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Tai Chi at Little House

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

It’s clear that the benefits of exercise for older adults are endless. That’s why Little House has decided to add a new class to its health and wellness list. Starting this September, Tai Chi will be offered to anyone who would like to improve the mind and body, balance, flexibility, and awareness, all through a low-intensity form of exercise. Classes will be held every Thursday from 7pm – 8pm, beginning September 11th. For more information regarding this exciting new opportunity, visit http://www.penvol.org/littlehouse/relax-and-rejuvenate.cfm/#taichi.


Aging Well Is Within Your Reach

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

We don't just sit around at Crane Place.

Read it, do it, and live well longer!

It’s nice to have the researchers confirm what we’ve been saying at Peninsula Volunteers for years: that living well longer requires fitness, intellectual stimulation, and socialization. We actually say that it requires SIX things: add to the above list good nutrition, safe housing and a reason for being.

Peninsula Volunteer programs (Meals on Wheels, Little House, Rosener House, Crane and Partridge-Kennedy Apartments) provide all six factors.

We see that every day. People participating in PV programs are living well and independently longer. Now you know why.

See what the experts say (from 2/19/14 SF Chronicle): http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Aging-well-exercise-mental-stimulation-social-5246368.php

Fitness Your Way – THIS is YOUR Year!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

If you’re don’t like the gym scene or you think that fitness only comes with pain – well, guess again! Now you have several very good alternatives right here at Little House.

            • Our classes are small, so your instruction is more intimate and personal – and affordable.
            • You don’t need to be in top shape. Beginners and folks with the aches and pains are more than welcome.
            • We have all the best of the gentler regimens that are powerful enough to help you keep your flexibility and strength, your posture, and relax you as well.

No fads. No gimmicks. No pressure. No nonsense. Just Fitness Your Way!

To enroll in any of these classes, email Kamilah, or call her at (650) 326-2025 ext. 222.

Samuel Merritt Nurses at Crane Place

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Our Samuel Merritt nursing students have been doing an excellent job of health promotion at Little House, Rosener House and Meals on Wheels.

Come join them at Little House every Thursday morning until Thanksgiving week for: snacks, recipes, screenings, and yet another creative and fun activity to promote healthy living.

What they have also undertaken is to bring the  FUN to our Crane Place Apartments residents in Menlo Park. Click here to take a look.

In the San Mateo Daily Journal: Little House, Big Difference

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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…