Located in the heart of St. Helena, Rianda House a thriving senior activity center, offering a one-stop shop approach to connect the community’s senior population to the programs, services and resources needed to support independence and successful aging. With the population of adults ages 65 and older expected to rise by 50% in the next twenty years, the need for such a Center has never been greater.
Last year Jim lost his wife of almost 50 years very suddenly. His grown children would visit occasionally and yet they were all a plane ride away. He stopped eating well, would not leave his house and was showing signs of severe depression. A concerned neighbor suggested that they make a visit to Rianda House to inquire about the daily delivered meals and weekly card games; Jim had always loved to play pinochle with his wife. During their visit, the Executive Director connected Jim with the grief support group offered at Rianda House by Napa Valley Hospice. As a result he has developed new coping skills, met others in his situation and was able to bring himself out of his shell. Today he visits the center 3 to 4 times a week as an active volunteer and program participant who especially enjoys the weekly congregate lunches, pinochle game and Sit & Be Fit exercise class….and who we always see with a smile on his face.
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