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Beyond Bingo: Senior Center Activities for All

Aging is not lost youth,” said writer and activist Betty Friedan, “but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” These golden years are most apparent at our region’s vibrant senior centers that are constantly bustling with activity. Research has shown that adults can delay the onset of chronic disease and improve their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and economic well-being through participation at these centers. If you’re looking to find out more, consider the following neighborhood locales. 

Senior LIFE Center of Loomis was established as an activity of Soroptimist International of Rocklin and Loomis where seniors can enjoy leisure, informative, and social activities surrounded by peers. Challenge the mind, body, and spirit with table games, quilting, tai chi, yoga, Zumba, performers, lectures, field trips, conversation, and more. Those over age 55 are welcome and can even enjoy a nutritious lunch. 6414 Brace Road, Loomis, 916-660-0543,

Maidu Community Center

The Maidu Community Center in Roseville has a FAB (Fifty and Better) wing with activities and services for active seniors over 50. Join fitness classes at the center, Mike Shellito Indoor Pool, or Roseville Sports Center; play games like bingo, bridge, and chess; attend free seminars and day trips; or join their various clubs (Road Scholars, Quilt Club). They also host AARP tax services in spring, legal counseling year-round, and a BBQ every fall. 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville, 916-774-5960,  

The City of Rocklin’s Senior Meeting Room helps those 55 and older stay active and connected with their community through couple’s bridge, movie day, free information regarding Medicare (second and fourth Tuesday of each month), AARP driving courses, and clogging classes. Aerobics and stretch and fitness classes are also available. 5460 5th Street, Rocklin, 916-625-5200,

Folsom Senior Center serves those over 55—Folsom resident or not. Free activities take place in the Senior Lounge and include games, movies, book discussions, bridge, guitar lessons, “Walk and Talk” guided trail walks, and driver’s safety courses. Seniors and caregivers can meet with community support services, while Meals on Wheels provides a hot lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday for seniors 60+. 48 Natoma Street, Folsom, 916-355-7285,  

El Dorado Hills Community Services District, along with El Dorado County, facilitates the Gilmore Senior Center that includes a library with computer access, card/game rooms, and a multipurpose room where those over 50 can partake in, ukulele lessons, digital photography courses, chair exercises, discussions, etc. Programs are free or fee-based. They also offer legal services, caregiver support groups, blood pressure checks, and more. 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills, 916-358-3575, 

Placerville Senior Center

El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging and Senior Programs are housed at the Placerville Senior Center. Offerings include  nutrition and legal services, caregiver support, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), and more. Popular activities include the senior lunch program, yoga, line dancing, fitness classes, card games, quilting, overnight trips, and a monthly movie. There’s also a computer resource center with assistance on Fridays. 937 Spring Street, Placerville, 530-621-6150,

The Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965 has recognized senior centers as being a community focal point—and rightly so. You’re sure to find a sense of joie de vivre at these friendly and affordable places.   

By Tara Mendanha

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