Mental Health & Aging Series

Mondays, September 11, September 18, October 2, October 9, and October 23

The Barbara Lee Senior Center and the Milpitas Senior Advisory Commission are hosting a series of Mental Health & Aging workshops. The series is comprised of six workshops geared towards older adults (50+ years) within the Milpitas community. The main goal of the workshops is to raise awareness of mental health issues that impact older adults, and the topics include: Issues of Stigma Associated with Depression, Bipolar, and Anxiety Disorders (Part 1 & Part 2); Exploring and Understanding the Issues Related to Dementia; and Bringing Awareness about Elder Abuse and Neglect.

The workshops are conducted by Irem Choksy, Licensed Mental Health Psychotherapist. Through community engagement, Ms. Choksy brings awareness about issues that are often stigmatized and difficult to discuss. She believes community engagement is an essential safe haven for communities to learn and gain resources pertaining to mental wellbeing.

Senior Center Members: $3 per session or $12 for all 6 sessions
General Cost: $5 per session or $18 for all 6 sessions
A paid participant may be accompanied by a caregiver or family member for free

  • Grandparents Week
    September 5-8
    If you’re a grandparent, you know how special grandchildren are – but do you know how special you are? We do! This week we will be celebrating you with some special activities to honor you and help share your stories and knowledge with your families.
  • New Member Orientation:
    Tuesdays, September 12 & October 10, 10:00AM
    If you are new to the Barbara Lee Senior Center or would like a refresher on all of the wonderful services and activities, please join us on the second Tuesday of the month for an informative presentation and tour. Please sign-up at the Front Desk, or call (408) 586-3400.
  • Senior Center Quilt Exhibit
    September 18-29
    Quilting is a special talent that produces beautiful work, often considered art. The Senior Center will exhibit some of the pieces created by participants in its Quilting program. A reception for these artists will take place on Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30AM.
  • Flu Shots
    Thursday, September 21 & Friday, October 6, 9:00AM-12:00PM
    All older adults are encouraged each year to receive a flu shot to help protect their health. Walgreens will have a Flu Shot Clinic at the Senior Center for members and people with chronic medical problems. This clinic is free if you bring your Medicare/Medi-Cal (Part D) or other insurance cards. The cost for non-insurance covered shots is approximately $26.
  • Fall BINGO Marathon
    Saturday, September 30
    Doors open at 11:30AM and play begins at 1:00PM
    Join in the fun at this year’s Fall Bingo Marathon! The marathon includes 20 games with 3-5 special games scattered throughout. A session pack is $10 per player (additional packs are $8 for the same player). Special games are $1 each per card. Players cannot split or share packs. Games have cash prizes and amounts are determined by the number of packs sold. A Snack Bar is available for lunch and goodies before and during marathon. This event is open to ages 18 and up.
  • Harvest Social
    Friday, October 13, 2:00PM
    Get ready to enjoy bite-sized pumpkin pies and a crafting station! This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow Senior Center participants.
  • Walk with Ease
    October 23-December 1, 9:30AM-10:30AM

    The Senior Center is starting a new program to help improve your quality of life! This 6-week program is led by a certified instructor and includes both classroom learning and walks outside to teach you how to safely make physical activity a part of your everyday life. It can also help reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis, increase balance, strength and walking pace, build confidence in your ability to be physically active, and improve your overall health. The Senior Center is able to offer this course through a grant from the California Arthritis Partnership Program and the National Recreation & Park Association. Please register at the Front Desk by Thursday, October 19.

  • Pumpkin Carving Contest
    Monday & Tuesday, October 30 & 31
    It’s time to show off your pumpkin carving skills! We will be celebrating Halloween with our 2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Senior Center. Design categories include Most Detailed, Most Creative, Best Halloween-themed, and Most Spookiest, so start thinking of your design and sign-up at the Front Desk by Thursday, October 26. Carving will take place on Monday, Senior Center members can cast their votes on Tuesday, and winners will be announced the next day.
Information Tables

The Senior Center will have some Information Tables set up throughout the months so you can learn about some services in the community. Please stop by and talk with the agencies’ representatives about how you can benefit from their services.

  • Applied General Agency (AGA) on Medicare – September 6, 18, October 5, 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Serene Home Healthcare Services – Wednesdays, September 13, October 11 and Thursday, November 9, 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Anthem Blue Cross – Tuesday, September 19 and Thursday, October 12, 9:30AM-11:30AM
  • VTA – Wednesdays, September 20 and October 18, 10:00AM-11:30AM
  • Laughter Yoga
    Thursday, September 7 & October 5, 3:00PM
    You can laugh with special guided techniques – it’s easy. This workshop will explore the different types of laughter and laughter’s benefits. This program is held the first Thursday of every month.
  • Clear Captions
    Thursday, September 7, 10:00AM
    Hard of Hearing? Nancy Whitney (a Clear Captions representative), will be here to inform you about the Ensemble phone. It is a captioned phone that displays text of conversations in near real-time on a large color touchscreen so you can see and hear what callers are saying. Find out how you can get your free phone! Light refreshments will be served. Please register at the Front Desk by September 6.
  • AGA Basic Medicare Presentation
    Thursday, September 21, 3:00PM
    When you turn 65 or when you first become eligible for Medicare benefits, you may find the process confusing and complicated. In this seminar, you will learn about the “Alphabet Soup” of Medicare – Parts A, B, C, & D and what coverage choices you have to make. Please register at the Front Desk by September 20.
  • Open Enrollment – Healthcare Plan Prescriptions
    Each year the Open Enrollment period for changing healthcare plans is mid-October to early December. If you are “shopping around” for a new plan or want to hear about changes in your current plan, the Senior Center has arranged for some presentations to help you decide.

    • Thursday, October 12: Anthem Blue Cross (Information Table), 10:00 AM
    • Tuesday, October 17: Stanford Healthcare Advantage Plan, 10:00 AM
    • Friday, October 20: Kaiser, 9:00 AM
    • Monday, October 23: Santa Clara Family Health Plan- Cal MediConnect, 9:00 AM
    • Friday, October 27: CareMore, 9:00 AM
    • Monday, October 30: Care1st Health Plan, 10:00 AM

Additional presentations will be announced in our November/December newsletter.

  • Heartfullness Meditation Workshop
    Mondays, September 18-October 9, 10:00AM – 11:00AM
    Heartfulness Meditation is a simple and practical way to experience balance, peace and well-being. It helps us relax and feel the lightness and joy of our true nature. Come and join us for a four week workshop to learn simple and effective relaxation and meditation techniques. Please bring a journal and a pen. Please register at the Front Desk by September 15.
  • VTA Program: ACCESS
    Tuesday, September 26, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
    VTA is increasing its leadership, involvement, and commitment to its paratransit customers. One of which is ensuring an accurate eligibility certification process in compliance to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), so VTA can provide quality service for individuals transportation needs. The ADA defines eligibility for paratransit services as a disability that directly affects an individual’s functional ability preventing them from independent use of fixed route (bus and light rail) for some or all their trips. Come out to learn more about paratransit eligibility and how to apply! Please register at the Front Desk by September 25.
  • Daily Dose with the Dietitian: Eat Smart for the Health of It!
    Thursday, September 28, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
    A specialized class aimed towards community health—this class is an introduction into healthy eating, and how our dietary choices affect not only our physical health, but mental health as well! Some concepts covered are: the importance of nutrition, the various food groups, and weight management strategies. This class provides tips to live an overall healthier lifestyle! Please register at the Front Desk by September 27.
  • AGA Health Plan Benefits Comparison Presentation
    Tuesday, October 10, 1:00PM – 3:00PM
    Why look at just one plan when you can compare many? Every year the Medicare benefits you are receiving may change. Attend this seminar to learn about your healthcare choices. Get the information you need to help you make the right choice.
  • Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) on 2018 Changes to Medicare
    Thursday, October 26, 10:00AM
    HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare. This presentation will help you better understand your specific rights and health care insurance coverage options.
  • Ask Phuong, a Nurse Practitioner
    Wednesdays, 1:00PM–4:00PM
    On Wednesdays, Phuong Le, a nurse practitioner currently practicing at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, will be available to answer medical questions you may have and perform a non-diagnostic basic memory test. Phuong can also assist with dietary suggestions and an explanation of your medications. Please note: This program is not sponsored or affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
  • Teach Seniors Technology (TST)
    Fridays, 3:30PM–4:30PM
    Teach Seniors Technology is a volunteer program provided by high school students who are dedicated to teaching older adults how to use modern technology for free. TST volunteers offer specific sessions on computer basics, web safety, how to surf the web, and how to use social media. If interested in any of these topics please register at the Front Desk by the Thursday before.