By SDCN Editor
San Diego, CA–San Diego Oasis will host its end-of-summer fun with its annual “Taste of Oasis” showcase to encourage local older adult students to go back to school to sample some of its lifelong learning classes and fitness demonstrations coming this fall season.
This year, San Diego Oasis will host the event over two days at both of its locations in East and North County.
On Aug. 28 “Taste of Oasis” will be held at the La Mesa location inside Grossmont Center, and on Aug. 29, the event will be at San Diego Oasis’ new location in Rancho Bernardo. Registration for this free event is not required.
“It’s back-to-school season for everyone, including our older adults! Taste of Oasis has been a community-favorite event in East County for nearly 10 years, and we’re thrilled to bring it in an expanded format to North County to reach even more older adults in the region and provide them an opportunity to experience the power and positive change of San Diego Oasis’ classes, instructors, and resources,” says Simona Valanciute, president and CEO, San Diego Oasis.
Attendees will have a unique opportunity to take a peek at upcoming classes, experience dance and fitness demonstrations, and meet San Diego Oasis instructors. The event will spotlight San Diego Oasis activities, including exercise and fitness, history and humanities, art and art history, and personal enrichment classes. Each dance and fitness demonstration will be 20 minutes.
On Aug. 28, the La Mesa location will feature cardio drumming, Zumba gold, dance, sculpt and tone, line dancing and beyond, better balance (free from falls), and cardio drumming. Technology Learning Specialist Monserrat Callejas will be available to talk to attendees about upcoming technology-related workshops.
On Aug. 29 at Rancho Bernardo location will feature strengthen, sculpt, and soothe, Zumba gold, active total body conditioning, Tai Chi, and a cooking demonstration in Shamily’s Kitchen. Attendees can talk with Digital Divide Program Manager David Beevers about upcoming technology-related workshops
In addition to sampling upcoming classes and participating in fitness demonstrations, attendees can also explore a wide range of vendor resources and network with other San Diego Oasis members and older adults. Coffee and light snacks will also be provided.
With age comes the likelihood of becoming socially isolated, as well as experiencing declines in health and wellness. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, every day 10,000 individuals turn 60 years old. By 2030, it’s estimated that Americans over 60 will comprise nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population. Other research says isolation contributes to a higher risk of high blood pressure, obesity, anxiety, cognitive decline, and even death.
“We welcome new and returning members to attend Taste of Oasis in their neighborhood and encourage them to try something new. Whether it be registering for a class they’ve always wanted to try, making a new friend, or participating in a demonstration, Taste of Oasis provides a chance to step outside their comfort zone into exciting possibilities,” says Valanciute.
To help combat social isolation, San Diego Oasis offers various classes throughout the year to keep older adults vibrant, healthy, and independent. The nonprofit has seen its members blossom after they enroll and begin attending their classes where they meet other older adults and become more active and productive. San Diego Oasis works to foster a positive environment for older adults to thrive by promoting successful aging through lifelong learning programs and focusing on the importance of an active lifestyle and community involvement.