We have all heard, and probably used the expression, “You are only as old as you feel.”  Now does that mean how old my knees and back feels or how old my mind feels?  I’m going with my mind’s age.  I’m closing in on celebrating the 31st anniversary of my 39th birthday. 

My knees and back some days feel like they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of my 39th birthday, while my mind is always celebrating my 39th birthday.  Yep, my mind’s age is what I’m going to use, although I have to admit sometimes my knees and back don’t want to play along.

We’ve all heard it: “adults of a certain age” should keep active in both mind and body.  Crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and word searches all keep our mind active.  If you are looking for physical activity, the Los Banos Parks and Recreation has activities at the Los Banos Community Center to help you get up and going–Tai Chi and a walking class for seniors to name a couple.

Also at the Community Center, for some mental stimulation, you will find bridge and various other card games, macho, bingo, and an arts and crafts group.  Los Banos also has a very active pickleball group.  You can get information on all the Community Center activities for seniors by visiting the center at 645 7th Street or calling (209) 827-7034 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

If you are 50 years of age or older, I invite you to become a member of the Los Banos Golden Age Club (aka The Golden Agers).  Dues are $10 per calendar year.  Membership is open to not just Los Banos residents–we have members from Dos Palos, Santa Nella, Gustine and other cities.

Golden Agers members can buy a ticket to our monthly dinner and participate in our trips.  The Golden Agers also have monthly bingo where we have door prizes and cash prizes for our lucky bingo winners. 

Our next trip will be to the newly opened Sky River Casino in Elk Grove on Tuesday, October 18th.  We have already filled our bus for the trip, but members can be added to the waiting list.  The cost is $30, and you get $20 back in slot play at the casino.

In my last president’s message in the Golden Reporter, the monthly newsletter of the Golden Agers, I shared a story that I would like to share with you.

I was visiting a friend of mine who now has his 98-year-old mother living with him and his wife.  Upon greeting her. I asked her how she was doing.  I will always remember her response, “I’m getting so old all my friends in heaven are going to think I didn’t make it.”

Live long and prosper.  And keep them guessing!

From the Ageless Golden Agers will be a regular feature of The Westside Express, submitted by the Los Banos Golden Age Club.

Anthony Parreira