Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center
Helping seniors stay active and healthy
When Eula first started coming to the Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center’s senior center, she was lonely and needed dialysis five times a week. Two years later, Eula has made many good friends at the center and enjoys socializing with them on shopping trips, during walking groups, around the pool table and at art programs. Her health has improved and she now only needs dialysis three times a week.
“Many of our seniors are hesitant when they first walk in the door, but within a few days they already want to come back because everyone is so welcoming and our programs have such a profound impact,” said Katey Bowden, senior center activities director.
Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center is a United Way certified nonprofit partner and assists neighborhoods in North Sacramento, Gardenland, Northgate and Natomas, where opportunities are limited. In addition to the senior center, Stanford Settlement also provides programs to enhance the lives of elementary school children and teenagers from disadvantaged economic backgrounds through after-school groups, summer day camps and a teen center.
The senior center acts as a support system for participants ages 50 and above who remain in their own homes as they age, providing them with much-needed services such as door-to-door transportation to the center and doctor’s appointments, daily lunches, health and wellness activities, and social activities.
The center also works with Foodlink to provide brown bags containing canned goods, meat and vegetables delivered once a month so seniors can stretch their paychecks.
“Many of our participants are between 70 to 90 years old and are not able to drive or cook for themselves,” Bowden said. “Whether they live alone or with family, the center is a safe place for them to spend time with other seniors as well as get a hot meal and enjoy activities.”
For many of the participants, medical issues are at the forefront of their needs. The center features weekly speakers on relevant medical issues such as falls prevention, heart health and staying healthy during the cold and flu season. The center also features “seniorcize,” chair yoga, walking groups and dancing.
“We put the sparkle back in the golden years,” Bowden said. “From shopping trips to bingo, seniors can choose from a range of fun activities that not only enhance their social lives but also boost their mental and physical health.”
The senior center is always looking for volunteers to drive seniors to doctor’s appointments and call bingo. Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center also has many supply needs: http://stanfordsettlement.org/support-us/donate-stuff/,
For more information, visit www.stanfordsettlement.org.