Julie Spencer is the executive director and Adrian Hayne is the development/marketing consultant for Rianda House Senior Activity Center, 1475 Main St. in downtown St. Helena. Info, riandahouse.org; 707-963-8555.

The destruction and the long recovery confronting so many of our neighbors have left many of us despondent and unsure of the path forward. While growing older can have some challenges, one benefit is the ability to see tragedies through the lens of time, as we were recently reminded by an ol…

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. One third of older adults older than age 65 fall each year and the risk of fall injury increases dramatically with age. Too often, seniors suffer serious injuries or become so fearful of falling again that they …

During the month of June, the St. Helena City County issued its first proclamation declaring June “Pride Month” and voted to raise the Rainbow flag. And, in Calistoga, the Rainbow flag flew on the flagpole outside the Calistoga Police Station in celebration of Pride month. Across the country…

Like surprises? Retirement – for better and worse – will change your life more than you anticipate. From the luxury of more free time and nest eggs that aren’t quite big enough, to finding purpose and meaning outside of work, retirement presents one of the biggest transitions in our lives, a…

Rianda House Senior Activity Center is pleased to offer another in a series of articles from one of our collaborating agencies to introduce you to vital support services in the upper Napa Valley. We are grateful to this month’s guest writer, Casey Rockwood, the Aging and Disability Program M…

Once again, the temperature is hitting the triple-digits this summer and we may be a tad humorless about it. Have you retreated to a dark corner of the house with the A/C at full blast? Running that fan 24/7? You’re not alone …

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The month of May is National Older Americans Month. Not just another obscure theme month to fabricate reasons to party, but a legitimate monthlong celebration with significance for almost all Americans. If you know an older American or plan to be one someday, you have many reasons to get involved!

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In December, the National Parkinson’s Foundation awarded a grant to Rianda House Senior Activity Center to support a new exercise program throughout 2016, PWR!Moves — specifically targeted to Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremors symptoms. The program is offered weekly at 1:15 p.m., Wedn…

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By way of prologue: At Rianda House Senior Activity Center, we never cease to be amazed at the talent, energy and generosity of our community. A couple of months ago, we wrote about uncommon women here, fully intending to give the extraordinary men of Rianda House equal time. So here goes!

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Families gather during the holidays to savor traditions, share once-a-year food favorites, and enjoy the chance to cocoon with relatives and friends. Often the sibling dynamic with all its rivalries, intense loyalties, and idiosyncratic humor remains intact no matter how many years have elapsed.

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If you ask older adults about where they envision spending their later years, the answer is almost always that they seek to stay safely in their homes for as long as possible, living independently, contributing to their community and appreciating life to the utmost. Rianda House programs rei…

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We’ve heard it all a million times: “reduce stress”, “eat less”, “exercise more”, “yada, yada, yada …” The mantras escalate to create their own symphony of anxiety around embracing healthy changes — but here’s the good news! Midsummer’s slower pace affords us the opportunity to reflect on wh…

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The cover of the April 5 issue of Parade magazine featured a photo of nine robust seniors under the title “Cheater’s Guide to Living to 100” — a clear message that longevity in life is a reasonable goal when practicing certain wellness “boosters.” The feature story profiled journalist Dan Bu…

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The excitement always heightens in September with the annual rumblings of the grape harvest delivery trucks, eager students biking to school, pint-sized aspiring Beckhams blasting soccer balls at goal nets, stalwart football stars competing under “Friday Night Lights” … you get the picture!

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