Middletown Senior Center

21256 Washington Street
Post Office Box 1037

Middletown, California 95461

Phone: (707) 987-3113

Fax: (707) 987-3114


Director's Monthly Message



     Dee Groves is retiring from the Center’s greeter roster.  She has been at her post every Wednesday since 2011.  She has served with a big heart, a warm smile, and kind words for over seven years.  Thank you Dee. 



     There are several on-going programs offered for your pleasure.  Afternoon movies are shown each second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 p. m. in the Oak Room.  Another 6-week course in Tai Chi is scheduled to begin February 15 and run through March 22.  (Cost:  $30).  On Mondays at 10-11 a.m., Diabetes Educational classes are offered followed by blood pressure checks from 11 a.m. to noon.   


     The “Donate a Meal” coupon is once again in the Newsletter.  Check it out.  The “March for Meals” fundraiser is planned for March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The walk starts at 11:00 am.  More information is in the Newsletter.  


      An opening to sign in diners has opened up.  Now is your chance to participate in one facet of the overall duties needed to keep our Center running smoothly.   This particular coveted volunteer position takes approximately an hour and a half per week.  (Wednesdays are available.) 


     Not all information on upcoming classes or events for the month are available at press time, so remember to check our bulletin board and the tables containing handouts.   





I hope you enjoy reading this and hope it will also help you be better informed.


There are 8,000 baby boomers in the United States turning 65 every day.


In 2013, adults over 65 constituted 14% of the population in the U.S. and will account for an estimated 20% by 2050.


There are already 55,000 Americans over age 100, and by 2050 the number of centenarians will reach 600,000.  


The baby boom generation is more racially and ethnically diverse than any previous generation.  


Currently people over 65 number 483 million in the world and by 2030 the number will reach 974 million.  By the year 2025, approximately 18% of the world population will be seniors.


There are 72 men for every 100 women in the age group ‘above 65 years’ and there are 45 men per 100 women in the age group ‘above 85 years’.  


Keeping physically active can slow the aging process.  Exercise is the mantra to keep young and feel good.  A study published in 1995 that tracked 9,777 men between 20 and 82 years found that physically unfit men who became fit had death rates 44% lower than those who remained unfit.  Regular exercise prevents bone loss and incidence of fractures; it increases the muscle strength and hence the balance and co-ordination. 





“March for Meals” is a fundraising campaign to raise money for and awareness of senior hunger “So no senior goes hungry”®.


When:   Saturday, March 24, beginning at 9 a.m.           with a Craft Fair and ending at 1:00 p.m.

              Walk starts at 11:00 a.m.

              Followed by lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Where:  Our Senior Center 


You can help end senior hunger.  Ask friends, neighbors, relatives to sponsor you for the walk.  It is a leisurely paced stroll through town.  The course travels from the Center down to the second stop light, across the street, and back to the Center.  Forms are available through Lori and/or Tessie—instead of “per mile”, just a lump sum for participating.  


A Craft Fair will be set up in the Center for your browsing and shopping pleasure prior to the walk and immediately following.  


The walk (stroll) will be followed by a yummy lunch for a very reasonable fee ($6).  


Sponsored walkers are needed.   This is a fun experience and a great, painless way to support your Center.  No sponsors?  Walk with us anyway. 


Hopefully the Lamborghinis and Ferraris will return.  



OFFERING:  Diabetes Education

                                         Blood Pressure Checks


Mondays in the month of February beginning on the 5th, Registered Nurse, Anna Towlerton, will hold diabetes educational classes from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and then be available to check your blood pressure between 11:00 a.m. and noon.  


Diabetics need to know what they should be doing now, in order to best manage their condition and forestall its possible ramifications.  And diabetes educators, whose job is to make folks aware of the appropriate tools, need to keep abreast of the fast-moving pace of change.  





(Test your memory weekly)

Help is needed right before the lunch hour.   What?

The Center is short a person on Wednesdays to greet our diners and make change (10:45 to 12:15).  So what is the fun part, you ask?  


Now is the opportunity to meet all of those with whom you share a room.  It does sound intriguing, doesn’t it.  


You’ll become familiar with “Who is Bob?  Who is married to whom?  What is the name of the giggler?  Does that couple attend every Wednesday?”  And the list goes on and on.  Info at your finger tips.  Fun, fun.  






Lori Tourville, Director

with Tessie Espinosa, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper