Several classes designed for the 50-plus population are on the schedule

Photo by Marty Cheek
Volunteer Bernice Lawrence, Program Coordinator Denise Melroy and Mahmoud Mohlavi during a recent lunch at the senior center. An average of about 70 seniors attend the daily lunches.

By Dorie Sugay

The Buzz where? At the Hub! You know, the place where older adults hang out, where they can get info about wellness and participate in fitness programs, where they can get awesome lunches at a great discount and chat with others. The Senior Center is “The Hub” of older adult services and programs in South County.

At “The Hub” there’s a lot of buzzin’ going on these days because something big and fun is afoot — the Second Annual Healthy Aging Week and Senior Resource Fair in October.

That’s right, a whole week of fun and engaging activities to enjoy health and wellness, fitness activities, workshops; opportunities for family fun, to feast on great food, acquire helpful information and, yes, even win giveaways.

The fun will be everywhere — at the Centennial Recreation Senior Center, at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, the Morgan Hill Playhouse and Westmont of Morgan Hill.

The fun activities include a hike at Rancho Canada del Oro, a Bocce Ball Tournament, Movies with Grant, a free screening of the award-winning documentary film “Sue’s Story,” which is a heart-wrenching but heart-warming story of how Sue Berghoff and her husband, Chuck, tackle Lewy Body Dementia with hope and courage. (Members of the audience  will have the opportunity to ask questions after the viewing.)

That’s not all. Several classes designed for the 50-plus population are on the schedule, along with a boot camp, a bike ride, and a physician who will visit and conduct a very helpful (and necessary) Life Care Planning Workshop.

The event starts Monday, Oct. 7. Toward the end of the week, there will be a Senior Resource Fair, which is a free event where you will find your investment of time amply rewarded.

This celebration of aging ends Oct. 12 with a Community Volunteer Project where various volunteer projects will take place at the Centennial Recreation Center and Community Park. It’s a wonderful way for a family to experience giving together and conclude this activity-filled week.

There will be posters at the Centennial Recreation Center and the Community and Cultural Center. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, pick up a daily schedule at the Senior Center.

You may also access the schedule by going to the Senior Center website at www.eltorosc.com/senior-center and the events will be listed on the Community Events tab. You can also learn more by going to www.facebook.com/morganhillseniors/ or search for Centennial Recreation Senior Center on Facebook or call the Senior Center at (408) 782-1284.

There is a saying, “For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest.”

It’s time to harvest. Attend the Healthy Aging Week and the Resource Fair Oct. 7 through 12 and have fun and enjoy the wealth of information you can put to wonderful use for a high quality of life in Morgan Hill.


Dorie Sugay is the owner and executive director of Visiting Angels in Gilroy whose mission is to help older adults in Santa Clara and San Benito counties continue to live in their own homes or receive personalized care in a facility. She wrote this column for Morgan Hill Life. Contact her at dorie@visitingangels.com.

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