In continued efforts to help caregivers receive the support, information and self-care they deserve, the Santa Clarita Senior Center has added a mini health fair to its upcoming June 20, Caregiver Resource Day.
"I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all." - Leo Rotsten, American writer, 1908-1977
Growing old and living independently can be a mixed bag. On one hand, you want to remain in the comfort, dignity and familiarity of your own home.
People with impaired vision can do everything a normally sighted person can do, but they need to slow down to do it, said John Taylor, who leads the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center's Visually Impaired Services Program.
For the legion of men and women who provide care for dependent loved ones, helpful caregiving-related information can be a veritable lifesaver.
First of two parts
"Once I knew only darkness and stillness ... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living."
Flying fish, prancing ponies, impish cartoon characters - these were among the many images painted onto cardboard receptacles during a recent event at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.
Over a half-century ago, Millie Ballace worked at MGM and 20th Century Fox as a backup musician in the orchestra. She hadn't touched her violin much since that time, until picking it up at the Cowboy Festival a few years ago.
"It was hard for me at first, playing along with others," Ballace said. "But then I started practicing every day. I thought it would be great to start an orchestra again."
"Who wants an Italian dinner for six?" Alexandra Tozzi asked the large group of people attending a fundraiser put on by one of the Questers chapters in the Santa Clarita Valley on April 23.
Bernie and Dorothy Katz of Newhall danced as if newlyweds, giggling and holding one another tight when not demonstrating their finely honed moves on the floor.
Five days a week, four hours a day, volunteer Cecil Bernstein sits in "her" chair in the front lobby of Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, passing out information, signing up participants for health screenings, soliciting donations, and welcoming visitors.
How often do you meet a person who is nearly seven decades older than yourself? It's probably pretty common if you happen to be under 10. But what if you are a 46-year-old like me?
Every Easter, Olga Kaczmar puts all her eggs in one basket.
When Al met Ann in 1948, it wasn't exactly love at first sight, but it was close.
Queen Momma Rita McGranahan, dressed in purple pajamas and a red bonnet, browsed the ceramics at the Color Me Mine in Valencia.
The hands that clutch the blankets are new and frail. The hands that knit them are weathered and experienced. Though they never touch, both are kept warm by a new knitting project at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.