More than 120 seniors came to the Reno Housing Authority’s first Senior Day event September 20, 2019 at Silverada Manor in northeast Reno. They enjoyed free food, haircuts, manicures, games and even an opportunity to set up email accounts.
The Center of Healthy Aging, a Reno-based nonprofit organization, created the event to encourage interaction within a community known for staying at home. “Isolation is a killer,” says founder and director Larry Weiss. “Hopefully today’s event will help create some relationships that will last so they will come out more often.”
Realtors from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Drysdale Properties donated the time, money and partnerships to make the event possible. “We take one day a year to close our offices and give back to our community,” says organizer Heidi Somhegyi. “And we asked our business partners to help, too—lenders, title companies, inspectors. We have nearly 60 realtors here today.”
Volunteers from Reno’s Paul Mitchell School provided haircuts and manicures. Other local organizations offered raffle prizes and gluten-free food giveaways. All enjoyed the reward of abundant smiles. “These seniors are our lives,” says the Reno Housing Authority’s Elderly Services Administrator, Cathy Steed. “To see so many of our residents having so much fun makes it all worthwhile.”