If you've checked out most any senior center's activity calendar in the last couple years you will have noticed that an increasing number of classes and events are being planned for younger and more active seniors. Social media workshops, Wi games, exercise and dance programs, hikes and adventure trips populate centers' schedules today.
It is no wonder, of course, since more members of the massive Baby Boom - born post World War II between 1946 and 1965- continue to "come of age", qualifying for senior services each year.
This is a population that may not have even considered visiting, let alone participating, in senior citizen activities before, believing they only were for very elderly or frail people. To counter that misconception, senior centers throughout the country have been throwing open their doors to strut their stuff and demonstrate to skeptical Boomers that they also have a lot to offer young, fit, healthy and active people 50 and above.
In commemoration of May being Older American's Month and to introduce Boomers, in particular to their services, the San Leandro Recreation Department of Senior Services will sponsor a workshop May 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. called "Living Life at 50+"
Held at the it will be an opportunity for those who are new to the community or just reaching the age to use senior services to find out about programs and services, although everyone is welcome to attend.
Instructors from the senior center will offer demonstrations and talk about their classes and audience members will be able to participate in some activities.
Performers from Stagebridge , a seniors performing arts troupe, will perform "It's Never Too Late".
No advance registration is needed for this workshop. If you have questions you can call 510-577-3462. The center, which just celebrated its first anniversary in its new headquarters in April, is located at 13909 E 14th Street, San Leandro.
You can see a copy of the San Leandro center's monthly calendar on-line here.
The theme for Older Americans Month 2012 is, "Never too old to play" and you can visit its site here for lots of ideas and tips about what it means to be a senior today.