Top 10 Scary Movies for Halloween

October 30, 2014 - Serving Seniors

Our seniors will be celebrating Halloween with costumes and tasty treats tomorrow but some of us would rather stay home and curl up with a bowl of popcorn and a scary movie.  With help from the folks at Potiker Family Senior Residence we compiled a list of the best scary movies to watch this Halloween. We warn you, these films are not for the faint of heart!

top 10 scary movies


    1. Watchers (1988)  –Richard R.
    2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)  – Darrell G.
    3. Child’s Play – Chucky (1988)  – Leroy P.
    4. Psycho (1960) – Lori B.
    5. Halloween (1978) –Charles M.
    6. The Thing (1982) – Howard J.
    7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – Bruce A.
    8. Frankenstein (1931) – Florence C.
    9. What Lies Beneath (2000) – Kate B.
    10. Cujo (1983)Felix L.

What scary movie would you add to this list?


5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

October 24, 2014 - Serving Seniors

One of the most common reasons for not eating healthier is that it is too expensive. While a cheeseburger from a fast food drive-thru is certainly cheaper than a lean cut of organic beef, it is not exactly the healthiest choice. There are plenty of ways to shop in a more cost effective way and eat healthy on a budget.  Take these tips with you to the store and start saving.

1.) Shop Around. You may have to go to more than one store to get everything you need at the best price. In addition to traditional grocery stores, ethnic markets, dollar stores, retail supercenters and farmers markets offer great deals on a variety of foods. Shopping around requires a bit more effort but the savings usually make it worth it.

2.) Compare unit prices. Don’t assume the item with the lowest price tag is actually the most affordable. Compare unit prices to see how much you’re actually getting for your money. You may be surprised!

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3.) Buy “in season” or frozen produce. Not only is “in season” produce far tastier but it is usually less expensive. Canned or frozen fruits and veggies are helpful if you tend to let produce spoil. Be sure to choose fruit canned in 100% fruit juice and vegetables with “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label.

4.) Prep meals ahead of time. It’s easy to turn to convenience foods if you’re on the go but it will cost you. Instead, make a large batch of your favorite meal once a week and freeze or refrigerate in individual containers. You will be set for the entire week with just a few hours of meal prepping.

5.) Buy from the bulk aisle. Many stores offer a bulk section where you can scoop and bag as much as you need at a far more affordable cost. This section is a great place to find items like quinoa, oats, nuts and granola for less than the pre-boxed or bagged versions.


It’s tough enough for the average person to eat healthy on a budget — imagine being a senior with little to no income at all. Hunger is a serious issue facing many of the seniors we serve and a warm meal is the number one reason seniors seek our assistance. We recently launched the Fill A Plate campaign to end senior hunger in San Diego. For only $2.50 you can feed a senior a nutritious, balanced meal. We hope to fill 100,000 plates this holiday season and over the next year with your help. Spread the word, fill a plate and feed a hungry senior today.

Visit our Fill A Plate page to learn more.

Staff Spotlight on Anna Owen

October 9, 2014 - Serving Seniors

Anna Owen has a very critical role at Serving Seniors; she delivers meals to home bound seniors who otherwise would likely not eat. The clients on her route are amongst the poorest, most nutritionally at-risk population in San Diego and most are extremely isolated. Anna is often the only human contact these seniors will have all day and they look forward to seeing her face and chatting with her.

Anna has been a Home Delivered Meals (HDM) Driver for less than a year and is already very passionate about the work she does. She believes laughter is the best medicine and she indulges freely with the folks on her route. We had the chance to interview Anna about what this work means to her and her perspective is eye opening and heartwarming.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?ANNA AND LEROY
“I work with a diverse and dedicated group of people all playing pivotal roles in bettering the lives of thousands of senior human beings, whether it be nourishment, housing, enrichment or social services. I have moments when the impact leaves me brimming with joy and moments which leave me welling with tears. To brand it rewarding would be an understatement.”

Why is your role of delivering meals so important?
“I am on the front lines with Serving Seniors, delivering meals. I knock on the door with my custom tempo or ring the bell, often letting myself in. Most often the smile which I encounter is the gauge that all is well. Sometimes, the delivery of a hot meal and a friendly face is all that is needed. I bow out with their sincere gratitude, “Thank you.” Often though, it goes further…our conversations and interactions allow us to further touch base. Having become inevitably close to my clients, I want to ensure that their basic needs are being met. I am more than a friendly face, ear, or voice. But also an eye, bridge, and advocate for them. Whether it be via Serving Seniors, or simply with a bit of personal gumption.”

Just for fun: If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would you invite?
“I can’t limit it to three without thinking for a week. I would invite my deceased father (Mack Owen), David Bowie, Pablo Picasso, Joan of Arc, Charlize Theron and Laird Hamilton….Oh, and my best friend & wing man John Brockley. He is hilarious, brilliant and totally gets me.”

It was great getting to know you, Anna, and thank you for your hard work and dedication to our seniors. We are lucky to have a staff member with your humor, positive attitude, and warmth.

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