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Huntington Beach Council on Aging Spring Fling Annual Luncheon

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Huntington Beach Council On Aging Hosts annual Spring Fling to Celebrate Its Members

Huntington Beach, Calif..―Council on Aging, which operates at the Michael E. Rodgers Senior Center in Huntington Beach, hosted an annual, festive event, Spring Fling. With many of the women wearing pink and spring colors, a room of close to 200 attendees brightened and complimented the table centerpiece flower arrangements filled with tulips.

A special luncheon menu and entertainment by the performing group, Take Three, were part of the event activities that honored Council on Aging members who have been "on board" ten years or more. Cathy Meschuk, President, announced the names, including one who has been involved for 30 years!

What is the Council on Aging? While all the names of various groups can seem confusing, the Council on Aging is pretty easy to understand. The Council on Aging (COA) was formed to enhance the dignity and quality of life to Huntington Beach seniors, often the forgotten population. Responding to the evolving needs of senior citizens through advocacy, Huntington Beach's Council on Aging came into existence as the result of a model, Orange County Council On Aging.


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Formed in 1973, its board voted to officially recognize and sanction the Huntington Beach Council on Aging by the City of Huntington Beach. Funding mechanisms were sought and with a newly-formed partnership with the City, things started happening. Offered use of Huntington Beach Parks and Recreation building space, the non-profit organization entered an agreement with the City, one of several such agreements to organizations provided physical building space  by the City of Huntington Beach. These groups include Huntington Beach Historical Society, which operates the Newland House; Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum; Huntington Beach Youth Shelter in Central Park; and Rodgers Senior Center, operated by the Council on Aging.

The Council on Aging divides its operations into two programs--Seniors Outreach Centers and Michael E. Rodgers Senior Center. Outreach operations include services to those who often are not capable of driving. Transportation, care management, meals to homes and organizing the hours of volunteerism required to make the program work (close to 40,000 hours in some years), are huge tasks requiring constant effort in a city whose population has grown from around 60,000 to 200,000 in less than 50 years. With an aging population known as the boomers now officially reaching retirement age, such community support systems will see increasing needs for funding into the future.

Michael E. Rodgers Senior Center is the physical building where the Council on Aging operates and maintains offices. It takes up a portion of the building, while the Senior Center meeting facilities play host to a full schedule of classes and activities such as singing, dancing, cards, bingo, taxes consulting, computers, yoga and more.

SENIORS’ OUTREACH CENTER (services to seniors in need living in Huntington Beach)
1718 Orange Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 960-2478

MICHAEL E. RODGERS SENIORS' CENTER (scheduled activities, luncheon meals, socializing, tax assistance, etc.)
1706 Orange Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-9387

HUNTINGTON BEACH COUNCIL ON AGING (board of directors, policy-making, newsletter production, etc.)