Young at Heart

Young at Heart

Your Help Keeps Lisa Smiling

Born in Korea, Lisa moved to the United States at age 30 with her husband and two young sons.  As an immigrant without English skills, she never completely felt at home. However, she and her husband worked diligently and opened a restaurant in San Carlos, and later in Los Gatos, that they poured the rest of their careers into.

After retiring, Lisa’s sense of purpose in life was shaken. While Lisa enjoyed the rest from an exhausting career, her adult children were busy with their own lives and her siblings were spread across the globe, so she could not help feeling lonely at times. Lisa could feel her enthusiasm for life slipping.

Lisa and her husband first heard about the AACI Senior Wellness Program four years ago from their neighbor Mrs. Wu, who has been coming to AACI since 1992.  Lisa began to attend a few days a week and quickly fell in love with the new friends she met through the Senior Wellness Program as well as the variety of fun activities there are to do.  Now Lisa attends the Senior Wellness Program two to three times a week enjoying very diverse activities such as playing ping pong, celebrating bingo birthday parties, taking English classes, Tai Chi, Yuan Ji dance, karaoke, and line dancing performances. She even learned waltz with her husband!

Today, Lisa’s life has changed for the better and she has found a home at AACI. At 65, she is full of energy, and loves to laugh! “The Senior Center has given me energy. Time flies, but my mind is still young! I feel so excited to have something to look forward to.”

Among staff, Lisa is seen as a “happy medicine” for the Senior Center! Lisa always motivates other participants to stay positive with her cheerful attitude and has encouraged many others to join the Senior Center! “In addition to meeting a lot of people here, I improved not only my English, but my Chinese too.  I really enjoy the Senior Center and I appreciate what it has done for me!” said Lisa with a big smile.