NAAN For Seniors

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SAN Launches New “Neighborhood Activities and Nutrition” Program for Older Adults at Artesia Community Center.

ARTESIA, CA. South Asian seniors migrating to and reuniting with family in the U.S. oftentimes experience feelings of isolation and lack of belonging.  Through intensive case management with South Asian seniors since 2003, South Asian Network (SAN) staff has noticed these concerns with elderly South Asian community members.

After a nearly a year of collaborative efforts, SAN has finally launched a full health, nutrition and activities program for older adults in the Artesia area of Los Angeles county.  The much needed program, “NAAN for Seniors” or “Neighborhood Activities and Nutrition,” as staff and older adults call it, launched on Wednesday, March 12, 2010 with food, dances, and speeches.

In collaboration with Asian Pacific Islander Older Adult Task Force (APIOATF) and the OldTimers Foundation, SAN, South Asian and other Artesia seniors gathered at the Artesia Community Center to celebrate this momentous occasion.  Attendees of the event sampled all the new South Asian nutritious menu that was served.

The NAAN program includes a walking club for older adults, who meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays, to walk and socialize at the Artesia Community Center.  In addition, on Wednesdays, older adults can participate in a South Asian nutritious meal program including vegetables, rice, lentils, fruit, and whole wheat naan. Older adults also attend workshops on nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices.

Sewa Singh, a walking club member notes that “Since the program started, I have been able to come out of my house and meet my friends and be healthy.  This is a great need for people like me.”

SAN Executive Director, Hamid Khan, spoke at the event “The NAAN for seniors program offers a way for communities to continue to build bridges, where our elders can share stories and break bread – break naan with each other.”

Also at the event, Don Knabe, 4th District Supervisor of Los Angeles, Nick Ippolito, his staff person, Victor Manalo, City Council member, George Cole, Executive Director of OldTimers Foundation, Deep Shah, nutritionist, Ashoka Restaurant, and South Asian senior Sudha Mehta all spoke about the benefits such a program create for many people.

Santosh, a senior resident of Artesia affirms, “SAN’s senior programs help me deal with my depression.  I don’t feel stuck at home anymore.”

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