What do chickens, May Pole dancing, art classes, ice cream socials and bus trips have in common? You don’t have to find the hidden answer at the end of this page. Just look at the pictures. They are all “Funseekers” activities. What is Funseekers? It is a vibrant active program at Senior Concerns.
Maureen Symonds, Senior Concerns Director of Programs, says the purpose is to provide activities adapted for seniors with limitations that may be physical, require special equipment, mental or emotional. Some people find participation in other senior center programs too demanding or do not provide sufficient staff assistance. Senior Concerns provides a safe environment for having fun, out of the house with other good friends to reduce isolation or TV boredom. Operating two days a week, the other benefit of the program is to provide a respite time for family members.
Most days about 22 seniors enjoy such activities as word games, trivia competition, book discussions, yoga, tai chi, karaoke, travel presentations or musical entertainment. The group also has enjoyed field trips to local plays at the Civic Arts Plaza, sneak peek of the new Four Seasons Hotel, visits to the local library, Stagecoach Museum, Ventura Museum and shopping trips. Starting two years ago, the program is funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation. Created in 1992 as an independent, private foundation, TCWF’s mission is to improve the health of people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. Senior Concerns is deeply grateful for this grant and all the support we receive from our community. Such funding allows us to continue our mission of serving special-need and frail seniors without regard for the ability to pay.
For details on the program contact Maureen Symonds,
Senior Concerns Director of Programs at (805) 497-0159