Seniors learn new health tips and resources

Silver and Sassy health fair targets seniors at SJ Community Center

Photo by Dennis Fletcher
Visitors at the fair.

■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed

Fifteen health service providers and vendors were at the San Jacinto Community Center Thursday, May 17, to show the latest in health services designed to improve quality of life for seniors in the San Jacinto Valley.
Olga Valenzuela, volunteer at the Silver and Sassy Resource Education Health Fair for seniors, said the event was very informative on health matters for seniors and she saw many people asking for help with their cell phones. She reported that a variety of insurance plan providers were there to describe their offerings.
Over a hundred visitors met and exchanged their experiences with health providers and collected valuable information. Representatives were present from a variety of public and private organizations to provide information on Medicare services, County Sheriff volunteers, good health practices, along with books and seminars on health, cooking and anything else that can improve the quality of the health of our senior population.
CERT volunteers, including the author, were present to describe the CERT community preparedness program and demonstrate rescue tools, and to encourage seniors to enroll in the three-day CERT training program provided by the Riverside County Emergency Management Department.

Photo by Mariana Rosen
Dennis Fletcher, left, and Kodi Calkin at CERT table.

Kodi Calkin of San Jacinto, who helped staff the CERT table, explained CERT training on how to behave during a disaster is of immediate benefit to the CERT volunteer and his or her family and neighbors first, even before they join a CERT team to take on a larger role in the rescue process.
Attendees were invited to bring their cell phones, iPhones, tablets, and laptops. An on-site training room provided hands-on instruction and answered questions for seniors learning how to better operate their electronic devices for staying in touch with their family and friends. Cell phones and other electronic equipment grow more complicated with the release of each new model, so attendees said the training was greatly appreciated by the many seniors at the event.
San Jacinto
Community Center
625 S. Pico Avenue
San Jacinto, CA 92583
Hours: Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Provides meals for seniors and services and information to the community.
Meals served Monday – Friday to seniors 60 and over for a suggested donation of $3.
Volunteers are always needed. To volunteer, call Kathy Knox at 951-686-1096.

Dennis Fletcher is an author and writer who lives in San Jacinto. Contact him at

Photo by Mariana Rosen
Visitors pose with the author after a briefing on disaster preparedness.

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