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With a healthy lifestyle and a little bit of luck, Americans can expect to live about 78 years–the current life expectancy in the United States. For some, 78 is a mere suggestion as they continue to live on for decades past this average, with even fewer making it past the century.

So often, we hear the phrase “quality over quantity” when referring to all sorts of life choices, and this is echoed by many when referring to life itself, as some who live well into old age do so with much discomfort, health ailments, and limited happiness. Yet sometimes, we are lucky enough to hear the stories of those who live well past the century mark that still maintain an active, healthy, and happy life.


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Linda (left) and her best friend, Sue

Meet Linda, a long-time resident of California who still lives in the home where she was born and raised. Linda has been working at United Methodist Church in Castro Valley as a secretary for the past 19 years, and she is also one of Spectrum’s valued clients who regularly receives meals through the Senior Meals program.

Linda first learned about the Senior Meals program at United Methodist Church, which is one of Spectrum’s 12 Senior Meals Distribution sites. During the pandemic, she signed up for the program and began selecting several menu items each month that she enjoys and reserving her meals. Recently, Linda sent an email to Spectrum expressing her appreciation for a particular meal she received. She raved about the delicious turkey burger, fresh veggies, and sweet potato tots, and said she would reserve that meal every time it’s offered.

Josie recently joined the Spectrum team, in our Fall Prevention Department, as a Walk With Ease instructor. Walk with Ease is a new class offering from Spectrum and is a 1 hour daily, six-week program that helps seniors use walking as an effective tool to increase strength, improve balance and help ease the symptoms of arthritis. The Walk with Ease program was initially developed through the Arthritis Foundation and Josie had been teaching that class at the San Leandro Senior Center for 7 years before the pandemic shut it down 3 years ago. She has now joined the Spectrum team providing the program.

Spectrum Community Services participated in the 21st annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and our senior neighbors who rely on this essential service to remain healthy and independent at home, now even more so amid a lingering pandemic and high inflation. Spectrum’s celebration included various activities throughout the month of March, including receiving proclamations from various local municipalities.

“In the last year, we have experienced a continued increase in the demand for our services in Alameda County,” said Lara Calvert, Executive Director of Spectrum. “We have been in awe of the outpouring of support so far, and there’s still much we can do to ensure everyone in need of our vital lifeline can benefit from being well-nourished and more connected to our community through this challenging time and beyond.”