Beautiful Alondra Park, which received a $16.5-million upgrade over the summer, was the site of a recent Wellness Resource Fair for seniors from around the Second District. More than 200 residents turned out last month to participate in workshops on topics such as how to prevent falls and how to navigate Medicare, to enjoy Zumba and line dancing demonstrations, and to browse through exhibits from 30 County departments and agencies.
The event, which was co-sponsored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Empowerment Congress Senior Services Committee, also provided seniors with free health screenings and lunch. Members from the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed World War II African-American pilot squad, also attended the morning session and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
“Seniors are the backbone of our communities, providing wisdom, experience and information that can be found nowhere else,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “That’s why it’s my goal, and the goal of the Empowerment Congress Senior Services Committee, to provide them with the resources they need not just to participate in the political process and understand how government services can improve their lives, but to stay healthy and happy and fit.”
The Empowerment Congress Senior Services Committee brings together senior service providers, Second District and County staff and, most importantly, our communities’ seniors to discuss ways to effectively influence the policy and decision – making process with regard to senior issues. The resource fair titled “Seniors Staying in Groove” was coordinated by the committee, which planned the event to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Empowerment Congress. Members of the committee include directors of senior centers under the Department of Community & Senior Services, a representative from the Commission on Aging, community stakeholders and members from the private sector.