Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. Traditionally, at Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes and decorate poems on red paper. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend, can drive away bad luck.
EXPECTED ATTENDANCE: Approximately 300 seniors
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 22 – Best time to cover is between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
WHY: Many Asian seniors come to Serving Seniors’ Wellness Center for lunches and other social services. Asians represent 25 percent of the client population,15 percent of whom are Chinese. The Center offers more than a meal: it serves as a gathering place that helps combat isolation. Serving Seniors facilitates fun and engaging activities that celebrate its diverse population. The Chinese New Year is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Did you know that 2 in 5 San Diego seniors have to choose between rent and food? For 46 years, Serving Seniors’ innovative solutions have helped San Diego seniors struggling with poverty and hunger, keeping them independent. Healthy seniors remain independent. Independent seniors are able to enjoy life, spend less time in the hospital and often don’t need long term care. With ongoing state and federal budget cuts, Serving Seniors bridges this growing financial gap for seniors and provides a safety net for seniors, who otherwise would have nowhere to turn.
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INTERVIEWS & VISUALS:
- 18 Asians seniors will perform Chinese New Year activities, such as singing, dancing and a sword performance.
- Over 200 low-income seniors from diverse backgrounds gather together to watch the performances and celebrate the diverse traditions in the community.
- Asian seniors share their stories about the impact Serving Seniors makes in their lives and how sharing a meal and activities with good friends is so vital to their health and well being.
- Serving Seniors staff can speak about the high percentage of Chinese seniors who frequent the Wellness Center, including a full time staff member who provides translation in Mandarin.