Senior Programing During COVID-19
The South El Monte Senior Center is closed but we are still here and thinking of you! Although we are not able provided in-person programing, our team has been busy redesigning our webpage to provide you with community resources and activities to help you remain safe and healthy at home.
Seniors who are in need are encouraged to call 626.448.0131 to be advised about the current programs that are being offered. Referrals to County resources and other services can also be provided. Call today to be added to our Wellness Reassurance Call list in order to receive regular check-ins from City staff.
Our staff has created monthly themed craft packets to provide a break from your routine and keep you entertained while you are safer at home.
Exercise Programs at Home
We encourage you to keep moving inside of your home our or in a safe place outside. The CDC recommends older adults to participate in at least 150 minutes a week of cumulative physical activity. You’re never too old to start enjoying the benefits of being physically active. Daily movement can help to increase your endorphins, allow fresh air and decrease your stress level.
It’s important to select an activity that you enjoy, which will make it much easier for you to stick with your exercise routine. Here are a few different exercises that you can select, remember to minimize risk of injury, always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
- Senior Exercises and Fitness Tips to Help You Get Started Safely
- 102 Exercises by American Council on Exercise that don't require any equipment
- GO4Life: Instructor led exercise videos: Workouts feature a warmup; strength, flexibility, and balance exercises; and a cool down with stretches. Designed specifically for adults over age 50. It can be done almost anywhere.
- Online Fitness Studio: You can select the perfect fitness class from aerobics to yoga (online registration required).
- Senior Chair Hatha Yoga: One hour of senior yoga with sitting and standing poses for back, spine and joints. Check with your physician if you are fit for yoga.
According to the Mayo Clinic, mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Practicing mindfulness exercises can help you direct your attention away from this kind of thinking and engage with the world around you.
- Satsang House Meditation: Free live ZOOM meditations & Community Gatherings five times a week.
- YMCA Be Well Webinars: Be Well webinar series consists of interviewing industry experts in mindfulness and mental wellness, along with other virtual hangouts like book and movie clubs, online socials, and more activities geared for adults and seniors!
- Dealing with Coronavirus Anxiety: Tips from experts to help you established a sense of normalcy and maintain your mental health during this time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented disruptions to all aspects of life and has particularly impacted our ability to enjoy music, art and the great outdoors. Using technology, you can visit our national parks, a virtual art gallery and enjoy intimate live musical performances
- National Parks: Visit 12 digital national parks from your home.
- Google Art & Culture: Bring the museum into your home (museums, places, and artwork)
- NPR Music's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts: Bringing you performances from across the country and the world.
We are committed to providing support and information necessary to ensure our older adults have access to the resources they need to stay healthy and safe. Below are local resources organized by topic. Note this information is subject to change.
- CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program: Low-cost prepared meals for individuals enrolled in CalFresh.
- Critical Delivery Service: A free delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities. This program will deliver groceries, household items, and other vital necessities to LA County residents who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To schedule a delivery call 1-888-863-7411 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm).
- LA Regional Food Bank: Monthly food kits for low-income seniors. Each kit contains mostly shelf-stable staples such as milk, grains, bean and canned fruits and vegetables.
- Instacart: Grocery home delivery. If no delivery times are available, you may have to try again during non-peak hours. To schedule a delivery call 1-888-246-7822.
- State Bar Foundation: Legal Services are available to assist older adults and adults with disabilities with a variety of legal problems concerning housing, consumer fraud, elder abuse, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, Medi-Cal, age discrimination, pensions, nursing homes, protective services, conservatorships, and other matters. For more information call 213-765-1000.
- Bet Tzedek: They are a nationally recognized leader in providing legal services to low-income seniors. They help improve the safety and quality of life for older or disabled adults and their families. To seek their assistance, call them at 323-939-0506.
- Legal Aid Foundation: A non-profit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved and provides direct legal representation and other legal assistance for low-income individuals. Areas of expertise include: Eviction Defense Center, Economic Stability, Housing & Communities, Supporting Families, Veterans Justice Center, Asian & Pacific Islander Community Outreach Project, Self-Help Legal Access Centers (Inglewood, Torrance, Santa Monica, Long Beach), Domestic Violence Clinics (Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach). If you need legal assistance and/or resources, you can reach them at 1-800-399-4529.
- Housing Rights Center: Their mission is to actively support and promote fair housing through education, advocacy, and litigation so that all persons have the opportunity to secure the housing they desire and can afford, without discrimination. For more information you can call them at 1-800-477-5977 x 1132
Mental Health Resources
- Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health - Older Adults: They provide a range of programs and services designed for older adults experiencing mental health issues. Services include: Screening and Assessment, Case Management, Individual & Family Treatment, Crisis Intervention Services, Full Service Partnership, Field Capable Clinical Services, Prevention & Early Intervention, Service Area Provider List. If you or someone you know needs mental health services and/or counseling, call 213-351-7284.
- LA Warmline: Confidential overnight telephone support service for individuals who are seeking emotional support and counseling services. They are available Monday - Sunday, 10:00 pm - 6:00 am including Holidays. If you would like to talk to a Warmline Specialist during the hours of operation, call 855-952-276.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Provides 24/7, free and confidential emotional support for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. For more information you can call them at 1-800--273-8255; Spanish: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf + Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889; Veterans: 1-800-273-8255; Disaster Distress: 1-800-985-5990