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Betty Rhodes  Senior Corner: All kinds of ideas for autumn

Good morning and welcome to our Corner.

Let’s review a bit of the exciting 2019-2022 Napa County Strategic Plan that we’ve been discussing. Please don’t ignore this opportunity to join in and become a part of the plan by taking this survey. The deadline has been extended to Oct. 9, at 11:59 p.m. So, please take advantage of this opportunity to have a voice in the future of Napa County. Take this survey: surveymonkey.com/r/napastrategicplan

Please note: This survey is in both Spanish and English (attention to top, right corner of survey). If you need assistance completing the online survey, please call 707-253-4800 and a member of the staff will arrange to assist in completing the survey.

For a copy of the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan Events, please go to: countyofnapa.org/2462/Strategic-Plan-Events

I believe that you will all want to be a part of ‘the action’, so please note the following Napa County Strategic Plan Community Meetings.

We touched, briefly, on the Community Meetings when we met last week, so let’s continue:

District One, Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, Chair, will speak at Harvest Middle School at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 17;

District Two, Supervisor Ryan Gregory will speak on Oct. 2 at Las Flores Community Center at 6:15 p.m.;

District Three, Supervisor Diane Dillon, will be heard on September 26 at St. Helena High School at 5:30 p.m.;

District Four, Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza will speak on October 3 at Vichy Elementary school at 5:30 p.m.

District Five, Supervisor Belia Ramos, will speak on October 1 at American Canyon Boys & Girls Club at 6:15 p.m.

Let’s all get on board and let everyone know that we love being a part of helping shape the future of our county.

Moving on to “Keeping the Laughter in our Lives.” I know you will all be as pleased as I am that Kal Edwards is back with his next Community Conversation Series of 2018.

This one has to do with laughter. I like it already. Let me share this fun sounding flyer with you.

“Come and laugh with us as we enjoy a mirth-filled evening about the importance of humor in our lives in our retirement renewal years. Discover the health benefits of laughter, and how wit and wisdom benefits aging. This fun and informational Forum will provide helpful techniques to lift our spirits.”

I love this already. It’s good to have laughter in our lives.

“Featured will be Dr. Miki Paul, Geropsychologist of In-Your-Home Counseling/Psychotherapy Services for the Emotional Well-Being of Older Adults.”

Kal Edwards shares with us, “Many of us have been through some difficult times recently, wildfires, divided politics or possible health issues. One of the challenges of being retired or thinking of retirement is to keep smiling when things grow difficult.”

To address these issues, Kal, and his Forum team, have invited Dr. Miki Paul, who specializes in gerontological psychology, that is how humor affects the mental and physical health of seniors, which can result in improved circulation, a strengthened immune system, enhanced friendships, even grinning in the face of adversity.

Dr. Paul, who has received a number of awards for distinguished contributions to psychology, is an advocate against elder abuse and has received the highest national recognition by the American Psychological Association.

In addition, Dr. Paul’s address will include: the science and benefits of laughter, the joys of acting silly, and humor from our own cultural identity.

“She promises to bring a mirth-filled evening all about laughter and how wit and wisdom benefits aging. Interestingly, Dr. Paul also delights in humor; she is a member of the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra and once wanted to be a clown.”

Mark your calendar: The Retirement Renewal Forum will be on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Gasser Community Room, at Collabria Care, 414 South Jefferson St., Napa.

The Forums are part of the Community Conversation series and are co-sponsored by Aegis Living of Napa. Admission is free of charge. Refreshments will be served.

To assure your place, reserve early by calling: 707-258-9087, ext. 272, or emailing healthedcoordinator@collabriacare.org.

Check out Kal’s wonderful website for more information on Kal and his Forum team: www.retirementrenewalforums.org.

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I’ll see you at the Forum.

Let’s swing over to Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St., and see what’s going on.

Well, this is exciting news: Senator Bill Dodd will be dropping by the Social Hall at the Napa Senior Activity Center on Friday from 9-11 a.m. on Sept. 28. He’ll be covering senior Issues facing Napa County seniors, such as healthcare, fraud protection and benefits.

Welcome, Senator Dodd. Complementary bagels, coffee and juice will be available. It will be great to see him and will be a great opportunity to ask any questions we might have concerning helpful laws that would benefit our seniors. Again, we’re very grateful for Senator Dodd’s interest in Napa County seniors.

Speaking of seniors, the Napa County Board or Supervisors will be honoring Centenarians on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Napa Senior Center. This will make the 8th Centenarian Celebration.

If you know someone who is or will be 100 years of age, or older by Dec. 31, 2018, please contact Joseph Cherry at 707-265-2337. They will be honored whether or not they can attend. This is a wonderful celebration and is always well attended.

More information from the Senior Center, USDA Food Commodity Program, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Contact CANV for more information 707-253-61100 ext. 100

One more new meeting group at Napa Senior Center: Garden and Nature. They meet at 10-11:30 a.m. in one of the small houses, #1518 downstairs on the first Wednesday of every month. Admission is free. The activity code is #11968. There will be discussions on seed planting and keeping a garden log with occasional guest speakers and field trips. Master Gardeners will participate in select topics.

Well, this has been great fun for me, and I hope you’ve found something of interest that you would like to pursue.

Keep looking for your “happiness.” You’ll know it when you see it. I’m looking for some new doors to open and a new path to travel. We only live once, and once is enough, if we keep looking for happiness and fulfilling tasks to do.

See you soon, and remember to be all that you can be, and don’t doubt your abilities.

What new paths would you like to pursue?

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