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No rocking chairs allowed

Folsom Senior Center offers fun for those over 55
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Correspondent
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Rocking chairs and lap quilts are definitely out while laughing, playing and socializing are in for Folsom seniors. Folsom residents ages 55 and up are welcome at the Folsom Parks and Recreation Folsom Senior Center located at 48 Natoma St. The center includes a senior lounge, two activity rooms and a kitchen. The senior lounge is now open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a wide range of activities and services are available to interested individuals each day. All activities and services are free to the general public but donations are suggested for certain services. “This is a great way to come out and socialize and have something to do and look forward to doing,” said Ryan Erwin, 27, recreational coordinator for seniors and teen programs at Folsom Parks and Recreation for two years. On average 20 to 30 seniors participate every day in lunches and activities and recently more have been coming, said Erwin. The program is funded through local business donations allowing all activities to be free for seniors. “A lot of times seniors can fall into depression because of loneliness, but this really gives them something to look forward to,” Erwin said. Special events are also available to seniors in the community all year long. On Sept. 18 an “Ice Cream Social” will be held at the senior center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and on Oct. 23 a “Game Day” will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Upcoming holiday parties for seniors include a “Halloween Bash” on Friday, Oct. 30, and a “Holiday Party” on Friday, Dec. 18. Exact times will be available through the senior center. “I’m always amazed at their energy levels – they are always up for anything, are easy going and up for new things,” Erwin said. “I like working with seniors because they are fun, and fun to be around.” Local medical groups including Mercy Hospital of Folsom CHW and Kaiser Permanente also host special educational workshops geared towards senior health and nutrition. All workshops are free. A “Supplement Savvy” workshop will be held on Friday, Aug. 28, from noon to 12:45 p.m. teaching supplement benefits and supplement usage for seniors. Mercy Hospital of Folsom will host the workshop. The Folsom Senior Center also provides support services for seniors and their families. A senior nutrition program is held Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the senior center to enjoy a hot lunch and learn about what they are eating. The program teaches seniors about nutrition and what is prepared, and then serves attendees a hot meal. Reservations are required two days in advance by calling (916) 351-3386. There is a suggested donation of $2. A free Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Caregiver Support Group is offered every second Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The group offers support, strategies, education and resource information to families struggling with forms of Dementia. Call (916) 930-9080 for more information. A free Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program is offered every first, second and third Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program agency will help with questions or problems relating to Medicare billing and claims, supplemental insurance and Long Term Care insurance. Call (916) 376-8915 for appointment day and time. Free blood pressure screenings are also provided to seniors by the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. Screenings are held the fourth Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information on the Folsom Senior Center, call (916) 351-3510.