CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Senior Center remains a hub of activity all year round. Its multiple programs meet the diverse social and nutritional needs of its community — and it’s always growing.
“Our mission is to have a safe place for seniors to meet and thrive,” said Activities Coordinator Valerie Fisher. “Health and wellness are key components to living a quality life, and we try to bring information in the form of speakers and classes that enrich and improve the lives of seniors who are living active and longer lives.”
In August, for example, a doctor will be guest speaking about skin cancer awareness. The comprehensive program will touch upon prevention, detection and treatment. Fisher calls the event important not only for people turning 50, but for older seniors, as well.
Seniors are also looking forward to the “Cooking for the Fun of It!” cooking class in September which will whip up some savory and healthy recipes.
“Another set of seminars we are excited about falls under the umbrella of digital photography,” Fisher said. “Classes scheduled cover travel photography, shooting video, and how to use the software editing program, Photoshop Elements 9.”
These new, user-friendly classes are growing in popularity for seniors.
Fisher said that seniors are discovering how easy it is to stay involved with children and grandchildren through social networking, too.
For those wanting to stay up-to-date on computers and systems, their PC Users Group meets up a few times a month to connect on such topics.
Seniors are enjoying a host of different types of dance classes. Be it Hawaiian, line, ballroom, belly, Spanish Flamenco, or Zumba, they’re having a blast doing it.
The center also offers courses such as Tai Chi, Qigong, low-impact aerobics, and balance and mobility sessions.
Fisher describes their weekly Friday Party Bridge group as a force of its own. It’s a highly popular event.
“They don’t provide instruction, so seniors attending should know the game and be able to play on their own,” she said. “No reservations are needed, but it is on a first come-first served basis.”
Supervisor Jack Risley wants people to know that their center is opened to those who are 50 years old and up. But its nutrition program is available to those who are 60 or more years of age since it’s partially grant funded by the Older Americans Act.
“For Carlsbad seniors who are unable to drive, we offer transportation to our Senior Center for lunch,” he said. “In addition, Carlsbad residents who are homebound, and ages 60 and up, can apply for home meal delivery.”
While seniors benefit from the nutritional program, Risley said, it also does wonders for their social needs.
“Often at lunch, our various dance classes perform, or we offer local musical entertainment to enrich their dining experience,” he said.
Every month, the Senior Center publishes a monthly newsletter, The Seaside Buzz, which gives seniors a heads-up on news and upcoming activities.
Both Fisher and Risley encourage Carlsbad senior residents to visit carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec or call (760) 602-4650 to learn more about their center.