Seniors seek activities |

Seniors seek activities

While the seniors of the Truckee area sat down Tuesday to a barbecue picnic on the western shore of Donner Lake, representatives of senior programs shared information beneficial to the area’s older residents.

The Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District hosted the al fresco event that attracted an audience of about 50 seniors. While they enjoyed supper on a breezy, sunlit afternoon, delegates from various services spoke about activities going on in the Truckee-Tahoe region.

Emil Augustine of Sierra College said he was looking to bring more classes to the area so seniors can stay mentally active. The program, called Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, features classes ranging from investment tips, fitness, film studies, writing classes, music studies and even barbershop chorus.

“We are trying to find ways to keep people living as best they can,” said Augustine.

Cornelia Kallerud of the Silvertips of North Tahoe described how helpful it is having a room at the Rideout community center set aside for her group’s use. Silvertips is an organization for seniors that arranges activities and day-trips.

“People feel at home when they go there,” said Kallerud. “We gather around like a little family.”

Sandra Carter of Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Center for Sports Performance also expressed interest in keeping area seniors active.

“Being a senior doesn’t mean what it used to mean,” said Carter. “They’re very active, want to stay active, and stay healthy as possible as long as possible.”

Dave Holtebeck of Sierra Senior Services made an appearance to speak about the Senior Meals Program operating out of the old middle school. According to Holtebeck, the program serves 60 meals a day.

Pat Northrop of the Sierra Club endorsed kayak and sail classes as well as day-trips for seniors to places like Thunderbird Lodge and Vikingsholm. Other activities include electronic geogaching and orienteering, a kind of treasure hunt using GPS devices.

The event was organized by Susan Duffey Smith, the recreation and parks district’s teen and senior coordinator. The representatives from senior-service groups were also interested in hearing from the seniors what activities and services they would like to see offered.

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