September 10, 2008 > Pathways to Positive Aging: Seniors enjoy a night out
Pathways to Positive Aging: Seniors enjoy a night out
By Brittney Hansen
Photos By Linette Young
On Friday, September 26, the Tri-City Elder Coalition will host its 15th annual Seniors' Night Out with the theme, "Come Party with Us Under the Sea!" It gives seniors a chance to get out, make new friends, and enjoy great food during a night where it's all about them. "I have been attending Seniors Night Out for the past 12 years," said the honorary chair of this year's event, Linda Wasserman, "and each year I continue to be amazed with the record level of attendance as well as the genuine enthusiasm that exists that evening."
Seniors in our community are extremely important people with life stories and words of wisdom that come from personal experience. Many elderly folks are surrounded by loved ones and are able to enjoy a busy social life, but others are not so fortunate. Whether because of health, financial issues or other factors, many senior citizens are not often able to socialize and attend group events. Not only is Seniors' Night Out a great opportunity for these people to build relationships and have fun, but also a way to ensure that senior events and programs continue in the future.
The annual event is a fun and interactive way to raise funds for the Pathways to Positive Aging program, as well as the Personal Urgent Need (PUN) Fund, made possible by the partnership between the Tri-City Elder Coalition and the City of Fremont Human Services. The purpose of Pathways to Positive Aging is to reach six community goals by the year 2011; the goals cover topics such as health and community services for seniors, to driver's safety programs and even a senior pen pal program, which pairs up 75 seniors with 150 sixth-grade children in order to strengthen relationships between generations. The PUN Fund helps seniors in need with no other source of assistance by administering one-time grants of specific amounts, so that they may be able to obtain goods or services needed.
At the event, guests will be paired with seniors, and act as their escorts. Dinner as well as entertainment takes place at the Newark/Fremont Hilton Hotel, and meal choices include both regular and vegetarian. "This is one event the seniors look forward to and many ask to come year after year," said Linette Young, the event coordinator. "They love the music and have a great time. It is not unusual to see our seniors in walkers and wheelchairs rocking to the music on the dance floor!"
Join the Tri-City Elder Coalition and the City of Fremont Human Services honoring our community's older adults by committing to a sponsorship and becoming a part of this memorable and inspiring event.
If you would like to attend or help sponsor this year's Seniors' Night Out, or if you would just like more information about this event call Linette Young at (510) 818-9888, or email Linette@beyondexp.com.
Seniors' Night Out
Friday, September 26
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Newark/Fremont Hilton Hotel
39900 Balentine Drive, Newark