in the Lounge and are happy to have anyone join in and sing along.

There are also many fee-based educational classes to take, from Zumba and art classes to caretaker support services. It’s a great place to learn and experience something different, such as yoga or how to use a computer. The staff and volunteers ensure that everyone has a great time.  



Janet Kenneweg, recreation supervisor for the Ramona “Moni” Gilmore Senior Center, located in El Dorado Hills, loves her job. “There is something new and different everyday,” she shares. She wants seniors to get out of the house and get interested in the myriad of educational and fun classes and programs that are available.

Nearly 40 volunteers oversee dozens of free classes, from one-on-one computer courses to guitar lessons. There are also fee-based programs taught by experts and local professionals, but the Center works hard to keep costs affordable. These classes are varied and include cooking all types of cuisine, learning how to play the ukulele, getting to know your digital camera, and more. Also available are individual appointments with a local lawyer who can help with various senior issues. In addition, Mercy Hospital Auxiliary volunteers offer blood pressure checks twice a month, a health insurance counseling and advocacy program for Medicare beneficiaries, and assistance filing senior tax returns correctly and on time during the tax season. For everyone age 50-plus, the Center ensures a great time.

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