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Program partners kids, elderly for cooking and crafting visits

on June 11, 2011

The North Oakland Senior Center had some young visitors on Friday as a group of third graders from Peralta Elementary School came to visit the seniors of an adult day care program at the center. Together with the elderly, the kids prepared salad and lemonade for lunch. Peralta Elementary School has partnered with the program for four years and pupils come to visit the seniors every month, either cooking or making handicrafts with them.

The adult day care program, offered by Bay Area Community Services, hosts about 25 seniors every day and the average age of the attendants is 82, said program director Roberta Tracy. With games, puzzles and exercise activities, Tracy said the program provides a wonderful place for seniors to socialize and interact. “It’s amazing to see these people bond, ” she said. “Most of them don’t see each other outside the program.”

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