Actively engaged

Commissioner Walter Batara (left ) explains the Commission on Aging's advisory role as Ofie Albrecht invites Monica Abello to the next ALLICE abuse prevention workshop
Entrepreneur Angela Encarnacion and ALLICE 2019 president Elsa Agasid specialize in services for the older population

HART program supervisor Louis Solano (right) with care coordinator Maria Orleman and longtime volunteers Norma and Digna.

DALY CITY, Calif. – For the third year, the City of Daly City focused on the needs of the seasoned sector by hosting the Active Adult/ Senior Fitness and Resource Fair the Pacelli Event Center in the sprawling Doelger Community Center May 23 here.

The free event drew visitors from all over San Mateo County who had gotten wind of the instructor-led fitness exercise and activities throughout the 3-hour gathering plus the participation of diverse resource and community vendors with light refreshments and a raffle drawing.

Over at the Merced Room of the same center, health screenings took place.  Clients benefited from no-cost vision, hearing, bmi, leap (foot) screening, cholesterol (non-fast), a1c blood sugar (non-fast), blood pressure, and massages.  The screenings exceeded those offered at similar fairs in the county.

“We had a great turnout,” exclaimed Louis Solano, Program Supervisor of HART, a Daly City Partnership program focusing on services for seniors and dependent adults.  Housed in Doelger Center, HART is one of the five information and referral programs in San Mateo County.

Commissioner Walter Batara of the San Mateo County Commission on Aging informed attendees of the body’s advisory role to the Board of Supervisors as he distributed flyers of upcoming meetings.

ALLICE 2019 president Elsa Agasid, members Ofie Albrecht and Junior Flores invited visitors to the next free program their nonprofit is staging to promote healthier, safer relationships and homes.

Angela Encarnacion of Always Best Care – Peninsula spoke to attendees are her in- home services and job opportunities for caregivers.

The fair, coordinated by the Senior Adult Services Division headed by the dynamic Jennifer Der, helps fulfill the program’s mission to “enhance the quality of life and promote wellness by providing social, educational, and health services to all adults 50+.”

The center boasts a “global view” on its website: “We welcome seniors from all cultures to participate in our programs. We are not trying to be a melting pot where everyone is expected to be the same. Instead, we pride ourselves in being like a mosaic, where the differences of each culture are appreciated and at the same time are a part of the whole. Because we want to promote cultural appreciation and understanding, our programs will therefore include a cultural mix that may include any of the following: Food, History, Religion, Dance, Music, Entertainment, Cultural Heritage, Dress or Costumes, Arts and Crafts

For 39 years, the center has been a haven for residents in the prime of their lives seeking socialization. They avail themselves of exercise classes, computer training, yoga, daily hot lunches, educational services, a variety of activities with their contemporaries.

Successful as it was, this year’s fair had a bittersweet note as it marked the conclusion of the service of a longtime employee on May 31, with the retirement of popular Senior Services Assistant. Supervisor Donna Pineda.

Daly City’s Third Annual Active Adult/ Senior Fitness and Resource Fair was sponsored by Supporters of Doelger Senior Center, National Institute of Health, Serramonte Center, Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, Go4Life, Republic Services, Philippines Today and Philippines News.