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Its never too late to get back in shape

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Jean Kolak, 75, left, and Honey Cowan, 72, (pictured here with Yvonne Ellis, 86) head up the trail toward C Horse Ranch in Auburn. Cowan, ranch owner, counselor and registered nurse, offers therapeutic riding in addition to horse boarding, camps and special events. Cowan, a breast cancer survivor, also hosts a cancer survivors support group with handson healing with horses and a community organic garden where the fruits and vegetables are donated to cancer sur-

vivors and their families. Starting in May, the Auburn Recreation District will offer a Mature Riders Camp, a monthly club for adults who have always wanted to ride and never had the opportunity. Instructors Cowan and Taylor Roundtree will teach horsemanship basics, grooming, riding and communication skills. Helmets and boots are required and provided; fee is $150 for residents and $155 for non-residents. Sessions are held from 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, May 26, June 30 and July 28. For information, or to sign up, call (530) 885-0611 or visit www.auburnrec.com.

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FEELIN GROOVY Seniors keep the beat with area dance classes 6 BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE Find the right workout regimen for you 8 MIND, BODY, SPIRIT Total wellness starts within 11 BOWLED OVER 89-year-old athlete takes to the lanes 12 GET PICKLED Tennis/ping-pong combo draws crowds 14 THINK AHEAD Tips for planning a financially sound retirement 16 LIVING LIVELY Retirement communities keep residents busy 18 FIND A HOBBY Arts, cars, clubs keep seniors busy 26 FUN IN NUMBERS Clubs and senior centers fill social calendars 28
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DANCE

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Dance instructors get seniors toes tapping


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When youre social dancing, it doesnt matter if you mess up as long as BY LAURA OBRIEN you and your partner are GOLD COUNTRY NEWS SERVICE For seniors stepping out at having a good time area dance classes, the social dancing. benefits of dancing are just as
important as the physical ones. Barbara Sowers, a clogger at Sun City Lincoln, fell in love with dancing at an early age. You can be tired, but when they put on pretty music, something happens and youre not tired anymore, Sowers said. Its just uplifting. I dont know
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what wed do if we didnt have our clogging. Sowers, 77, and her husband, 82, clog three days a week. She said she appreciates the workout. Singles interested in partner

dances such as ballroom shouldnt be discouraged. Instructors said its typically not a problem to make pairs during class. Dance instructors Pam Rivera and Roger Zabkie met on a dance floor. They teach social dance, which is akin to ballroom, on Tuesday nights at the DeWitt Senior Center in Auburn. When youre social dancing, it doesnt matter if you mess up as long as you and your partner are having a good time dancing, said Rivera, who has taught dance for more than 40

years, including with Arthur Murray and more recently with Zabkie on cruise ships. The DeWitt center classes begin with an hour-and-a-half lesson and a dance party follows for another hour and a half. Part of the $6 class fee funds refreshments, providing further occasion for socializing. Rivera and Zabkie teach a variety of dances, including fox trot, waltz, rumba and cha-cha. The DeWitt Social Dancers learn one type of dance a month. Coming up next month is bolero.

Its a chance for a man to be graceful, Zabkie said. Its easily learned. Zabkie acts as the DJ for the dance classes. The group dances to music including songs by Jimmy Buffet, Frank Sinatra and Tito Puente. To me, dancing is just one more way to appreciate music, Zabkie said. A lot of music appreciation is happening at Sun City in Roseville and Lincoln, where dance classes include ballroom, jazz, tap, line dancing, West Coast swing, square dancing,
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EXERCISE FITNESS TIPS


Jody Martin, who teaches classes for Roseville Parks and Recreation and at Del Webbs Sun City Roseville, offers tips for people in the wisdom years, a term she endearingly uses for older adults. When exercising, go slowly. Never go beyond what the body can do. Find time every day to exercise. Follow a five-minute energy routine that includes breathing, moving all joints, especially the spine. Cut back on sugar. Keep weight under control. Drink lots of water. Work with resistance bands and take them along on trips. Show up for class.

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Roger Semple, 84, follows instructor Lyn Polls lead in arm and leg exercises in the senior fitness Chair Fitness class at the Maidu Community Center.
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Older adults are staying fit and fine these days, thanks to fitness centers that offer classes geared to their abilities. While some seniors have arthritis, joint issues or heart problems and have limited mobility, others are ready to run on the treadmill, though maybe at a much slower pace than the muscle man on the next machine. Some fitness centers have classes specifically designed for older adults, while others have programs for people of all ages

who have health issues and special needs. Most of the centers have trainers

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Moving the elbows, shoulders, neck, hands and other parts helps those with mild arthritis, she said. When they get the circulation flowing to those areas, they have less stress in their joints. She also incorporates relaxation at the end of her classes. Relaxation is such an important part. We need to do all we can to stay healthy. Lyn Poll, certified group fitness instructor for Roseville Parks and Recreation, teaches Chair Fitness classes at the Maidu Community Center. The non-impact workouts are designed for those who have limited abilities and cant participate in conventional exercise programs. Class members sit on chairs as they do cardio warmup exercises, stretch their arms and legs, march in place and strengthen muscles with stretch bands, hand weights and balls. What we do in a standup class, the class does while seated in chairs, Poll said. Her Chair Fitness Plus class is a little more active. In addition to sitting and exercising, members stand, stretch muscles and exercise their joints while holding onto the backs of their chairs. People need to stay active, Poll said. If they dont continue to remain active, they lose the ability to take care of themselves because they dont have the strength. Arnold and Roberta (Bobbie) Boehm have been in the Chair Fitness class for a year and enjoy it. It keeps us a little more active and keeps our bones strong, Bobbie Boehm said. We need that stuff as we get older. Jackie Aievoli, 71, and

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June Hanes, left, and Helen Achziger work out by moving their legs up and down, backward and forward in the senior Chair Fitness class at the Maidu Community Center.

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Expert opinion: Its never too late to be fit


Kim Spranger, Courthouse Athletic Club, is a physical therapist and nutrition specialist, International Sports Sciences Association. Here, she shares some tips for staying fit after 55. The National Institute on Aging believes that, when older people lose the ability to do things on their own, it doesnt just happen because they have aged. More likely it is because they have become inactive. The first step toward a more active, healthy lifestyle is to incorporate a balanced exercise program into your daily routine. But, before beginning any type of exercise program, be sure to talk with your doctor, especially if you have any history of a heart condition. Exercise has a positive impact not only on ones physical well-being, but also on ones mental and
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emotional well-being. Studies have shown that exercise improves sleep. It boosts mood and self confidence. Endorphins produced by exercise can help you feel better and reduce feelings of sadness or depression. It also helps keep the brain active, preventing memory loss, cognitive decline and even dementia. The physical benefits are huge. As we age, our metabolism slows, so exercise can help one maintain or even lose weight. It can reduce the impact of illness and chronic disease such as diabetes, colon cancer

or osteoporosis. Exercise helps improve our immune function, heart health and blood pressure. It provides for better digestive functioning and enhances mobility, flexibility and balance, which are necessary for activities of daily living. An effective exercise program includes aerobic conditioning, strength training and flexibility, agility and balance exercises. Aerobic exercise improves heart rate and breathing. Common activities include walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming

and dancing. Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly. How long you exercise aerobically will depend on your fitness level. Start slow to allow your body to adapt. Strength training or resistance training, as it is commonly referred to, improves muscular capacity and, in women, bone density. Repeated mild stress on our bones helps them maintain their calcium content and structure. Strength training also helps to maintain muscle mass and tone. After the age of 30, we start losing muscle mass. Exercise stimulates muscle growth and slows this loss. It is important for joint health. Repetitive motion promotes the bodys natural process of lubricating joint surfaces. The most common types of strength training are working with free weights, resistance bands or weight

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Gena Livings, an Auburn resident, is a teacher of Spiritual Fitness and founder of GenaLivings.com. She helps busy professionals lead more vibrant and happy lives from the inside out. She is also the author of an online guidebook, The Livings Key Principles. Heres a thought. Every day, millions of people embark upon a fitness regimen that typically has just one concentration of focus, thereby missing the total body experience. Spiritual fitness is far different from anything else. Thats because it relates to overall health and well-being. When we take care of ourselves through exercise, sleep and good nutritional habits, we not only enhance our physical,
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mental and emotional condition, we also deepen the connection we have with ourselves, others and the environment that surrounds us. Taking good care of our body is more than just watching the scale. Exercise, nutrition and rest are all vital ingredients in the recipe of healthy living and getting spiritually fit. Unfortunately, many people dont exercise on a daily basis. Exercise is vital for healthy living and becoming spiritually fit.

It helps you maintain strength and agility, gives mental health a boost and can even help diminish chronic pain. Think of exercise as joyful movement, any movement, not necessarily something that you have to perform for long, painful, punishing hours at the gym. Choose an activity that you enjoy. The best form of exercise is the one youll actually do and stick with, not the one you think you should do. You can try any activity that involves some type of continuous movement like walking, cycling, swimming, etc. Then theres your daily fuel. The foods you eat provide the energy your body needs to function properly. Healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin or depriving yourself

of the foods you love. Its about feeling great, having more energy and keeping your mental and physical well-being as healthy as possible for life. The old adage, You are what you eat, is still very much true. What you consume can affect your immune system, mood and energy levels. Getting the proper amount of rest on a daily basis, like nutrition and exercise, is also important for our minds and bodies to function normally. Sleep is essential to good health and well-being, as it refreshes the body and the mind. If you get enough sleep regularly every night, you will feel energized and be able to function better. To become spiritually fit for life, its essential to focus on the four areas of our whole being:

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Grandma hits the alley weekly


BY KRISSI KHOKHOBASHVILI
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Hazel Shenefield, 89, warms up before league play at Foothills Bowling Center in Auburn.

For Auburn resident Hazel Shenefield, three strikes is a good thing. Shenefield, 89, is an avid bowler, taking to the lanes weekly as part of the Tuesday Blue Chip league at Foothills Bowling Center. Shenefield, who bowled in her younger days, said she took the sport back up after her husband, Joe, died in 1983. She was sitting outside, watering her roses, when a neighbor dropped in for a visit. My neighbor came by and saw me just sitting there, Shenefield said. I guess I looked lonely I probably was. And she said, How would you like to come bowling? and I said, Well, yes I would. Shes been bowling ever since,

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playing in leagues that took her all over California and the U.S. Shenefield bowls with a 9pound ball, which she has had for 25 years. Sometimes in the morning, when its cold, the ball feels awful heavy, but you get used to it, she said. The sport helps keep Shenefield limber and balanced, she said. On no-bowl days she stays active by taking regular walks and participating in the exercise program at Emerald Hills, where

she has lived for five years. Hazel takes the shuttle every Tuesday to the bowling alley, where she plays three games. Shenefield said her best games come to over 200 points. Hazel arrives at Foothills Bowling Center by 9:30 a.m. and warms up until league play begins at 10 a.m., said Sheena Reithmeier, community relations director for Emerald Hills. When the league starts it is all business. Hazel is on a team with three men. Staying active has been a lifelong priority for the former Alta resident and Vancouver, Canada, native. No matter a persons age, she said, the benefits of staying active are obvious. I dont have very many problems, health-wise, she said. I just enjoy being active I have all my life.

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Beloved sport now has indoor option


Pickle Ball matches open four days a week
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PICKLE BALL

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The loud thwack of paddles making contact reverberates off the walls of Recreation Gym in Auburn Thursday morning, as Pickle Ball players participate in the sport that combines badminton, tennis and ping-pong for a result thats just plain fun. Those games, along with Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday matches in Regional Gym, are a new addition to the Auburn Recreation Districts activities lineup. The game is played in warmer months outside in Meadow Vista, but one volunteer has led the effort to bring the sport inside, as well. Auburn resident Cherry DuLaney, 62, is a sports enthusiast who has played volleyball since college. Active in ARDs Power Senior Volleyball program, she tried Pickle Ball for the first time in July 2011 on the advice of a friend, and has played regularly ever since. DuLaney was disheartened to learn there was nowhere to play year-round, and so approached ARD about setting it up. Now people come from as far away as Yuba City to grab a paddle and get pickling. I dont know of anybody who has played it who hasnt loved it, DuLaney said. Its a fabulous game. When I can no longer play competitive volleyball, Ill still be able to play this. This is just a blast. The basics of Pickle Ball are easy to grasp: Teams of two face each other on either side of a low net, and one serves a Pickle Ball (similar to a Wiffle ball) over. If a team is unable to return the ball, a point goes to the other team. The first team to

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Tom Isaac makes a saving shot during a pickup game of Pickle Ball at Recreation Gym in Auburn.

Cherry DuLaney, left, Charles Miles, Maggie Kelly and Clay Cowan tap racquets after a friendly game of Pickle Ball at Recreation Gym in Auburn.
reach 11 points wins. There are more rules to it, of course, and players are always willing to teach a beginner the ropes. Indoor Pickle Ball is open to players 18 and over of all experience levels. Maggie Kelly, 67, of Newcastle, plays Pickle Ball twice a week with her husband, Bob, 70. She said that in addition to the good workout a game of

Pickle Ball provides, she also enjoys the camaraderie on the court and the fun of the game itself If its not fun, were not going to do it! Paddles and balls are provided, and DuLaney and a group of volunteers sets up and takes down the court. Come as a single or in groups theres always a game to join. DuLaney, a skin cancer survivor, pointed out that besides the obvious benefit of having a place to play in inclement weather, indoor Pickle Ball players are also safe from the suns rays. Kelly spent a recent Thursday morning playing doubles at Recreation Gym alongside Clay Cowan, 61, Christian Valley. Cowan played Pickle Ball a few years ago, and picked it back up just a few weeks ago. He said Pickle Ball is a fun, social way to work up a sweat. Im not going to go to the gym and use the exercise bike, he said. Thats just not my thing.

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lanning for retirement should begin well before reaching retirement age and, once retired, that money should be made to last. Thats according to Melanie Bergevin, a financial adviser for Edward Jones in Lincoln. Bergevin said those who are still working should take full advantage of 401(k)s or other employer-sponsored retirement plans, as well as contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA. With advances in health care and a greater awareness of healthy living practices, many of us can expect to live two or three decades in active retirement, Bergevin said. To pay for all of those years, youll need to save and invest early and often. She also suggested building

With advances in health care and a greater awareness of healthy living practices, many of us can expect to live two or three decades in active retirement. To pay for all of those years, youll need to save and invest early and often.
Melanie A. Bergevin, Edward Jones financial adviser

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an emergency fund of six to 12 months of living expenses to possibly avoid dipping into your long-term investments when, for example, items like a major car repair or need for a new furnace come up. Once retired, Bergevin said, individuals should work with a financial adviser to make retirement dollars last. Once you reach retirement, your investment emphasis will shift from accumulating

resources to making them last, Bergevin said. By working with a financial adviser, you can develop a withdrawal strategy that can help make sure you dont outlive the income you receive from your 401(k), IRA and other sources. Bergevin also said retirees should take the right amount of distribution from retirement plans. Once you turn 59, you may be able to take penalty-free

withdrawals, or distributions, from some of your retirement accounts, Bergevin said. But once you turn 70, you generally must start taking distributions from these accounts. Bergevin said there is a required minimum distribution, one she said is based on the previous years balance in your retirement plan and life

expectancy tables. You can take more than the minimum, but youll want to make sure you dont take so much that you outlive your savings or create an unexpected tax consequence, Bergevin said. She also said to hold off on collecting Social Security, which is available at age 62. If you wait until your full retirement age or longer, your monthly checks will be larger, Bergevin said. Theres no right answer for everyone. To get the maximum benefits from Social Security, youll need to factor in your health status, family history of longevity and other sources of retirement income.
Melanie A. Bergevin is an Edward Jones financial adviser at 1500 Del Webb Blvd., Suite 104, Lincoln. Reach her at (916) 408-4722.

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Just because a senior moves into a retirement community doesnt mean physical activity slows down in many cases, assisted-living facilities provide more options for staying active than living on your own ever could. Heres a roundup of the happy, healthy communities in our area. At Auburn Ravine Terrace, more than 100 seniors enjoy apartmentstyle living with a wide range of housing options, such as residential living, assisted living and skilled nursing. No matter the living situation you choose, theres a wealth of activities available to keep residents fit and active. Linda Morris, activity coordinator, said residents are surveyed to ensure the activities offered are what they want. Those include shopping and museum outings, picnics, games, movies, many church services to choose from, crafts and bowling, to name a few. We keep everybody busy! Morris said, ticking off a list of creative outlets residents enjoy. Guests bring activities to Auburn Ravine as well, including plant therapy and therapy dogs. Residents also participate in volunteer groups and regular exercise classes, and listen to guest musicians six to eight times each month.
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ness activities and creative outlets to fill any calendar. The facility offers an exercise program and physical therapist who visits twice a week. In addition to regular exercise, residents enjoy knitting, sewing and attending programs at the Dewitt Senior Center. The Life Enrichment Program was designed to offer retirement activities and programs that reflect the talents, interests and personalities of the residents in each of our senior communities, while offering new experiences that will challenge and keep them mentally healthy, according to the Emeritus website. The program is designed to incorporate all the chief components of brain health, including nutritional, social, spiritual, physical and intellectual. Residents participate in art classes, cooking, guest speakers and excursions to cultural events. Each residents detailed life story is used to understand

unique hobbies, interests and talents that can be incorporated into daily activities.
THE OAKS OF AUBURN Where: 3250 Blue Oaks Drive, Auburn Info: (530) 888-1144; www.holidaytouch.com

At The Oaks of Auburn, seniors activity options run the gamut from exercise and sporting events to ceramics, pinnocle and outings to community events. In addition to physical activity, residents also partake in social events such as candlelight birthday celebrations, ice cream socials and visits from various musicians. Through the innovative Seniors Serving Seniors program, residents volunteer in roles such as ambassadors for new residents, game and activity hosts, guest services and in the on-site country store for basic residential needs and gifts and goodies.

Seniors are encouraged to remain active so that they can live happy, fulfilling, healthy lives, not just physically, but emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, creatively, socially and vocationally, said Enrichment Coordinator Maly Moua. Every month is chock-full of events, including a St. Patricks Day celebration in March, indoor and outdoor gardening and a special outing mystery trip.
OAKWOOD VILLAGE ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE Where: 3388 Bell Road, Auburn Info: (530) 889-8122; www.oakwoodseniorliving.com

Oakwood Village provides services to seniors age 60 and up who need assistance with medication or activities of daily living, or who simply cant keep up their own home any longer. Oakwood provides specialized COURTESY memory care, so someone who Elaine Whitmore, 93, enjoys putting her green thumb to use CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 in the community garden at Oakwood Village in Auburn.

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is in the early stages of memory loss will not have to move again to get the specialized care they need. Our goal is to keep our residents as independent as possible, said Lori Berkeley, executive director. We offer exercise classes, including standing balance class, strengthening and stretching. We have a fabulous garden with raised beds to allow our residents to participate in gardening activities. Other activities include Wii games (including tournaments to spark friendly competition), a walking path and social and happy hours.

restaurants, bars, caf and 70plus groups and clubs. There are also two public golf courses on site. Hiking and biking trails go through more than 2,992 acres of rolling hills, wetlands, creeks and open space.

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Residents of Springfield at Whitney Oaks, an active-adult Rocklin community, let loose and dance to rock n roll music at the clubhouse. You come here with no partner and you just dance to the music and everyones just loving it, shared Springfield resident Dolores Reilly.
Approximately 11,000 residents are in 6,703 single-family homes and 80 condominiums. Amenities include three facilities totaling 110,000 square feet for residents. The community includes two state-of-the-art fitness centers, four pools, spas, indoor walking track, billiards, crafts, computers, sewing, concert amphitheater, ballroom, wellness spa,

Sun City Lincoln Hills is a 55plus retirement community just minutes from downtown Lincoln.

Ruby Morgan is so involved with her Rocklin retirement community at Casa de Santa Fe, staff members asked her to be the official greeter for new residents. Morgan has lived in an independent apartment at Casa de Santa Fe for three years. One of her favorite parts of the day is attending the sit-down exercise class. Its very invigorating, because as seniors sometimes our knees arent working as good as our legs, so we can sit

down and exercise, she said. Its a very nice program. We move all of our limbs even though were not standing up. We move to music most of the time. Its really beneficial. Other activities at Casa de Santa Fe include birthday teas, spiritual programs and aerobic exercise, such as water aerobics, and a walking for fitness program. Activities Director Venise Taaffe said active retirees teach everyone a lot about the benefits of exercise. Exercise has been shown to improve mental acuity, ward off depression and boost quality of life for senior citizens, she said. Regular physical activity improves balance by strengthening the muscles and connective tissue that stabilize the joints. Being able to lift objects, open doors, reach overhead and bend are all aspects of functional fitness that can be improved and maintained through exercise.

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SPRINGFIELD AT WHITNEY OAKS Where: 2801 Springfield Drive, Rocklin Info: (916) 630-4330; www.springfieldat whitneyoaks.org

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Springfield at Whitney Oaks is a national gold award-winning senior gated community built by Pulte Homes. Clubhouse features at the community center include a gym, aerobics, two swimming pools, spa, tennis courts, business center, kiln, cards, billiards and library. Springfield is for active 55-year-olds-plus and has more than 32 clubs. According to Activities Director Ashley St. Clair Lewis, Springfield neighbors can join in a variety of activities, from hula classes to Zumba dance to the Ukulele Lounge Lizards. The Lounge Lizards are getting huge now, St. Clair Lewis said. They get together in the lounge at 10 a.m. on Thursdays, drink coffee, play ukulele and sing.

This multi-generational Del Webb master planned community is Northern Californias first active adult community to provide lifestyle amenities revolving around working active adults. Some of the activities include Pilates, a fitness center, yoga, hiking trails and parks.
EMERITUS AT ROSEVILLE GARDENS Where: 1 Somer Ridge Drive, Roseville Info: (916) 773-5955

Emeritus at Roseville Gardens offers programs and services for Alzheimers and memory care, short stay/respite care and onsite rehabilitation. Specially designed memory care neighborhoods provide a personalized, familiar and secure setting tailored to each residents requirements.

Sierra Regency prides itself on offering a serene and resortlike ambiance for senior residents. But this gated retirement community doesnt just promote calmness. It also encourages residents to be active. Sierra Regency partners with the Arthritis Foundation to provide weekly aqua classes under the supervision of certified instructors. Residents also enjoy a library, computer technology center and movie theater onsite. Once a month, residents take advantage of trips to operas, symphonies, plays and Thunder Valley Casino.
SOMERFORD PLACE ROSEVILLE Where: 110 Sterling Court, Roseville Info: (916) 772-6500; www.som erfordplaceroseville.com

Somerford Place of Roseville has focused on individuals with Alzheimers disease and memory impairment. Residents live in cottage-style neighborhoods with landscaped inner courtyards and gardens. Active days and healthy meals are other highlights of Somerford Place Roseville.
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The Terraces of Roseville has taken great care in designing an environment that encourages a relaxed and supportive space for residents. The facility offers regularly scheduled activities for residents that promote healthy living and well-being, said representative Lauri Maughan. We have daily morning exercise classes, terrace walks and we offer Tai Chi once a week along with ping-pong, billiards and Wii sports, Maughan said. We have a full activity calendar filled with in-house games and events from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Korea veteran uses war experience to help others


Sheila Lopez, licensed clinical social worker, relates Rev. Dr. Ron Westermans experience with not only serving in the Korean War, but also the many things he has accomplished since returning stateside. Lopez offers free counseling to returning Iraq/Afghanistan vets through the Give an Hour program. To see how you can help, visit www.giveanhour.org. When they gave me a Browning automatic rifle and told me I would be on the front lines, I thought I was a dead man. Auburns Rev. Dr. Ron Westerman, 81, enlisted in the Marines in January 1951, knowing he would be heading to the Korean War. As it turned out, instead of a

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rifle, Westerman was handed body bags. Instead of being on the front lines, I was placed in Graves Registration, First Marine Division. I really didnt realize the war had affected me until I was in my 50s, he remembered. There was an incident when I heard a marching band and a vision of loading bodies suddenly came back to my mind and I found myself crying. After his stint in the Korean

War, Westerman was commissioned as a second lieutenant and attended platoon leader infantry training. After completion, he began naval flight training at Pensacola, Fla. At one point as a young pilot, Westerman volunteered to help test the effects on planes and pilots while flying near an atomic bomb explosion. Westerman left the Marines with the rank of captain. Later, he became a chaplain in the National Guard.

As a chaplain in the National Guard I officiated at funerals of Vietnam vets, he said. Thats where I learned how hard it is to say those words, a grateful nation (thanks you), when youre handing a mother or wife a folded flag. Westerman is pastor emeritus of First Congregational Church in Auburn. He also spent several years in private practice as a marriage, family and child counselor in Auburn. Now semi-retired, he works as a

court mediator for child custody cases. When asked about any thoughts he might want to share with the warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, Westerman reflected: After I returned from the service, I didnt measure up in my own eyes and I didnt know why. I just knew I felt guilty and unhappy being out of the service; trapped in family responsibilities and mundane work. I looked for an answer and finally realized I didnt have to check my brain with my hat to believe in God. I left the business world, attended a seminary in Berkeley and became a pastor. I found a passion that gave meaning to my life. Maybe thats the answer.

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At many businesses, it pays to be a senior


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At many businesses, being a senior pays off in terms of discounts for goods and services. Seniors deserve discounts after all, theyve been here longer, said Linda Robinson, owner of Sun River Clothing Co. in Old Town Auburn. I offer a 20-percent-off Senior Day here in the store every Tuesday, and am happy to give it Im getting longer in the tooth, so to speak, but still spunky and always appreciate a discount! In addition to Senior Days, Robinson offers a Bee Back card with 10 squares on it. For every $20 purchase (less sales

tax), one square is filled. When all 10 are filled, $20 comes off the next purchase. Even though the discounts may not be used together, the savings really add up for customers. I try and stay ahead of the curve and be creative in my business, and realize the value in offering discounts, Robinson said. It shows our customers that we are sensitive to the tough economy, and that we care about them. Another big savings for seniors comes in the important field of fitness. Its the norm at gyms to offer senior discounts a big help for seniors on tight budgets who would like tight abs, as well. We feel it is important that the older community stays fit to

prolong their health, said Brian Schwalbe, owner of Auburns Anytime Fitness. The club offers a 10 percent discount on monthly dues for members 62 and older, and those 80 and over pay a flat $25 per month. Another program Anytime honors is Silver & Fit, available through many health insurance companies that helps people over 55 pay for their gym memberships. Schwalbe said that of the 1,000 Anytime members at his gym, 30 percent are over age 62. From people joining at the recommendation of a doctor to a 92-year-old who comes in daily for a stationary bike ride or treadmill walk, seniors are using physical fitness to keep themselves healthy. Personal trainer

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Kathy Kaplan has an extensive background in working with seniors when shes not training at Anytime, she can be found at the Placer School for Adults, where she teaches physical education from light stretching to dance and aerobics. Its just a way to give to the senior population, and to keep them healthy, Schwalbe said. Let them get in here and get a workout in thats why we started the discount. Art Chappell, owner of Auburns Courthouse Athletic Club since 1981, also offers discounted memberships to encourage the senior community to get fit and stay fit. Seniors 60 and up pay $49 per month instead of the standard $54, and that includes a full club membership, from stateof-the-art workout equipment and swimming pool to an array of senior classes. First, we understand the benefits of exercise for the aging population, Chappell said.

Secondly, we know that 50 percent of lifetime health care costs are incurred by our senior population, and more than 33 percent are incurred after age 85. We believe that if we keep our seniors fit they will not only enjoy a better quality of life, theyll have more money to enjoy their life with! At Auburn Racquet and Fitness Club, senior members receive 25 percent off the initiation fee and access to the clubs array of fitness options. Owner Jack Drimmer said a large percentage of the clubs membership is over 65, and theyre enjoying activities such as kickboxing, pilates, tennis, lowimpact aerobics, aquatics and group exercise, in addition to showing the younger crowd how its done on the traditional gym equipment. Its so important as you get older to keep moving, Drimmer said. Flexibility, exercise all those things add to quality of life and to longevity.

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Its time to let your inner child take over


Hobbies can be fun, social, educational
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Ziggy Brien plays pool at the Orchard Creek Lodge. There is open play and tournament play.

Hobbies during retirement can range from antiquing to Zumba, and the trick to finding a good hobby often means returning to your youth for ideas. The first thing you do is within retirement, you ask yourself, What did I always say I would do if I had more time? said Jeannine Balcombe, senior director of lifestyle and communications for Sun City Lincoln Hills. Think about an activity you loved doing when

you were younger but didnt have money or time or the resources. Balcombe also said to look at electives participated in during high school, such as drama, sports and singing. How you find it (a hobby) is through exploring, Balcombe said. The whole idea of when we were young and children, our parents provided us the opportunities to explore the world outside of us. In retirement, its a continuation of that phase of life. Hobbies can include sports, cars, social activities and genealogy. Some social hobbies

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Stay active with club, service group membership


This area is known for its many clubs and service organizations. There are hundreds to choose from; here are snapshots of just a few.
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Rocklin
ACTIVE ADULT What: City of Rocklin program for adults over 50. Activities include: Card games Duplicate bridge games are played from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays and from noon to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Bridge games are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Pinochle lovers gather from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Videos Seniors can gather to watch movies from 1-3 p.m. Refreshments are provided by Eskaton. Admission is $1. Other offerings for older adults include fee-based classes, such as Stretch, Aerobic Dance, Country Line Dane, CPR and AARP Driver Safety. Offerings planned this summer include classes in Yoga and Zumba Fitness. Where: 5484 Fifth St., Rocklin Info: (916) 625-5000

Auburn
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN What: Philanthropic organization that supports womens education, advocacy for women in the law and gender equality. Meets: 5:15 p.m. first Wednesdays in the Lyons Realty conference room, 1919 Grass Valley Highway No. 100, Auburn. Info: www.auburnaauw.org AMERICAN LEGION RICHARD W. TOWNSEND POST 84 What: Veterans organization that sponsors youth baseball, veteran family assistance, scholarships, school awards, Veterans Day and Memorial Day parades, Boys State and Oratorical Contest. Meets: Second Wednesday of each month, social hour at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. Nohost bar, cake and ice cream during social hour. Business meeting fourth Wednesdays. Info: Court Bradbury, (530) 8898574, cdbradbury@sbcglobal.net, www.calegionpost84.org. ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF GREATER PLACER What: Community service group providing students with clothing and school supplies, educational puppet shows, visits with seniors, assault survivor kits and more. Meets: Second Mondays, September to June. Info: (530) 885-1982, www.greaterplacer.assistance league.org. AUBURN 49ER LIONS CLUB What: Members raise funds to benefit local causes and participate in a variety of service projects that enhance life in our community. Meets: 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Mary Belles Restaurant, 1590 Lincoln Way, Auburn.

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Peggy Hauser, left, and Bobbie Baker share a laugh during a Maidu Walkers Moon Walk.
Info: nknormkendall@gmail.com. AUBURN AVIATION ASSOCIATION What: Pilots and aviation supporters between 55 and 95. Meets: Potluck dinner at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Info: Robert Ferber, (530) 8851706, rrferber@sbcglobal.net. AUBURN HOST LIONS CLUB Members raise funds to benefit local causes and participate in a variety of service projects that enhance life in our community. Meets: Noon Wednesdays at the Tahoe Club, 902 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Info: www.auburnhostlions.org. SONS IN RETIREMENT What: Meets once a month for social hour, lunch, short program and guest speaker. Activity groups for travel, golf, poker, radio-controlled model airplanes and computers. Meets: 11 a.m. first Thursdays at Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St., Auburn. Info: Henry Tukloff, oldtuk36@yahoo.com, (530) 886-8441; Roland Gaubert, rogobear@gmail.com, (916) 663-4620. 5835; Colfax (530) 889-9500 extension 210; Lincoln (916) 316-1422; Rocklin (916) 6221295; Maidu, Roseville (916) 780-3389; Manzanita, Roseville (916) 773-8117; Sutter Terrance (530) 368-9146 or Woodcreek Terrace (530) 305-0274; visit www.seniorsfirst.org for volunteering opportunities.

Roseville
MAIDU SENIOR CENTER What: Variety of classes, activities and special events Where: Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville Info: Maidu Senior Desk, (916) 774-5960 or www.rose ville.ca.us/parks/adults_n_seniors /senior_center.asp MAIDU WALKERS What: Social and walking group; group holds Moon Walks on full moon nights When: Meets for 8 a.m. daily walks in the summer, 9 a.m. in the fall. Where: Rose garden at Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville Info: Maidu Senior Desk, (916) 774-5960
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Lincoln
THE GOLDEN CLUB Meets: First Wednesday of every month at Lincoln Veterans Hall, 541 Fifth St., Lincoln. Meetings start at noon and are followed with a potluck luncheon and bingo. Info: Mary Weir, (916) 645-2818 THE WOMANS CLUB OF LINCOLN Info: (916) 645-3665 SENIORS FIRST CAF & HOME-DELIVERED MEALS What: Program partially funded by Area 4 Agency on Aging. Senior First Cafes are found throughout Placer County. Info: Main office, Auburn, (530) 889-9500, extension 210; or individual sites: Dewitt, Auburn (530) 889-9500, extension 223; Valley Oaks, Auburn (530) 885-

Loomis
L.I.F.E. CENTER FOR SENIORS What: All-volunteer organization founded 34 years ago by Soroptimist International of Loomis and Placer School for Adults. Day opens with a continental breakfast. Activities include Tai Chi class at 10 a.m., followed by Senior Stretch at 11 a.m., card games and a fine art painting class. Lunch is served at noon. Bus trip each year. Cost to participate is $3. Transportation available. Meets: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Fellowship Hall of Loomis Methodist Church, 6414 Brace Road, Loomis

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Full plate for Del Webb seniors


Sun City Del Webb communities in Lincoln and Roseville offer residents a wide array of groups and clubs to stay active. To learn more, call the senior director of lifestyles and communications, Jeaninne Balcombe, at (916) 625-4020 in Lincoln and Sharon Mowary at (916) 774-3877 in Roseville. Clubs include:
Amateur Radio Group Antiques Group Art Association Astronomy Group Aviation Group Ballroom Dancing Billiards Group Bird Watching Group Book Group Bowling Group Bridge Bunco Ceramics Group Clogging Computer Groups Country Couples Dance Cribbage Group Cyclist Group Fishing Group Garden Group Gem & Mineral Society Genealogy Group Golf Hiking/Walking International Folk Dance Investors Study Group Line Dance Group Low Speed Vehicle Group/NEV Motorcycle RoadRunners Music Group Needle Arts Group

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Mike Daley puts finishing touches on a vase at the advanced ceramics class at Sun City Lincoln Hills Orchard Creek Lodge.
Neighborhood Watch Paper Art Painters Photographers Group Pickle Ball Pinochle Poker Group Rummikub Group RV Travelers School Volunteer Group S.C.O.O.P. (Dog Group) Scrabble Group Second Cup of Coffee Shanghai Group Singles Group Skiers Group Softball Group Sports Car Group Square Dancing Club Super Seniors Table Tennis Tennis Vaudeville Group Veterans Group Water Volleyball West Coast Swing Woodcarvers Group Writers Group

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DANCE: Line dancing, clogging popular choices


continued from 6 clogging and country couples. Sun City Roseville offers four levels of line dance. Line dance is our most popular class, said Dance Club President Barbara Rothkin. Our beginner line dance class is the biggest class of all of our classes. Dance classes at Sun City only are open to residents, who must pay a fee starting at $3 per class. Theres a different instructor for each type of dance. Sowers started the clogging club at Sun City Lincoln in 2004. A one-time resident of West Virginia, she said clogging began in Appalachia and has roots in Irish dance. Clogging incorporated traits from different dancing traditions as immigrants to America intermingled in the mining industry. For the most part, everyday clogging is very laid back, she added. Cloggers dress comfortably in jeans and T-shirts. They perform dance moves in response to a cuer, who calls them out. Dancers with joint or other limitations may do simpler steps. Like cloggers, square dancers typically dance to country music, but may dance to other types of music. They perform moves as a caller announces them. There can be 100 calls or more in an advanced square dance, said Bob Grupp, vice president of the Sun City Squares in Lincoln. Its kind of the same reason people play bridge, Grupp said. It requires you to think. Dancers should commit to several weeks of lessons to gain a level of proficiency, he said. Most beginner or A1 classes start in September, such as those taught by the Whirl-AWays, a group that square dances at the Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall. Not a resident of Sun City? Several venues offer lessons and a night of dancing for less than $10. Fontaine Dance

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continued from 9 ments and fibromyalgia benefit from the heated, indoor saltwater pool at Roseville Health and Wellness Center, which offers strength, conditioning and balance/coordination programs. Aievoli also participates in the aqua program twice a week. We have a lot of aqua classes specifically for people with arthritis, said Holly Hills, membership coordinator and life coach. Its easier for them to move in the pool. Theres no impact. The center just started chair yoga classes for older members who are not able to get up from or down on a mat, but who wanted the same benefits of stretching. Like regular yoga, the class offers yoga breathing and exercises to increase range of motion, Hills said. Participants say it helps them relax and sleep better. The age range of people who take classes is between 35 and 85. Training is specific to the needs of each individual, many of whom are referred by their doctors. Were very health-oriented and make sure people are reaching very realistic goals, Hills said. 24-Hour Fitness offers Silver Sneakers Strength classes, which include a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of motion and skills that are required for daily living. Although anyone can participate in the Silver Sneakers classes at 24-Hour Fitness, some health plans offer the class as a benefit. Seniors should check with their health plan or the Silver Sneakers website (www.sil versneakers.com) to determine their eligibility. The fitness center offers other workout programs, including cardio and yoga geared to older adults, said 24-Hour Fitness spokesperson Vineepha Pathrose. Trainers also will develop exercise programs geared to an individuals specific abilities. Curves in Roseville offers 30minute workouts for any age group and older adults will especially benefit. The circuit training works every muscle, provides stretching and cardio exercises and strength training. Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease up to 50 percent, said Wayne Epardson, Curves Roseville owner. Exercise also doubles muscle strength and reduces the risk of diabetes by as much as 75 percent in those 60 years and older, he said. Epardson recommends that older adults join a gym where they can do strength training. Walking alone or swimming do very little to change weight or strengthen bones, he said. Strength-training exercises keep bones strong and metabolism up. People start to gain weight as soon as they stop exercising, he said. Older adults can join Curves as individual members or through the Silver Sneakers benefit offered by some health plans. California Family Fitness has classes for older members and people with health issues. They include gentle yoga, water aerobics, body-fat challenge and gravity classes. The latter involves a cable system using the participants body weight in the moves, said Chuck Lewis, fitness manager. Gravity is great for people with injuries or older people with joint problems. California Family Fitness trainers also will work with older members on an individual basis. Whether older adults choose yoga, chair exercises, circuit training or aqua aerobics, theyll feel better if they move their joints and stretch their muscles. And thats usually what the doctor orders.

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Get your feet moving at these local dance halls and classes. AUBURN Where: DeWitt Senior Center Building, 313A, 11576 D Ave. Info: www.letsdanceballroom.org/dewitt.htm; (916) 390-1084 Tuesday dance class and party, ballroomswingLatinnightclub. $6 per person. Lesson from 6-7:30 p.m., dance until 9 p.m. DJ. Tea dance second Sunday of the month at 11577 E Ave. $7 per person. Lesson at 2:30 p.m., dance from 3-5:30 p.m. Live music. ROCKLIN Where: Finnish Temperance Hall, 4090 Rocklin Road Info: www.wild-horses.us; (916) 625-5200 First or second Friday of the month (call for schedule), country western line dancing. $6 per person. 7:30-10 p.m. DJ. ROSEVILLE Where: Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall, 110 Park Drive Info: www.fontainedance.com; (916) 773-2535 Sunday night dances (check the website for schedule), ballroomLatinswingnightclubcountry. $6 per person. Lesson 77:30 p.m., dancing 7:30-10 p.m.

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