Mickie and Louise were the first ones through the door when the Yorba Linda Lunch Café program began 22 years ago and they have been friends ever since. The lunch program gives them the chance to indulge in new interests together.
“I’ve been sitting at the same table, in the same chair for 22 years,” says Mickie 87. “I was very shy at first…an introvert. I didn’t talk to anyone. Because of the lunch program, I’ve come out of my shell and met many nice friends. I tell people ‘keep coming, don’t stop’!”
Louise, who lives alone, looks forward to having lunch with Mickie and her other friends at the senior center. “No one wants to eat alone or sit home alone,” she said. “Going to lunch is an outing to socialize.”
While Mickie and Louise come to the Lunch Café to enjoy a nutritious meal and friendship, they also relish the entertainment provided once a month. “I dance up a storm,” Mickie says. “I never danced before coming to the senior center.” Louise added, “The secret to longevity is to stay moving all the time and never quit.”
Mickie lives with her son but says she is never home. “I don’t want to be stuck in a house,” she said. “Coming to the lunch program helps psychologically; it makes happier people. Your mind is more active.”