A Little House can make a big difference.
The Peninsula Volunteer’s Little House Activity Center, which sprouted up in the 1940s as the nation’s first residential senior center, now hosts activities for people of all ages — and active they are.
With the baby boomer generation having now reached peaked maturity, America’s elderly population is living longer and proving to be more active than their predecessors. Little House defies the stereotypes of traditional senior centers because today’s seniors aren’t what they were 30 years ago, said Peter Olson, 44, director of Little House.
“It’s a center for active adults. Instead of 75 and older, we have more 55 and older coming in for classes,” Olson said.
The Menlo Park center, too, isn’t what one might automatically picture.
“We want walking into Little House to be like walking into your friend’s house,” Olson said.
The entrance mimics a welcoming living room, adorned with art, books, cozy chairs and a friendly volunteer. It’s hard to wander through Little House without meeting a visitor who is gleeful about their day’s venture.
Little House focuses on enhancing the quality of life; because people deserve more than extended lifetimes, they deserve a sense of fulfillment and passion, Olson said.
“One of our things is vital aging. You need certain components in living a vital life: fitness, nutrition, socialization and part of that socialization is friendship, intimacy and a sense of purpose. It’s also brain stimulation, mental stimulation,” Olson said. Read more in the Daily Journal…