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Senior Center Program Earns National Honor

Senior Center Program Earns National Honor


A program designed to let seniors help seniors recently received national recognition for its work.

Henderson’s Heritage Park Senior Facility docent greeter program won honors from The National Council on Aging (NCOA) through its National Institute of Senior Centers 2012 Programs of Excellence Awards.

The docent greeter program earned an honorable mention in the leadership, civic engagement and community development category. The awards are designed “to honor and promote outstanding efforts made by senior centers throughout the nation to offer innovative, creative and replicable programs for older adults.”

Heritage Park Senior Facility’s all-volunteer docent greeter program provides first-time visitors with a personal welcome and facility tour, and assists with program registration. Since its creation in April 2011, the docent greeter program has logged 1,413 facility tours and more than 2,144 volunteer hours.

Senior Athletes Sought for Henderson Games

Senior Athletes Sought for Henderson Games


The city of Henderson is seeking athletes to take part in the 2013 Henderson Senior Games, an annual program that celebrates the spirit of friendly competition with a blend of sporting and social events for athletes ages 50 and over.

Athletes of all skill levels are invited to participate.

Registration opens Feb. 1 and runs through March 15, and costs $15 per person (with the exception of volleyball), which includes a commemorative T-shirt. There is a nominal cost per event, with most events costing $3-$5.

Registration packets are available online at http://www.cityofhenderson.com/parks/special_events/henderson_senior_games.php and at the city’s recreation centers. Although registration will not be accepted after the deadline, walk-ons may be accepted for some events pending space availability.

Senior Center, Apartments to Celebrate Grand Opening

Senior Center, Apartments to Celebrate Grand Opening


A new senior center and low-cost apartment complex makes its debut at the end of March.

The City of Henderson and Nevada H.A.N.D., Inc. will host a grand opening celebration for the Downtown Senior Center and Pacific Pines 4 Senior Apartments at 9:30 a.m. March 29, at 27 E. Texas Ave. in the Water Street District.

Pacific Pines 4 Senior Apartments is an affordable senior housing community that incorporates many sustainable and green building features such as photovoltaic solar energy, LED exterior lighting, high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, solar hot water panels, and high efficiency condensing boilers. The complex features 62 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The property is already fully occupied.

Time to Register for Classes, Programs in 2012

Time to Register for Classes, Programs in 2012


Registration for most winter/spring 2012 classes, events and programs offered by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department begins at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Patrons may choose from four registration methods: online at cityofhenderson.com/parks; by mail; at the self-serve kiosks located at City Hall, Black Mountain Recreation Center, and Henderson Multigenerational Center; or in person at any recreation center. Many programs fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended.

Free Screenings for Fall Risk

Free Screenings for Fall Risk


The Southern Nevada Health District is working with Nevada Geriatric Education Consortium to sponsor Fall Prevention Awareness Day with a series of fall prevention programs.

The health district has set up fall testing for seniors at centers around the Las Vegas Valley Friday. The testing starts at noon and goes until 2:30 p.m. The screenings are free. Those who test positive for being at risk for a fall will be referred to Stepping On a fall prevention program.

Every year more than one-third of adults 65 and older suffer some kind of fall. Of those, one-third is hurt. Research also shows people who fall are likely to fall again, and each fall increases the chance of seriously injury.

Free screening locations:

Saturday in the Park at Senior Center

The City of Henderson recently organized a fun flash mob at the Heritage Park Senior Center in downtown Henderson.

The event was to celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month in July and included seniors, children and everyone in-between in age. Parks and rec officials also put together a flash mob at the Black Mountain Aquatic Complex as part of the festivities.

Care Facility Cited for Operating Without License

A residential care facility in Henderson has been cited by the state for operating without a license.

The State Health Division's Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance led the investigation into the facility at 602 St. Andrews Road. Staff observed three seniors living at the facility; all of them were receiving help with daily task like bathing, eating and taking medications.

This same group home had been cited for operating without a license in January 2011. Clark County Court had issued a preliminary injunction. But the recent follow-up investigation found the facility still operating without a license. The case now moves on to the State Attorney General's office for further prosecution.

Group facilities that operate without a license are subject to serious fines and a potential shutdown of their facilities.