“MODESTO SENIORS PROVE IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR LOVE”
Thanks to Senior Programs Focusing on Employment and ‘Social Networking’ after Retirement Play Cupid for Local Couple
MODESTO, Calif.-- Fred Reno, 73, of Modesto, is a retired salesperson who stays active, thanks to a local senior employment initiative called the CareMore Health Plan ‘Believers’ program. One day while at work, he caught the attention of Gloria Feeback, 69, a member of the local ‘Super Singles’ club-- and a new romance blossomed.
Fred and Gloria met at the Gallo Center for the Arts during a “Duets” event sponsored by his employer, CareMore. Gloria is one of many seniors in Modesto that are a part of the “Duets” unique arts social networking program designed for mature adults who are single, divorced, widowed, or caregivers for a spouse/significant other unable to get out.
“It’s important to stay active in the community,” says Fred. “Being with Gloria helps me be stay active— we take walks at the Vintage Fair Mall at 6 a.m. with Club Fit once a week.”
Fred is a CareMore “Believer”, which is part the health plan’s mission to keep seniors active and involved in the community. CareMore Health Plan has hired a number of area seniors, over the age of 65, to work part-time to assist the customer service and sales departments with a variety of tasks. “Believers” also provide information on prevention, wellness and local resources at care centers and health fairs, including the ‘Duets’ events at the Gallo Center.
“Once you retire and get out of the fast lane of dating, you slip into a world of sassy seniors,” said Reno. “When I saw Gloria, she had the biggest most genuine smile. She’s relaxed and she smiles all the time.”
The couple says they are thankful for the community’s resources to help patrons easily find others who share their interests in the different types of performances presented at the Center, such as Broadway productions, big band shows, distinguished speakers and other events.
Gloria stays active through her ‘Super Singles Club’— she never met her match there but she enjoys the camaraderie, friendships and activities such as dances and dining out together. She is also a volunteer at the Delta Blood Bank and a member of the Modesto Garden and Cactus Club.
“You just have to focus on being happy and I’m glad I met such a fantastic person,” said Reno. “Fred and I travel together and we are having so much fun together.”
The couple will be spending their first Valentine’s Day together at the Gallo Center’s special event featuring the Vienna Boys Choir on Sunday, February 13.
Fred has three daughters, one son, and has been a widow since 2009. Gloria, a retired realtor, has three daughters and has been divorced since 2003 and is also currently a member of the CareMore Health Plan.