Lauritzen: Life After 50 … Local Senior Center Programs

Executive Director
This week, I am very excited to yet again talk about the many programs of the local senior centers, open to the public.
Tuesday Oct. 22, out student intern, Fernando Trujillo, will make a presentation on his work with criminal justice reform. His presentation is 11-11:30 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. His talk will focus on the importance of relationships and giving people second chances. This collaboration is the result of a UNM-LA internship opportunity, that covers many aspects of senior center services from our volunteer program, to communications and fundraising.
Wednesday Oct. 23, join us yet again for a presentation at 12:30 p.m. on creating a Dementia Friendly Community. Ken Hendricks from Home Instead, Cynthia Goldblatt from UNM-LA and I will host this free presentation. You can learn how to extend kindness in unexpected situations. You will learn how to help someone who finds themselves in a situation where they may struggle. As our community ages, we may experience individuals in the early stages of symptoms that affect normal activity.
The education continues as we move to the White Rock Senior Center.
A special lunch presentation on Uzbekistan is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 24. Members Beverly and Martin Cooper take the community on a special journey by sharing culture and pictures as they travel the world. Uzbekistan is at the center of the many trails that made up the Silk Road, the primary commercial route for traders with China. They will share their experiences through photographs of great mosques, walled cities, large madrasas and elaborate necropolises.
Chef Michael Mason has crafted a lunch to tie in with the travel presentation. Community members are invited to lunch at the low cost of $10, but reservations must be made by calling 672.2034 before 10 a.m. the day of the presentation. Discounts are available for members 60 and over. The menu includes; Shashlik, skewered grilled meats in chicken or beef, Zamburug Dolma, a cheese stuffed mushroom, Plov (a rice pilaf), Nan (flat bread) and Baklava for dessert.
Now we head back up the hill. Doyou know someone 90 or older? If so, they should join the senior center for free because Oct. 29, we will celebrate those 90 and over! The delightful staff of Ambercare will host a 90th birthday celebration 2-3 p.m. at the Los Alamos center. Only those 90 and over are invited to attend the ice cream social, complete with toppings. The event is meant for anyone who celebrates their 90th before the end of the year!