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Reward yourself with the gift of friendship, health and education

Golden Opportunity is a membership program that promotes an active, heathy and independent lifestyle designed for men and women 50 years and older. Our program provides a unique platform to connect, learn and build relationships through activities that are both uplifting and educational. These offerings are geared toward promoting physical health, emotional wellness, risk reduction, disease prevention and behavioral lifestyle interventions.

Studies have shown that participation in social activities can boost mental health, cognitive function, improve quality of life and lead to an increased lifespan in adult seniors. At Ochsner Health, we recognize your need for information and services that provide options and support through life’s changes. We want to be your partner on your pathway to better health!

Golden Opportunity Program benefits:

  • Create a healthier mind, body and spirit.
  • Attend monthly meetings, luncheons and day trips in and around the community.
  • Learn about physical and emotional wellness at educational and wellness seminars.
  • Meet people in the same stage of life who want to be active and healthy.
  • Explore and travel to exotic places with overnight trips and extended travel opportunities.
  • Enjoy discounts at Ochsner optical shops, cafeterias, and gift shops.

Our vision: inspiring healthier lives and stronger communities

Golden Opportunity events offer our members an opportunity to meet people, learn something new and explore the surrounding community. Each member can be as active as you’d like, or only choose the events that appeal most to you. Our goal is for everyone to feel comfortable and relaxed in a safe environment. You do not have to be a patient of Ochsner to become a member.

Complete the online application or give us a call at 225-236-5496 for more information.

Meet Our Team

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Cindy Wilks
Senior Development Manager
Phone: 225-236-5496

Golden Opportunity
15330 Randi Court
Baton Rouge, LA 70769

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Cassie Broussard
Program Coordinator - Baton Rouge Region
Phone: 225-755-4984

Ochsner 65 Plus - Bocage
7949 Jefferson Hwy., Suite B 
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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Sabrina Champagne
Program Coordinator - Greater New Orleans Region
Phone: 504-371-6541

Ochsner Health Center - Lapalco
4225 Lapalco Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072

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Gwendolyn Clement
Program Coordinator - North Shore Region
Phone: 985-875-2799

Ochsner 65 Plus - Covington
1581 N Highway 190
Covington, LA 70433

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Lori Hosch
Special Services Coordinator
Phone: 985-875-2799

Ochsner 65 Plus - Covington
1581 N. Highway 190
Covington, LA 70433

Membership & Event Calendars

Become a member

The cost to join Golden Opportunity is $30 per member and $50 for a member and spouse/partner. After joining, the annual membership fee is only $20 per person. Golden Opportunity is a valuable program for our adult seniors, and we are proud to offer a variety of opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles. Our activities vary each month; however, we always include a monthly meeting and a day trip. As a member, you’ll receive a monthly calendar explaining the upcoming month’s events. Registering for events can be done online, by mailing your registration form or simply call the office and we can assist you.

Calendar of events & locations

Baton Rouge Region

Ochsner 65 Plus - Bocage
7949 Jefferson Hwy., Suite B
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Greater New Orleans Region

Ochsner Health Center - Lapalco
4225 Lapalco Blvd., 2nd Floor
Marrero, LA 70072

North Shore Region

Ochsner 65 Plus - Covington
1581 N. Highway 190
Covington, LA 70433

Rewards, Resources & Benefits

Explore the rewards of joining Golden Opportunity 

Journalist Betty Friedan said it best, “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” As we grow older, we have an opportunity to shape and mold our lives into something we like. The days of rushing from one thing to the next always wondering how we will get it all done are behind us. Now is the time to put yourself first and embrace your happiness and personal growth. At Golden Opportunity we like to call it “aging with intention.” Let us be your partner towards self-fulfillment, growth, and expansion of your physical, mental and emotional well-being.

    Our program allows you to meet people and stay active. Being socially engaged can improve your mood, sharpen your memory skills and increase your lifespan. Studies show it also lowers your risk for developing some health problems like dementia, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. All people benefit when they're connected and engaged. Continue to grow, learn, and push boundaries by attending our educational seminars, social activities or enjoying our group travel.

    Travel opportunities

    Day trips: One day bus trip taken by Motorcoach to exciting and adventurous locations in Louisiana and nearby states.

    Overnight and extended travel: Whether you’re looking to set sail on a cruise, journey the countryside by train, explore the sights and sounds of the United States or travel to faraway lands in other countries; we offer all of it. Group travel is the safest and most affordable way to check off the travel goals on your bucket list.

    Social activities

    Monthly meetings: Educational seminars given by local physicians and community leaders on an assortment of topics such as health, finance, legal, safety, dental health, medications, crafts and more.

    Lunch and learn: Delight in a delicious meal while learning about interesting topics that affect our health and community. Presentations are given by leading physicians and local leaders.

    Wellness sessions: Everything from hearing checks, flu shots, grief support and so much more.

      Broadway productions: Experience award-winning Broadway plays housed in the twinkling star-lined ceiling of the Saenger Theatre to viewing the best talent offered by local community theater. A wonderful way to satisfy your cultural cravings!

      Movie review: Enjoy the latest box office favorites on the big screen with new friends. Add a box of popcorn with drink and it’s the perfect afternoon delight.

      Cooking demonstrations: Local chefs share their love of heart healthy cooking in live cooking demonstrations. Learn everything from how to find the freshest ingredients to pairing the right foods for better health.

      Breakfast/coffee gatherings and dine arounds: Meet at area restaurants and coffee spots for friendly conversation and good food.

      Technology seminars & assistance: Learn about innovative technology like digital medicine and virtual visits. We also help with learning how to work your mobile devices, ipads, laptops, and social media applications.

      Medicare advantage seminars: Prior to annual open enrollment we invite many of the managed care companies to explain what’s new and changing with their program for the upcoming year.

      Holiday celebration: We love a good theme, and the new year is our time to gather all members from the surrounding regions together to eat, laugh, dance and enjoy.

      Book club: We choose a single book to read each month, then come together to share our opinions or explore deeper meanings through each member’s insight.

        Garden club: Together we share our trade secrets through education and hands-on activities. Whether you have a green-thumb, or you’re just getting started, there is always something to lean, new plants to discover and new ways to be inspired.

        We are always looking for new and exciting ideas to keep our members engaged and socially active. You can email suggestions or call 225-236-5496.

        Additional benefits:

        There are many benefits of being a Golden Opportunity member. Listed below are some additional savings, programs and other opportunities you can enjoy as a member.

        Great savings

        • 20% Discount: Southport Cafe and Bistro 42
        • 15% Discount: Ochsner Optical Shops (eyeglasses and accessories)
        • 15% Discount: Brent House Hotel Beauty Salon
        • 10% Discount: Ochsner Gift Shop
        • Discounted overnight rate with the Brent House Hotel

        Referral program

        At Golden Opportunity we celebrate our members and encourage you to refer friends and family to join the fun. For every friend that becomes a member you’ll receive an entry into our grand prize drawing for autographed Saints memorabilia.

        Regional attendance award program

        The person from each region who attends the most Golden Opportunity events for the year will be awarded with a free Golden Opportunity membership for the upcoming year. The member of the Golden Opportunity Program who attends the most events will also be awarded framed artwork by Becky Fos.

        Gift certificates available

        Do you know someone over the age of 50 that would benefit from spending time with other adults? Gift your friend or family member with a Golden Opportunity membership. The cost for membership is $30 per member and $50 for member and spouse/partner. Each gift certificate for a new member will earn you an entry into our grand prize drawing for the referral program.

        Volunteer opportunities

        Volunteer opportunities are available at Ochsner Health! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we would love to have you. Please contact Volunteer Services at 504-842-5085 or for more information on how to become an Ochsner Volunteer.

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