Deer Valley Senior Center Birthday Party | Inside Phoenix


[SHOW THEME MUSIC] ♪ YOUR MAMA DON’T DANCE
AND YOUR DADDY DON’T ROCK AND ROLL ♪
♪ WHEN EVENING COMES AROUND AND IT’S TIME TO GO TO TOWN ♪
♪ WHERE DO YOU GO TO ROCK AND ROLL ♪
>>THERE’S A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION GOING ON AT
THE DEER VALLEY SENIOR CENTER. LET’S GO FIND OUT WHY.>>MAYOR: THIS IS A YOUNG 90. 90 IS THE NEW 70, OR SOMETHING
LIKE THAT.>>DUGAN: IT’S A BIRTHDAY TO
REMEMBER. ELEVEN SENIORS AT THIS CENTER
ARE TURNING 90 YEARS OLD OR MORE THIS YEAR, AND ONE WILL BE
CELEBRATING 102 YEARS OLD. I’M HERE WITH MEL COSTA. HE’S 93 YEARS YOUNG. HE’S ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO
ACTUALLY HELPED PUT THIS BIG CELEBRATION ON. MEL, HOW DID THIS ALL COME
ABOUT?>>I DON’T KNOW. I’VE BEEN COMING HERE FOR
28 YEARS. I RAN THE BINGO FOR 26 YEARS. I GAVE IT UP BECAUSE I WAS
GETTING TOO OLD FOR IT.>>YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD
FOR BINGO.>>OH, YES. IT’S A VERY TOUGH JOB,
BELIEVE ME. [MUSIC]>>DUGAN: WHAT’S SO SPECIAL
ABOUT THE SENIOR CENTER?>>COSTA: YOU’RE WITH PEOPLE
YOUR OWN AGE LEVEL. YOU’RE NOT WITH BABIES AND
ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF, AND I LOVE IT.>>DUGAN: AND THE 6,000 SENIORS
AT THE 15 DIFFERENT SENIOR CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE CITY ARE
HAVING JUST THAT, A GOOD LIFE AND A GOOD TIME.>>FOLKS COME FOR DIFFERENT
REASONS. THEY COME TO PARTICIPATE IN
GAMES, ACTIVITIES, BINGO, WHATEVER. BUT THESE KIND OF EVENTS
BRINGS OUT THE FUN, AND JUST THE JOY OF LIFE, I THINK. THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO
PARTICIPATE, DANCE, LISTEN TO GOOD MUSIC, VISIT WITH THEIR
FRIENDS. SO THESE TYPE OF EVENTS ARE
REALLY A LOT OF FUN. THIS BRINGS EVERYBODY TOGETHER.>>DUGAN: I’M HERE WITH LORRAINE
ANDERSON, BORN IN 1925. THAT MAKES YOU ABOUT
90 YEARS OLD. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!>>THANK YOU.>>DUGAN: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN
COMING TO THE SENIOR CENTER?>>ANDERSON: I’VE BEEN COMING
THREE AND A HALF YEARS, BECAUSE AFTER MY HUSBAND DIED, I DECIDED
I BETTER DO A LITTLE SOMETHING MORE THAN I WAS. SO I JOINED HERE, AND IT’S BEEN
A GREAT DEAL OF HELP FOR ME.>>DUGAN: TELL ME ONE OF THE
THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT THE SENIOR CENTER.>>ANDERSON: PEOPLE ARE VERY
FRIENDLY, AND ALL THE HELP WE GET IS WONDERFUL. SO IT’S A NICE PLACE TO COME,
GET NICE MEALS. I’M ENJOYING IT.>>THIS IS YOUR EXTENDED FAMILY
AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILY.>>IT IS, IT IS.>>DUGAN: FOR SOME, THESE SENIOR
CENTERS ARE THEIR LIFELINE TO THE COMMUNITY. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COMING
TO THE SENIOR CENTER?>>OH, A GOOD 25 YEARS OR MORE. I LIVE TO COME HERE. IT GETS ME OUT OF THE HOUSE. AND I MINGLE WITH ALL
MY FRIENDS. ♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♪
♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEER VALLEY ♪ ♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♪
>>DUGAN: OF ALL OF THE SENIOR CENTER MEMBERS COMBINED,
283 OF THEM ARE 90 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER. EIGHT MEMBERS ARE CENTARIANS. COLLECTIVELY AT THIS CENTER
ALONE, THERE’S MARION, MEL, FRAN, TRELLA, HELEN, MABEL,
EMILY, HANNELORE, AND LORRAINE. COMBINED AGE THIS YEAR WILL BE
1,028 YEARS OLD. A VERY, VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
YOU ALL.>>THANK YOU FOR INVITING ME TO
COME FOR THIS VERY, VERY AWESOME CELEBRATION, BECAUSE IN MY TIME,
ON BOTH CITY COUNCIL AND AS MAYOR, I’VE COME TO THE ABSOLUTE
CONCLUSION THAT THE SENIOR CENTERS THROW THE BEST PARTIES.>>IF YOU’RE NEW IN TOWN, YOU
WANT TO COME TO THE CENTERS, COME CHECK ONE OUT. THERE’S ONE NEAR YOU, AND
YOU CAN HAVE A LOT OF FUN, MEET A LOT OF NEW FRIENDS,
AND HAVE A GREAT MEAL.>>DUGAN: YOU CAN EVEN FIND OUT
THE SECRET TO LIFE.>>WHAT’S THE SECRET TO LIFE? WELL, LET ME SAY THIS TO YOU. THE GOOD LORD BLESSED ME A LOT,
AND HE CONTINUES TO BLESS ME, AND IF HE’S BLESSING YOU, YOU’RE
GOING TO HAVE A GOOD LIFE.>>DUGAN: SO WHAT IS YOUR
SECRET TO LIFE?>>I DON’T KNOW. I THINK IT’S ALL THAT ITALIAN
COOKING THAT WE DID, THE OLIVE OIL.>>DUGAN: FOR PHXTV, I’M
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