Bella Vida gets into the Fourth of July spirit

Volunteers and staff at the Bella Vida Senior Center donned their most festive, patriotic attire, decorating the center’s parking lot with red, white and blue to make this quarantined Fourth of July holiday memorable for seniors.  Though the center’s annual celebration was canceled due to stay-at-home restrictions, staff and volunteers

How to combat social isolation in seniors

As the “Safer at Home” order is extended until May 15, many seniors are beginning to feel the effects of self-isolation, especially loneliness.  In fact,

A wild ride to 95

Saugus resident Don Kuehl recently celebrated his 95th birthday at the Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments. After cake and some laughs with his friends, Kuehl reflected

Bella Vida celebrates Knights of Royals

The ballroom of the Bella Vida senior center transformed into a royal palace during the annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner fundraiser Saturday. Senior center staff, guests

Celebrating Black History Month through music

To celebrate Black History Month, seniors at Bella Vida senior center learned about African-American history through music.  Seniors enjoyed soul food cuisine while musicians performed

Seniors celebrate Mardi Gras

Bella Vida brought a piece of Louisiana to more than 350 seniors Wednesday at the senior center to celebrate the holiday Mardi Gras, with traditional

Senior center creative writing class promotes bonding and individuality

Every Monday, Teri Crane hosts a creative writing class at the senior center. During the class, Crane, who took over teaching the class five years ago after she retired and wanted to use her master’s degree in writing, teaches a lesson about the craft of writing then suggests a topic and has the group write for about 20 minutes.

Alley Oops bowling team puts new spin on the sport

Ruby Peeters is the coach of the senior center’s Alley Oops bowling team, which, instead of playing in a traditional bowling alley, plays the “Wii Sports” version of the game every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

CarFit program helps keep seniors safe behind the wheel

The Bella Vida senior center hosted a CarFit class on Tuesday to help make car travel safer for seniors.
CarFit is an educational program hosted by the AARP and the California Highway Patrol to provide comprehensive reviews of how drivers of advanced age can better optimize the safety of their driving experience.

Longtime SCV resident turns 103

At 103 years old, longtime Santa Clarita Valley resident David Gilbert said his secret to longevity is going for walks and eating chocolate. In his