Redwood City-area seniors have access to resource hotline

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Local seniors don’t have to deal with boredom, as they are one phone call away from their next fun, enriching activity.

Launched last year, 70 Strong is a free personal resource guide to services and activities for residents 60 and over in Redwood City and surrounding communities. Simply call (650) 780-7547 for yourself or a family member, and volunteer navigators will help connect you to a number of activities and resources in southern San Mateo County, from fitness classes to volunteer opportunities.

“Let’s suppose you need to exercise and you have fallen out of the habit, navigators will help you decide if you want to try Tai Chi, yoga, or senior softball in Redwood City, where the oldest player is 90 and the youngest 50,” Laurie Kretchmar said at last week’s City Council meeting.

The navigators are dedicated to ensuring seniors can stay healthy and active, Kretchmar added.

For those who’d rather search online than call a navigator, you can search the 70 Strong directory for activities, which includes up-to-date information on more than 400 programs from 235 partner organizations.

70 Strong also connects seniors to community services, specific support groups, caregiver resources and even tax prep service locations.70 Strong is an initiative of Sequoia Healthcare District in partnership with Peninsula Family Service.

The service is designed for residents of Atherton, Belmont, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, San Carlos, Woodside, and parts of Foster City, Menlo Park and San Mateo.