Senior Idol 2014: A Smashing Success!

August 20, 2014 - Serving Seniors

On Friday, August 15th, the house was packed for our annual “Senior Idol” competition at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. This year we had 14 contestants who performed musical numbers, stand-up comedy acts and poetry reading. Prior to the competition, many seniors took part in weekly voice lessons offered at the Wellness Center — they meant serious business!

To get the party started, a live band played familiar tunes as guests danced and sang along. Queen Johnson, a member of Serving Seniors’ Civic Engagement Committee, emceed the event and filled the audience in on fun little tidbits about each contestant before they showed off their talents.

This year’s “Senior Idol” was judged by Sydney Johnson, Lee Wilczek, Joann Bozak, Magaly Marion and cash prizes were awarded to the top four contestants. The line-up was chock full of talent and we’re already excited to see what next year’s competition will bring!

Enjoy this slide show of Senior Idol 2014!

Delivering More Than Meals to Seniors in Need

August 14, 2014 - Serving Seniors

In addition to the meals we serve at various sites around San Diego, we also deliver 500 meals each day to homebound seniors who live at or below poverty levels and cannot access nutritious food services because they have a chronic illness or condition making it hard to leave their home for food. Often they live in single room occupancy hotels (SRO’s) in Downtown San Diego – not what they envisioned their life would be like in their golden years. 013

Rosemary, one of our Home Delivered Meals (HDM) clients, lived a lavish life in Silicon Valley years ago and never expected she’d one day live in a tiny studio unable to afford adequate food.  She now struggles to leave her apartment due to health issues and relies heavily on these meals.  Rosemary only spends about 1-3 hours each week outside of her apartment, and Joyce, her HDM driver, is one of the few people she interacts with.  “These meals mean everything to me and the human contact is necessary.  I love seeing Joyce and look forward to it,” says Rosemary. 

While other organizations use volunteers to deliver meals, Serving Seniors does not. Having the same delivery driver allows Serving Seniors’ social workers to be notified immediately if there is any change in the seniors’ physical or mental condition.   Many of our HDM clients don’t have anyone checking in on them regularly except their HDM driver.

Seniors like Rosemary not only benefit from the healthy, balanced meals delivered to their doors but also from seeing the same smiling face with each delivery.  The meals, along with the human contact, provide much needed sustenance to over 500 homebound seniors in San Diego every single day.

To learn more, visit our Meals page at

Words of Wisdom

August 6, 2014 - Serving Seniors

Albert Einstein said “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”   If anyone has learned from the past and is living for today, it is our seniors.  They have years of experience and life lessons to share, so we asked a group of folks at the West Senior Wellness Center:

“What piece of advice would you give to your 20 year old self?”  

We were met with some very practical advice and thought we’d better take note.  Here are some words of wisdom worth sharing and remembering.

“Always be prepared for the future because life is so very precious and so very short.”  -Josy, Age 65

“Don’t keep making the same mistakes.  Make different ones.  Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.”  -William, Age 77

“Don’t be so hard on yourself.  Life is going to show up and if you can admit you are only human and do the best you can, you will avoid a lot of unnecessary grief, remorse and pain.” -Tony, Age 67

“Be willing to take the road less traveled.  Worry less about appearance and focus on substance.  Always trust your gut.”  -Daisy, Age 74

“Get a great education.  Learn to live alone for at least two years.  Get to know someone before you get involved with them.”  -Yoko, Age 63

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Your turn!  What piece of advice would you give to your 20 year old self?

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