It has been a very long time since my last report to you via this fine publication. COVID-19 was a difficult time for all of us, especially for members of the senior population – confined mainly to your home and being concerned about your loved ones and having to deal with access to food and other necessities. Once the vaccine came out, many of you were either reluctant to venture out or were bedridden and couldn’t leave your home to get that new vaccine.

The Commission on Aging approached the city about the possibility of facilitating a mobile vaccination unit that could come to those that were physically unable to get it themselves. A great big thank you to the city, including members of the City Council and Parks and Recreation, who worked hard to get that done. As a result, health professionals of the Cosumnes Community Services District visited many seniors to vaccinate them at their homes.

Additionally, weekly vaccinations at the Chabolla Center were organized, a project that lasted for months and, even now, COVID testing is still being performed on Thursdays. We all know the inconvenience of having to wear masks everywhere: many places of entertainment were closed, and other restrictions were imposed by governmental decree in different stages for different groups of the population.

Seniors were the demographic most adversely affected by the pandemic, which appears, hopefully, to be behind us (one can always hope). For a good portion of the senior population of the city, social activities, such as the Meals on Wheels Café, the Galt Senior Club and bingo and other fun things that seniors came to enjoy at the Chabolla Center and other places, were completely closed.

The café at the Chabolla Center and the Senior Club are still not active; however, I understand that the café will probably open soon and, as many of you may know, bingo, dance and exercise classes for seniors have returned, and the Galt Senior Resource Center, which for many months has operated virtually, has now reopened. A hearty thank you to Linda Burge for taking on the virtual task!

The Commission on Aging has agreed recently to step into the social activities void and, as a result, Senior Bingo is back as of Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Our first bingo game was, in my humble opinion, a rousing success and the ice cream social preceding the bingo game was very popular as well.

All activities were free, thanks to our generous sponsors: city of Galt, especially Parks and Recreation, SMUD, Cal-Waste, Velvet Grill, Galt Sunrise Rotary, Sunshine Pantry, Express Type & Graphics, L’Chayim Boutique of Galt, Denny’s Restaurant and The Galt Herald. I encourage you to patronize our business sponsors, consider donating to the charitable organizations that support us, like the Sunshine Pantry, and check out the civic organizations like Galt Sunrise Rotary.

There will be free bingo with nice prizes every Monday (except on holidays), from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with some type of snacks or refreshments, and one Monday a month we’ll have some type of social activity as well. Please consider attending and spread the word among your neighbors and friends!

As always, be safe, be healthy and be happy!

Bob Balliet is the chair of the Galt Commission on Aging.