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Activities abound for seniors through Folsom, El Dorado Hills centers

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Penne Usher, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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For the 50 and older crowd, there is plenty to do in Folsom and El Dorado Hills.

The Folsom Senior Center is a full-service center that offers a variety of programs and classes for those 55 and older.

“It’s our goal to get seniors to come out and have things to do,” said Sandy Hilton, of senior services.

She said the drop-in activities that include card games, movies, board games and even singing are some of the most popular. The drop in programs are all free.

“This gives them a chance to socialize with their peers and just have a good time and engage in fun activities,” Hilton said.

There are a variety of classes offered for a nominal fee as well. The more popular classes are art, yoga and computer courses.

“The exercise classes are the most popular,” Hilton said. “We have yoga for all levels including an adapted program for those that may have an illness or physical limitations. We even have people in wheelchairs participating.”

Also offered are support groups for caregivers and various workshops.

The facility also offers a lunch program with a suggested donation of $2. Lunch orders need to be placed a week in advance.

The center, located at 48 Natoma St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on the Folsom center call (916) 351 3510 or visit folsom.ca.us.

The El Dorado Hills Senior Center provides recreational activities and programs for those 50 and older and is open Monday through Friday.

“We have weekly programs from bingo, chair yoga, bridge, dominos, line dancing and guitar lessons,” said Janet Kenneweg, of the center.
“We have about 20 classes throughout the month including art classes, music lessons, photo, cooking classes and we try to have three special guest speakers each month,” Kenneweg said. “We have a large turnout with an average of 1,000 to 1,200 participants within all our programs each month.”

The busy senior center recently started morning fitness classes held four days a week with varying class focus.

“We have one called ‘forever fit’ that is hugely popular,” Kenneweg said. “We also have a lot of players for our bingo program that has been going on for close to 20 years.”

Most of the programs are free, but there is a small fee for the specialty classes.

For more info on the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, call (916) 358-3575 or visit edhcsd.org.