What's the buzz for area seniors?  It's the Town of Danville's Buzz Sessions.  Buzz Sessions are programs put on monthly by the Town that cover a variety of topics of interest to our senior population.  

Buzz Sessions for January include:

Clipper Cards for Seniors who ride BART! 

Tuesday, January 3, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 
Presenter: BART representative 
Location:  Town Meeting Hall 

Important information for BART riders, BART is transitioning from paper tickets to Clipper Cards, as of 1/1/2012. Come see the representative from BART who will provide a brief overview regarding the transition from tickets to Clipper cards.  The rest of the time will be dedicated toward registering seniors for the Clipper card and handing them out. Seniors must bring proof of eligibility such as a driver's license, passport, ID card or an alien registration/permanent resident card to receive their free card which will allow them to travel at the discounted rate. 

Alternative Forms of Healing: Healing Touch/Acupressure

Tuesday, January 10, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 
Presenter: Sylvia Sharenow, HTCP 
Location:  Town Meeting Hall  

Sylvia will share how healing touch and acupressure are beneficial for good health and healing.  She will explain how each one in its own way can assist in making a big difference in how people feel in their day to day lives. She will also show ways to use healing touch and acupressure on yourself and loved ones at home! 


Learn about Quilts 

Tuesday, January 17, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 
Presenter: Margaret Linderman, Wooden Gate Quilts 
Location:  Town Meeting Hall  

Have you ever wanted to learn how to quilt? Margaret Linderman, from Danville’s local Wooden Gate Quilts will talk about the art of fabric collage, how to make a quilt and the resources to begin.  She has made beautiful quilts and garments using the art of fabric collage technique. Margaret will bring quilts to share during her presentation. 


Discovery Counseling Center-The Blues, Sadness, and Depression 

Thursday, January 19, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  
Presenter:  Kathy Kane, Clinical Director, Discovery Counseling Center 
Location:  Danville Community Center, Las Trampas Room  

Are you, a spouse, or a neighbor sad or depressed? What is the difference? Sadness is transitory, but depression is not. Depression is a common problem in older adults. The symptoms of depression affect every aspect of your life, including your energy, appetite, sleep, and interest in work, hobbies, and relationships. Unfortunately, all too many depressed people fail to recognize the symptoms of depression, or don't take the steps to get the help they need, but help is available. 


Building Better Bones:  How to Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis 

Tuesday, January 24, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
Presenter: Kathy Napoli, RD 
Location:  Town Meeting Hall  

Fifty-five percent of the US population over the age of fifty is at risk of developing osteoporosis. Low bone mass and weak bones are not for women only! Find out which are the bone-building nutrients that can keep your skeleton strong and healthy ... and help you avoid becoming a statistic!   

Senior Housing: Alternatives for Safe and Comfortable Living 
Tuesday, January 31, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 
Presenter: Patrick Carter 

Location:  Town Meeting Hall  
Seniors ages fifty and up know that they have alternatives for safe and comfortable living. Alternatives to be outlined and discussed are: independent living, assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing care, and active adult lifestyle communities. Understanding the features of the alternatives will aid you and your family with decision-making for you and your future.