Smile On Seniors Social Events
Throughout the year Smile On Seniors hosts a multitude of social events for seniors in the community. We have found that seniors like to do the same things younger people in the community like to do. They like to spend time with friends and make new ones. Our Social Events provide outlets for socializing and being engaged with the Jewish Community and are exciting offerings everyone would love to be a senior to join!
What is the mission and purpose of this program?
As we age we sadly begin to lose friends who have passed away. Many seniors move to new cities to be closer to loved ones. The changes are very difficult. They impede on social lives. A healthy social life has a tremendous positive effect on our health. In addition, as seniors become widowers they look for companionship. Our mission is to offer social events that provide a positive solution to companionship, mental health and a social life. We engage seniors enabling them to spend time with old friends and make new ones, all while having fun together!
Throughout the year Smile On Seniors provides exciting social programs specifically targeting seniors and active mature adults. We offer Movie Nights through out the year, a Deli Night, a Pizza Social, Chinese and a Movie, a Superbowl Party, Paint and Wine, a BBQ and more. These programs directly benefit our seniors in the Jewish community. We provide a safe environment to have fun and create or build friendships.
The Federation has commissioned a study on the valley's senior population and the needs and lacks. We have been blessed to be a part of the solution mentioned in the study. Our programming provides the social engagement and sense of community our seniors lack. Our programming is enabled because of the many caring individuals and organizations in the community. Our valley's seniors are so spread out geographically. We provide an opportunity to come together.
last few years we have increased our social offerings and seen tremendous
attendance. Our Deli Night had over 75 seniors in attendance. Our Movie Night
have an average of 20 seniors attend. Our Chinese and a Movie had over 70 in
attendance. Our Superbowl party had almost 40 seniors who would have watched
the game alone.
The beautiful thing is watching the new friendships and learning
about their get together on weekends.
How do you measure the success of your program?
We measure our success in quantity and quality. We see the increase in attendance and demand for the programs. We also watch as seniors who when they first began to attend our programs had truly no friends. They have created new friends, are socializing and going out with them. This is how we measure success.