Feeling Fit at Any Age

July 31, 2014 - Serving Seniors

If you ever step into the Wellness Center before lunchtime, you will likely see a group of lively seniors exercising to upbeat music in the activities room.  This is the Feeling Fit Club led by Patty Frisby six times a week.  This gives our clients ample opportunity to stay active at no cost.   You can usually find Agnes in the front row and at 94 years old, she is one of the most energetic.  She’s been participating for the past year and never misses a class.


Agnes isn’t alone in her commitment to the club.  Patty has led the group at Serving Seniors for the past 7 years and the seniors hold her in very high esteem.  The Feeling Fit Club isn’t just a group exercise class, it is truly a community.  Patty encourages participants to hold one another accountable, and together, seniors like Agnes not only enjoy an hour of fun, social interaction, but they are also investing in their health.

The one hour class consists of cardiovascular exercises as well as strength training and stretching for a well balanced routine.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical activity can prevent or delay many diseases as well as help maintain the ability to live independently for longer.  Agnes can personally attest to the physical benefits of being active in her nineties and she credits her health and vitality to exercise and a balanced diet.  Not only is exercise physically beneficial, but it can also reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and increase feelings of well-being.  For many of our clients, this is the greatest and most vital benefit of all.


It is clear by the sea of smiling faces that the seniors look forward to their hour with Patty.  This class is a great opportunity for our seniors to get moving, socialize and even de-stress.  At the end of every class, they close with a mindfulness exercise, a deep stretch and a resounding “Namaste.”

To see a full schedule of activities at the West Wellness Center, visit our Lifelong Learning page.

Seniors Get a Lesson in Healthy Eating

July 15, 2014 - Serving Seniors



Last week, seniors at the Wellness Center participated in the first of a six part series on fitness, health and nutrition. Attendees listened to an informative lecture on the importance of healthy eating and received a bag of fresh produce on their way out. This is all part of the San Diego Food Bank’s exciting, new program known as SONDAS (Solving Obesity and Nutritional Disease Affecting Seniors). Guided by Nutrition and Wellness Educators, San Diego’s seniors receive nutritious food, nutrition education and the personal support necessary to make lasting changes in their lifestyles.

The series will cover a variety of topics relevant to our senior population, such as:

  • Eating Healthy On a Budget
  • Making Healthy Eating Part of Your Lifestyle
  • How to Navigate a Grocery Store
  • How to Incorporate Physical Activity at Home
  • Steps to Help Shake the Salt & Sugar Habit

The SONDAS Program is part of the Food Bank’s comprehensive efforts to address hunger and food insecurity throughout San Diego County. Serving Seniors’ partnership with the San Diego Food Bank will provide seniors with the tools they need to make better food choices and promote a healthy and active lifestyle.


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These FREE nutrition classes for seniors are held at the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center during lunch hours on the following dates: July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7 and August 14.

Serving Up Shrimp Ceviche

July 10, 2014 - Serving Seniors

cooking demo2The toasty temperatures lately tell us that summer has definitely arrived here in San Diego. Just in time to beat the heat, Dr. Karen Becerra led a cooking class for our seniors demonstrating how to whip up the perfect summertime dish – shrimp ceviche!  We hope you enjoy this refreshing recipe as much as we did.


2 lbs. of Tilapia fillets, finely diced
1 cup of lime juice
½ cup seeded chopped tomato
½ cucumber peeled, seeded & finely diced
½ cup of finely chopped onion
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Salt & freshly ground pepper
½ cup clam-tomato juice (recommended: Clamato), optional
1 Tbsp. bottled hot sauce (recommended: Huichol), optional
1 serrano chile, optional
Grilled tostadas, or 6 purchased tostadas (Corn tortillas)
Mayonnaise for spreading
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled & thinly sliced.
1 lime cut into wedges


Put the tilapia in a medium bowl. Pour the lime juice over the fish & mix gently to combine. Cover with plastic wrap & chill in the refrigerator until the fish is white throughout, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator & drain off the lime juice, gently squeezing the fish with your hands. Discard the lime juice. Add the tomato, cucumber, onion & cilantro. Season with salt & pepper, to taste. Add the clam-tomato juice & the hot sauce & chile, if using. Spread the tostadas generously with mayonnaise & top with the ceviche. Arrange the avocado slices on top of the ceviche & serve immediately with the lime wedges alongside.

Grilled Tostadas:

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Put the tortillas on the grill or grill pan, and
let them dry out until they are crunchy. Purchased tostadas can be substituted.

The fish is easiest to dice when it is partially frozen; this also makes for a cleaner presentation. Use a very sharp knife.










Thank you to Dr. Karen Becerra and the Gary and Mary West Foundation for hosting a fabulous cooking class for our seniors! 


Experience Matters | 4th of July Traditions

July 2, 2014 - Serving Seniors

Independence Day is just a few days away which means we can expect booming fireworks, busy beaches and barbecues galore.  The folks at our Potiker Senior Family Residence started their celebrations a few days early with a party.   Residents enjoyed music, cake, trivia and prizes for the most patriotically dressed guests.  They were kind enough to reminisce and share their past and present Independence Day traditions with us.

My favorite Fourth of July memory or tradition is…

“Watching the fireworks in Iowa and then going to A&W for ice-cream shakes afterwards with my dad.”  -Walter

“Going to the Del Mar Fair with my daughter and husband.”  -Donna

“Winning a plant at my friend Roberta’s Fourth of July party last year.  This year I’m hosting the party at Potiker.”  -Ellie

“Watching the fireworks in New York where I lived for 50 years.”  -Leroy

“Barbecuing with my mom in Compton before she passed away.  Out of all 11 kids, she only asked me to cook.  I loved preparing all the meat.”  -Charles

“Watching the parade in New York where I grew up.”  -Jean


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What is your favorite Fourth of July tradition?

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