The leaves are changing color and littering the streets and sidewalks.  Bright-eyed kids—and even the dull-eyed ones—are making their way back to school.   Pumpkin time and the holidays are around the corner.  With the end of one season another begins; there are always new beginnings and another chance to find new beginnings.

It’s time to explore what’s happening in our neck of the woods.  Have you checked out the programs at your local Senior or Community Center?  Courses and social activities are available for nearly everyone:  art classes, folk dancing, mah jong, walking tours and nature walks, yoga and meditation groups, language classes, exercise groups and on and on.   There’s an activity just waiting for you.

Ask your Senior Helper caregiver what activity might be just right for you or if you need more information and direction, call our office (510 524 6700).  Our staff is there to help and guide you.

For those of us who need to tickle our “little grey cells” we are fortunate to live in an area with its first class universities, community colleges and other institutions offering courses to keep us abreast to what’s happening in the world around us.  It’s also an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and expand our social lives.

Perhaps the most satisfying activity of all is volunteering to use our life experience to help others.  Opportunities abound.  Ask your local health facility how you can sign up as a volunteer in a gift shop or as a patient companion.  Schools, churches, synagogues, museums and other facilities all need volunteers to do mundane and important things to help others. 

The new season is a time to commit yourself to life-affirming activities which keep you active mentally, physically and socially.

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