Frank Iszak, founder of Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO), recently retired as executive director of the 10-year-old organization on Aug. 15. In 2003, Frank and his wife Serpil gave their first free yoga class to low-income seniors at the Mira Mesa Senior Center in San Diego.

Frank, who emigrated to the United States in 1957 as a political refugee from Hungary, considers SAYCO “his payment of debt to America, for the privilege of becoming part of this great society.” Now 82, he has decided to dedicate his time to a movie currently in production about his escape from Hungary and life in America.

Amy Roost will take over Frank’s directorship at SAYCO. “While I’ve only know Frank Iszak a few short months, he already inspires me. I am honored to carry out his legacy of empowering seniors to live strong, healthy and independent lives. I look forward to expanding our offering of free yoga to more seniors throughout the region and eventually nationwide,” shared Amy.

Frank and Serpil will be honored at an Oct. 10 celebration at the Powerhouse Community Center in Del Mar. The event is open to the public. For ticket information, contact the SAYCO offices at 858-693-3110.