CALEXICO — The city’s senior wellness programs will receive a $25,000 boost from Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District again this year.
Heffernan’s board approved the funding for the second year in a row Wednesday evening during a regular board meeting.
Heffernan board member Sylvia Bernal said that senior programs are often the first ones to lose money during budget cuts.
“It’s a way for us to help the ones that need it most,” she said.
Calexico Community Services Director Sandra Tauler said that last year more than 744 free senior wellness programs were conducted with about 10,000 participants. They are offered through a partnership between the city and the Imperial County Public Health Department.
The program’s activities target the physical, mental and social health of people 55 years and older.
“It’s very important that they (seniors) stay involved and have something to look forward to,” Tauler said. “We provide activities in all areas to keep them busy.”
A variety of classes such as cooking, arts and aerobics as well as holiday events are offered year round through the program.
While many of the activities are offered at the Calexico Community Center, the program also visits senior homes and apartments for seniors who aren’t mobile or don’t have transportation.
“We’re very fortunate to have the assistance in Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District, because we wouldn’t be able to do as much without those funds,” Tauler said. “It makes a big difference.”
Call 760-768-2176 for more information on the city’s senior wellness program.
Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or firstname.lastname@example.org