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HBCOA at the forefront of aging issues
Officially recognized by the City Council of Huntington Beach as representing its local senior citizens, the HBCOA was awarded non-profit status in 1973 and has always been at the forefront of aging issues. During the design stage of the new Senior Center in Central Park, the City Council directed the HBCOA to provide input related to the overall design of the new center.
President's Message "Information & Updates
Happy New Year!
I would like to start my new term as HBCOA President by first thanking Beth Hambelton for her dedication and service as President from 2019-2020; she led us through a challenging year. My name is Debbie Killey and I have been a resident of Huntington Beach for 22 years, am blessed to have a husband and daughter, and work for Rainbow, a Republic Services Company. I look forward to serving and supporting our active community!
The year 2020 brought many challenges and changed many lives. HBCOA, Senior Center staff, and volunteers have done a remarkable job continuing to meet the needs of local seniors with Drive-in Concerts, Senior Center in a Box, Meal Delivery, Transportation and Care Management Services. Please remember that our Senior Center is here to support you, so if you are feeling lonely or isolated, contact us at (714) 536-5600 to learn about resources to help.
As we move into 2021, we will continue to find innovative ways to engage you. We encourage you to join or renew your membership and tell others to join the HBCOA. We also have openings on our HBCOA board and are looking for other like-minded individuals who want to help our community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Lastly, please remember to wear a face covering to protect yourself and others.
Senior Center Message
Cheers to a New Year! Even though 2020 was a challenging year I hope your holiday season was filled with love and laughter even if from afar.
A new year means New Year’s resolutions for 2021! Personally, I always have a goal of better health in the New Year and I’m sure that I’m not alone. Scott Getman, our Health and Wellness Coordinator, has put together some wonderful active ideas in this issue that are sure to kick start your New Year. It includes general recommendations for exercise, great stretches for stress, and a wonderful Lentil soup recipe. Enjoy!
As the Winter class season approaches in the first week of January, we had hoped to welcome you into the center for recreational classes. However, due to the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to make some changes to our currently printed schedule. We worked with each instructor individually to determine whether each class will be offered virtually, on-site on the patio outdoors, or cancelled. Included in this Outlook is our updated class programming for your reference. You may register at HBSANDS.org for on-site classes 14 days before the start of the class and you may register now for virtual classes. We hope that you can join us for some fun and friendship virtually or outdoors!
I’d like to sincerely thank you all for your patience during this time. You have been flexible and worked with us and we really appreciate you! We are looking forward to a great 2021 and seeing what this year has to bring!
Happy New Year!
January 2021 General Message
A new start to a new year! For the last 10 months, it has been such a challenge to imagine a world where COVID-19 would be in the past. Luckily, it seems that now more than ever, with the new vaccines available, there truly is a glimmer of hope for a future without all of this madness that we have endured. Though we will not return to a world like the one we left behind on March 16, we most certainly will find our way into a new world full of renewed hope, joy, and excitement. A world filled with events big and small, packed with the simple pleasures we all enjoy such as going for a cup of coffee with friends, walking into a grocery store with full shelves, or simply walking around without having to wear a mask everywhere you go. A fun activity, to help pass the time during this last push to rid the world of COVID-19, is thinking and planning what you would like to do first, once it is safe to venture back out. Perhaps you are looking forward to having a nice meal with friends at your favorite local restaurant. Maybe you will go visit family that you have been missing during lockdown, or perhaps you even have new additions to your family that you will be meeting in person for the first time. We can imagine that for many a vacation or trip to some exciting place or a far and distant land is at the very top of their wish list. Let us know one of the first things you plan to do post pandemic on our Facebook page! After spending so many months in the same room, a change of scenery is just the perfect cure for a gloomy spirit. Soon all of the listed activities will be possible and all of those cancelled plans from spring can be given new life. Once you begin planning that adventure, it is as if the world starts over and begins anew. It gives you a goal to look forward to, at the very least, it provides you with something else to think about. No more looking back, thinking about all those long months spent squirreled away at home. No more feeling sorry about missed events and opportunities. They are in the past. You cannot change it. All you can do is look forward. January begins a new year and a new time to shine, so step on into 2021 and begin planning your next adventure, trip, dinner or party.
Although we have a few more weeks of isolation ahead of us, maintaining distance, and wearing masks, there does seem to be an end in sight. So give it all you’ve got for this final stretch. Keep following the health and safety guidelines and soon we will begin to emerge from the dark cave that was 2020, moving forward into the bright sunshine of 2021. We will be ready for a year ful of adventures at the Center - enjoying life once again. Stay safe, stay well, and see you on the other side of this experience a little older, a little wiser, and with some very clean, albeit dry, hands.
Happy New Year!