Pickleball: A Healthy ‘Addiction’ BY ELLEN SCHMEDING DIRECTOR, AGING & INDEPENDENCE SERVICES
hree mornings a week, the tennis courts at Collier Park in La Mesa are buzzing with activity. But there are no tennis rackets or balls in sight. Instead these gamers use paddles to smack over the net something that looks like a whiffle ball. Welcome to pickleball! One of the fastest growing sports in the country, pickleball has been described as a mixture of tennis, badminton and ping pong. Since the ball travels only one-third as fast as a tennis ball, the game is suitable for beginners, PICKLEBALL ENTHUSIASTS AT COLLIER PARK IN LA MESA especially those with creaky knees. Matches usually last only about 15 minutes and can be played in a singles or doubles format. To win, an individual players. Named after a “pickle boat” (the last fishing boat or pair must reach at least 11 points and be ahead of their to return with its catch), the game was started in 1965 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle by State Representative Joel opponent by at least two points. On any given morning, 25 to 30 pickleball players, Pritchard and his friend Bill Bell. After an afternoon of mostly older adults, gather at the La Mesa park for fun, golf, the two friends returned home to find their families friendship and exercise. They come from all walks of life sitting around bored. The men looked around for badmin— former school teachers, retail managers, engineers, den- ton equipment but they could not find enough racquets tists, and delivery drivers. Some are looking for exercise, or the shuttlecock. They improvised by making plywood others wish to build friendships, and others just need to paddles and using a whiffle ball. And on this lazy summer afternoon, pickleball was born. get out of the house. Some 50 years since its creation, pickleball groups But players offer a word of warning: watch out, because once you start playing you’re going to be hooked. Kevin abound. More than 20 established groups are located in Turner, 50, a former truck driver from Virginia says, “It’s communities all across San Diego County, including such areas as Oceanside, Encinitas, Fallbrook, Lakeside, and addictive, I can’t stop playing!” The secret is spreading — the USA Pickleball Asso- Pacific Beach. ciation estimates that there are 400,000 active pickleball (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE)
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NORTH INLAND LIVE WELL CENTER OPEN
Ellen Arcadi, 69, a registered nurse with a Master’s degree in Public Health and long-time tennis player, has been playing pickleball in La Mesa for two years. She sees the game as a mechanism to build community and promote healthy aging. “This game doesn’t take an hour. We can sit and talk to each other, share knowledge. We’ve been to each other’s houses. ” Ellen continues, “People who don’t want to get up early in the morning, get up early because they don’t want to miss their friends.” She praises the City of La Mesa’s Community Services Department for its efforts to support and promote pickleball, noting, “Everyone has been talking about isolation, obesity, walkable cities…and here is something that promotes healthy aging in so many ways. They even brought the children in summer camp down to the courts so that we could teach them the fundamentals.” Nearly everyone who tries pickleball comes back for more. Visit www.usapa.org to search for places to play, and/or check out the County Parks & Rec site: www. sandiegocounty.gov/parks. If you are already an experienced player, consider joining the San Diego Senior Olympics pickleball tournament Sept. 18-20 at the Castle Creek Country Club in Escondido. Visit www.pickleballtournaments.com for more details including the fee and how to register.
SAVE THE DATE: IG GAMES IN LA MESA
ind your tennis shoes for the East County Intergenerational Games Thursday, Oct. 8, at the La Mesa Middle School, 4200 Parks Ave., La Mesa 91941. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m.; registration starts at 8:30. Active adults are paired with youth for simple and fun activities, such as hula hoops and soccer kick. Sponsored by the HHSA/AIS, AARP, City of La Mesa, OASIS/CATCH Healthy Habits, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District and the East County YMCA. For more information, call the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center at (619) 667-1322.
SAVE THE DATE: FINANCIAL WELLNESS
ark your calendar for the “Financial Wellness for 50+” workshop set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Educational Cultural Complex (ECC), 4343 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego 92113. Featured speaker will be finance journalist George Chamberlin. There will also be talks on Budgeting,
he County’s new North Inland Live Well Center, 649 W. Mission Ave., Escondido, is open and providing a variety of social services, including a Military & Veterans Resource Center (MVRC). The County dedicated approximately 9,000 square feet for the MVRC, which will house a Veterans Service representative with 14 nonprofit organizations that provide military and veteran support services, a one-stop shop. The MVRC will allow the military and veterans to have assistance with their transition/reintegration needs, receive career and job-related training and information, up-to-date information on benefits, an opportunity to access community resources in a convenient location, including legal assistance. The center’s open house will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21.
BECOME AN OMBUDSMAN VOLUNTEER
ant to make a difference in the lives of seniors who live in nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities? Become an advocate for them. Learn what it means to be a certified volunteer ombudsman at an orientation from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept., 23, at Suite 171 in the County Operations Center, 5560 Overland Ave., San Diego 92123. Call by Sept. 21 to reserve your spot: (800) 640-4661. Getting Out of Debt, Investment Basics, Financial Tips for Caregivers and more. Sponsors include HHSA/AIS, AARP, OASIS, San Diego Continuing Education, the San Diego Financial Literacy Center and San Diego County Credit Union. This free event will include lunch. To RSVP, email Sarah.Jackson@sdcounty.ca.gov. For more information, call Sarah (“Sally”) at (858) 495-5525.
SAVE THE DATE: GET CONNECTED FAIR
he next Get Connected Fair, a free opportunity to learn more about tech gadgets, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at OASIS, third floor of the Mission Valley Macy’s clothing store, 1702 Camino del Rio North, San Diego 92108. Will include several different Tech Talks, plus the opportunity to Ask the Experts individual technology/gadget questions. Sponsors include the Technology & Aging Coalition of San Diego, HHSA/AIS, AARP, OASIS, Cox Communications and the San Diego Futures Foundation. RSVP required; call (877) 926-8300.
Honoring RSVP: LEAD WITH EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH Herbert W. Argrow, nominated by Rosemary Pope from the 4th District Senior Resource Center, is the September RSVP Volunteer of the Month. Herbert has been an avid and tireless volunteer for the past 19 years. He is known as a “jack of all trades” at the center, as he will step up and help wherever he is needed, whether it be assisting with special events or helping with the lunch program. His volunteer activities include being a HERBERT ARGROW member of Board of Directors, Health & Nutrition Senior Advocate, mentor for Camp Charles Summer Youth Camp, participating in the center’s Annual Walk-A-Mile with a Smile Fundraiser and the center’s newly formed “Flabs to Abs” program. Because he knows that a healthy diet will help a senior to feel more energetic and stay independent longer, Herbert encourages everyone at the center to take part in good nutrition. Herbert has studied martial arts for more than 36 years, and has a 3rd-degree Black Belt. He is also skilled in Tai Chi, which he incorporates into the Flabs to Abs program. He also helps feed the homeless with his church. In spite of his busy schedule, Herbert still finds the time to give back to his community, both monetarily and spiritually. “His quiet demeanor, compassion for others and commitment to complete all tasks win him much love and praise,” says Rosemary Pope. Congratulations, Herbert! Your passion and dedication is making a difference in the lives of others.
OASIS: PROMOTING SUCCESSFUL AGING San Diego OASIS’s mission is to promote successful aging through a three-fold approach: lifelong learning, healthy living and community service. In fulfilling its mis-
sion, OASIS offers a broad range of stimulating classes – from the arts and humanities to wellness, fitness and travel. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities within OASIS, including office jobs and tutoring children, both academically and about healthy habits. School tutors spend one hour a week during the school day, working one-on-one with a child, in K-4th grades, to build reading and language skills, self-esteem and positive attitudes toward learning. Teaching experience is not required as training, materials and ongoing support is provided by staff members.Volunteers select the school and time each week to work with children as tutor, mentor and friend. CATCH Healthy Habits engages a team of volunteers to serve as mentors, teaching healthy lifelong habits to kids in K-5th grades, in after-school programs. Classes meet once a week for eight weeks. The hourlong class includes fun games and exercises, a healthy snack and learning about good food choices. All training and materials are supplied. Other OASIS opportunities include various office support positions, including class and trip registration, check-in for classes, data entry, scheduling and meeting organization. If any of these opportunities interest you, call RSVP at (858) 505-6399.
VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION CELEBRATIONS Recognition Celebrations are fast approaching. Please don’t forget to reply to your invitation if you plan on attending. We look forward to seeing you there!
DO YOU LIKE WORKING IN AN OFFICE? Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC) has an immediate need for office help. SCRC offers services to family caregivers of adults with chronic and disabling conditions or diseases. With a team of highly-qualified, professional staff, SCRC helps families through a full range of programs and services. If you would like to support this amazing organization with your volunteer help, contact RSVP at (858) 505-6399.
‘DON’T GET HOOKED’ SCAM EVENT SET
upervisor Dianne Jacob is sponsoring a “Don’t Get Hooked” scam-prevention seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Ave., El Cajon 92020. Hear from a couple of scam victims and learn how to avoid taking the bait. There will also be a talk by Paul Greenwood, head of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’s Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit. Lunch will be provided. To register, call (844) 899-1597 and leave your name and phone number.
FALL PREVENTION EVENTS THIS MONTH
very September, the San Diego County Fall Prevention Task Force coordinates events to remind older adults and others about steps to reduce their risk of a fall. The consequences of falls are a growing concern as rates of death, hospitalization and emergency room visits due to falls have increased substantially. In 2012 in San Diego County, some 227 older adults died as a result of a fall; while 7,303 seniors were hospitalized after a fall. Here are the fall-prevention events, which will include speakers, resources and fall-risk screenings: Sept. 23 (Wednesday) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, 1525 4th Ave., San Diego 92101. There will be a second event in Rancho Bernardo, but the details were not complete by this newsletter’s deadline. To learn more about this event, visit the website (www. SanDiegoFallPrevention.org) or call (858) 495-5500, ext. 3 and leave a voicemail. No registration required for either event. If you’d like to schedule a fall prevention speaker for your organization, email Kari Carmody: kari.carmody@ sdcounty.ca.gov.
The South County Action Network (SoCAN) meets from 1 to 3 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the San Diego County Library, Bonita-Sunnyside Branch, 4375 Bonita Rd., Bonita. Contact Anabel Kuykendall: (619) 476-6223. The North County Action Network (NorCAN) meets from 1 to 3 pm. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos. For details, call Karen Singer: (760) 754-3562.
SIGN UP FOR ‘HEALTHIER LIVING’ CLASSES
he County coordinates interactive and goal-oriented workshops called “Healthier Living ” for people with chronic health conditions: Sept. 4 to Oct. 9 (Fridays) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gloria McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista 92084. Sept. 18 to Oct. 23 (focus on diabetes) (Fridays) from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Poway Library Community Room, 13137 Poway Rd., Poway 92064. Oct. 16 to Nov. 20 (Fridays) from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove 91945. To register, contact Katherine Casabar at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (858) 495-5500, ext. 3.
OPEN POSITION ON ADVISORY COUNCIL
he AIS Advisory Council seeks to fill an open volunteer position and is particularly seeking representation from the Asian/Pacific Islander community. The Advisory Council assists AIS staff members from the perspective of community members on policy and program needs. There are 30 members of the Advisory Council who meet the second Monday of each month at noon. The Advisory Council participants are mostly age 60 or older. Applications are available at the monthly meetings held at the AIS headquarters, 5560 Overland JOIN A COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK Ave., Third Floor, San Diego 92123. For details, contact our regional Community Action Networks focus on Rosemarie Bahmani at (858) 213-6554. the issues and needs of older adults and persons with disabilities. They welcome your participation. A FEW LEGACY CORP SLOTS STILL OPEN The San Diego Community Action Network (SanDiCAN) meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the last Tuesday here are only a few remaining positions for the 2016 of each month at the War Memorial Building, 3325 Zoo Legacy Corps service year. Selected applicants will Dr., San Diego. Contact Brian Rollins: (858) 505-6305. support veteran and military families through in-home The East County Action Network (ECAN) meets from companionship visits to give family caregivers a break. 1 to 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Legacy Corps members provide 450 hours of service for a Renette Recreation Center, 935 S. Emerald Ave., El Ca- year and receive $200 a month and an educational award of jon. For more information, call Kathy Holmes-Hardy: $1,468 per year of service. Service begins Nov. 1. For details, see www.LCsandiego.org or call (858) 505-6300. (619) 401-3994.
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SEPT. 9, WEDNESDAY 10 A.M. TO 1 P.M. Open House will be held at the Solana Beach Community Senior Center, 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach 92075. For more information, call (858) 509-2587.
SEPT. 9, WEDNESDAY NOON
SEPT. 15, TUESDAY 1 TO 2 P.M.
SEPT. 26, SATURDAY 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.
“Maximizing Your Brain Health” will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association at the Peninsula Family YMCA, 4390 Valeta St., San Diego. RSVP required; call (800) 827-4277.
Disaster Preparedness Expo is being offered to the public by Sharp HealthCare, 8695 Spectrum Center Blvd., San Diego. RSVP required: (800) 827-4277.
SEPT. 17, THURSDAY 10 A.M.
SEPT. 30, WEDNESDAY 9 A.M. & 6 P.M.
“Savvy Social Security,” a free program about the basics of Social Security, will be held at the Poway Library, 13137 Poway Rd., Poway 92064. For details, call (858) 513-2900.
“Know Your Rights” presentation on Social Security benefits will be held for LGBT veterans in the morning and for the general LGBT community in the evening at the Ohr Shalom Synagogue, 2512 Third Ave., San Diego 92103. To RSVP, go to www.KnowYourRightsSD.com. For questions, call (619) 291-3383.
SEPT. 22, TUESDAY 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.
“Live Stronger Longer,” sponsored by the South County Action NetA Seniors Luncheon will be held at work, will be held at the Community the First United Methodist Church, Congregational Church of Chula 2111 Camino Del Rio South, San Vista, 276 F St., Chula Vista 91910. Diego 92108. Cost is $6. RSVP RSVP: (800) 827-4277. by Sept. 7 to (619) 297-4366.
SEPT. 11, FRIDAY 6 TO 8 P.M. A free Jamul/Dulzura Community Preparedness Fair will be held at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, 14808 Lyons Valley Road, Jamul 91935. For details: (619) 659-9866.
SEPT. 12, SATURDAY 1 TO 2 P.M. An ongoing support group for grandparents (and other relatives) raising grandchildren is being held at the Fallbrook Library Community Room, 124 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook 92028. For more details, call (760) 731-4653.
SEPT. 23, WEDNESDAY 10:30 A.M. TO 1 P.M. “Don’t Get Hooked” scam seminar at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Ave., El Cajon 92020. RSVP at (844) 8991597 and leave name, phone number.
SEPT. 23, WEDNESDAY 4 TO 6 P.M. “Encore Academy,” a four-week course for adults 50+ interested in starting a small business, will be held at OASIS, Third Floor of the Mission Valley Macy’s, 1702 Camino Del Rio N. Cost is $56. To RSVP, call (619) 881-6262.
OCT. 9, FRIDAY 8:30 A.M. TO 4 P.M. A Spanish-language conference for family caregivers will be held at the Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego 92114. Breakfast and lunch included. RSVP to (858) 268-4432.
OCT. 17, SATURDAY 8:30 A.M. TO 2 P.M. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren event will be held at the Chula Vista Community Charter School, 590 K St., Chula Vista 91911. RSVP for this free event: call 2-1-1.
ADVISORY COUNCIL The AIS Advisory Council will meet at noon Monday, Sept. 14, at AIS, 5560 Overland Ave., Third Floor, San Diego 92123. These meetings are open to the public.
OCT. 24, SATURDAY
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• Pickleball: A Healthy ‘Addiction’ • North Inland Live Well Center Open • "Don't Get Hooked" Scam Event Set • Fall Prevention Events • Sign...
Published on Aug 28, 2015
• Pickleball: A Healthy ‘Addiction’ • North Inland Live Well Center Open • "Don't Get Hooked" Scam Event Set • Fall Prevention Events • Sign...