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Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) Meals on Wheels receives $1,250 for Participation in Meals on Wheels America’s 2016 March for Meals

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Funding for the 14th Annual Awareness Campaign Made Possible by Subaru’s Share the Love Event

Menlo Park, CA, June 30, 2016 – PVI Meals on Wheels is proud to announce that it has received a $1,250 grant award from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 14th Annual March for Meals campaign. This past March was PVI Meals on Wheels’ 10th year participating in the national Meals on Wheels awareness campaign designed to celebrate the proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten.

PVI Meals on Wheels celebrated March for Meals-Community Champions Day on March 23rd.   The annual breakfast event was attended by a member of the San Mateo County Supervisors and elected mayors and council members from each of the eight cities/towns PVI Meals on Wheels delivers.  In addition, representatives from Sequoia Healthcare District (a key funder) and San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services attended.  “We are excited to have the Mayors from the cities we serve engage in a hands-on experience with such a vital human service – driving the meals to our homebound seniors.  As people are living longer, national studies show that senior hunger is a major health threat. There is no more basic need than food, and about 16,000 seniors in San Mateo County alone – our most vulnerable population – face the peril of hunger. Without these daily hot meals and safety checks our seniors would be truly alone and at great risk,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of PVI Meals on Wheels.

Nearly $400,000 has been granted to 265 local Meals on Wheels programs and one Meals on Wheels America-affiliated State Association based on their March for Meals efforts. This year’s grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc. and its eighth annual Share the Love Event. During the event held from November 19, 2015 through January 2, 2016, $250 was donated to a customer’s choice of a national or hometown charity for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased. Meals on Wheels America has been a participating national charity since the event’s inception in 2008.  Locally, Putnam Subaru donated $2,500 to support the PVI March for Meals event.

“The March for Meals grant program is our way of recognizing Meals on Wheels America Members for their efforts to raise awareness and much-needed support for the critical service they provide their communities,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Together, we can change the way this country cares for its seniors.”  For more information, visit marchformeals.com.

About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula.  PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center.  www.penvol.org

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

Sequoia Healthcare District Awards Grants to Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. Funding Will Improve Health of Community Seniors

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

June 28, 2016 – Menlo Park, CA  At a luncheon presentation for awardees on June 23, 2016, Sequoia Healthcare District renewed its commitment to the health and welfare of residents of the District by giving Caring Community Grants to 41 organizations, including two programs of Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.(PVI)—Meals on Wheels and Rosener House Adult Day Services.  

Meals on Wheels was awarded $100,000 to assist District residents who are not able to cook and shop for themselves by delivering a hot, nutritious meal every day.  Currently, PVI Meals on Wheels delivers over 1,700 meals weekly to San Mateo County residents.   The Meals on Wheels delivery team are trained to do wellness checks on participants while delivering meals, a vital component of the program.   

Rosener House Adult Day Services was awarded $75,000 to help families in the District access the day program which promotes health, independence, and dignity for older adults with limitations and chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, post-stroke, and Parkinson’s disease, preventing hospitalizations and premature institutionalization.  Family caregivers are provided much-needed respite from their constant responsibilities plus support services.  All PVI programs are designed to help residents age in place.  

The Sequoia Healthcare District is committed to returning to the community 100% of property tax revenue in health-related programs and services.  Its mission is to improve the health of District residents by enhancing access to care and promoting wellness.  In total, District grants and programs directly benefit at least 50,000 residents per year, or about one out of every 4.5 residents.  The District is mindful of the health needs of all residents focusing primarily on vulnerable populations with special attention directed to dental, mental health, the elderly and the young child. 

Contact:  Peter Olson, CEO Phone:  650-326-0665 X 5010 polson@peninsulavolunteers.org www.penvol.org

www.sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com

About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula.  PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center. 

PVI “Meals on Wheels” Receives “Subaru Share The Love” Grant from Meals On Wheels America (MOWA)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Subaru’s “Share The Love” sales event helping to drive away senior hunger

 

Menlo Park, CA —March 28, 2016 Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) “Meals on Wheels” program is proud to announce it has been awarded a significant grant from Meals On Wheels America (MOWA) for its participation in the Subaru “Share the Love” sales event with local dealership, Putnam Subaru of Burlingame.

 

Subaru of America donated $250 for every new vehicle sold/leased from November 20, 2015 to January 2, 2016 to the customer’s choice of one of four charities, including MOWA. With Subaru of America’s support, MOWA will award $200,000 in “Share the Love” grants to local Meals On Wheels programs that partner with local Subaru dealerships in the fight to end senior hunger. Al Vasquez, General Manager, Putnam Subaru, said “We are proud to engage in this community initiative supporting the staff and volunteers who deliver meals for the Meals on Wheels program in San Mateo County.”

 

“There are over 1 million seniors facing hunger in California; over 16,000 seniors are food insecure/hungry in San Mateo County,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director PVI Meals on Wheels. “Hunger has a staggering impact on seniors’ health, emotions, and overall quality of life.  For so many of our homebound seniors, our hot nutritious meals are their only meal of the day!” PVI Meals on Wheels program will use the funds from Subaru to assist the delivery of weekend meals for the most vulnerable older adults.

 

About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

For almost 70 years PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula. PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives. As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence and sense of usefulness. Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) provides innovative services to support aging adults in the mid-Peninsula and Silicon Valley:  Senior Affordable Housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center. Delivering more than $8 million in services annually to 4,500 households, including 1500 weekly hot meals to seniors and the homebound, PVI focuses on senior independence and aging with dignity.  www.peninsulavolunteers.org

 

About Meals On Wheels America

The Meals On Wheels America (MOWA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need.  MOWA’s mission is to end senior hunger by 2020.  The PVI Meals on Wheels program, celebrates 38 years of service this year, serves 12 cities, towns and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, with approximately 400 meals prepared, packed and delivered to clients each day.

 

PVI Meals On Wheels Celebrates 2016 March For Meals

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Support will help to fight senior isolation and hunger in San mateo County

Menlo Park, CA (March 9, 2016) – PVI Meals on Wheels announced today that it will be participating in the 14th Annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration for national and local Meals on Wheels programs, serving homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on this vital nutrition safety net service. PVI Meals on Wheels’ March for Meals, serving San Mateo County, celebration will begin with a breakfast on March 23, 2016, followed by meal delivery by dignitaries and community leaders:  Mayors and Council members from the cities and towns served by PVI Meals on Wheels will personally deliver meals to demonstrate their support for our community’s older adults in-need.

“We are proud to have our Community Champions – mayors, councilmembers, supervisors, and funders get hands-on experience with this most vital human service.  National studies show that senior hunger is a major health hazard.  There is no need more basic than food, and about 16,000 seniors in San Mateo County alone, our most vulnerable population, face the threat of hunger.” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of PVI Meals on Wheels. “Raising awareness and charitable funding, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the funding gap for the nonprofits that operate local Meals on Wheels programs.   San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, said, “PVI Meals on Wheels provides a critical service for food insecure seniors –  our fathers, grandmothers – people that built the communities we live in today. I support this event annually, and hope that each person who has a senior in their families will support PVI Meals on Wheels as well.  Click here to donate to PVI Meals on Wheels.

“The Meals on Wheels ‘more than just a meal’ model addresses three of the biggest threats of aging: isolation, hunger, and loss of independence,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “More than ever, we must join forces to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”

About PVI

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) provides innovative services and housing to support aging adults in the mid-Peninsula and Silicon Valley.  High quality and nurturing programs engaging seniors so they are cared for and respected as vital community members is critical to PVI’s mission. Focusing on an active mind and body, experienced in a social environment, allows aging adults to embrace the symptoms of aging with health and a sense of self-worth and self-sufficiency; improving their quality of life.

Through four programs – Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, Senior Affordable Housing and the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, more than $8 million in services are delivered each year to 4,500 households, including 130,000 hot meals to seniors and the homebound.   www.peninsulavolunteers.org.

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors San Mateo County and across the country, visit www.marchformeals.com

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org

 

PVI’s Meals on Wheels Receives Grant from the Peninsula Health Care District

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Meals on Wheels Volunteer Stephen Kane also Recognized for Outstanding Service

Menlo Park, CA —Feb. 9, 2016 Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., (PVI) is pleased to announce that it has received a supportive grant from the Peninsula Health Care District’s (PHCD) Community Grants Program. This grant will be used to expand the delivery region for Meals on Wheels, which provides hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors throughout San Mateo

“The Peninsula Health Care District (PHCD) is proud to support local organizations that have made an impact on our community,” said District Board Chair Lawrence W. Cappel, Ph.D. “Our Community Grants Program supports health-focused organizations that bring much needed services to District residents. We are honored to support their important work, which helps us carry out our mission.”

The PVI Meals on Wheels program delivers 1,300 meals each week to San Mateo residents who suffer from “food insecurity”, which the USDA defines as “reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet, and/or disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake”. Meals on Wheels provides a nutritiously balanced, hot meal to combat the symptoms of food insecurity. PVI relies on charitable donations, both in-kind and financial, to provide this critical service to our aging adults in the community.

At the eighth annual Community Partners Awards Ceremony on January 28, 2016, PHCD awarded the 2016 grants to local organizations. In addition, each organization had an opportunity to recognize a key volunteer who helps support their mission and makes a significant contribution to the community. PVI recognized volunteer Stephen Kane for providing consistent, passionate delivery service to Meals on Wheels’ clients.

“Stephen is a strong advocate for both clients and for the Meals on Wheels program,” said PVI Meals on Wheels Program Director Marilyn Baker-Venturini. “We frequently call on Stephen for extra delivery days, sometimes even on the same day. He is always willing to help us out. In addition, Stephen helps to orient new volunteer drivers to the
program—he takes them on ride-alongs and makes sure they understand the responsibilities of a nutrition deliverer; providing more than ‘just a meal.’ Delivery staff and volunteers offer clients friendship and care they might not receive from anyone else.”

Every year, PHCD awards grants to local organizations that address local health priorities and help carry out the vision of the District: that all residents enjoy optimal health through education, prevention, and access to needed health care services. Community Grant recipients are chosen based on a review of local health care needs and the evolving priorities of District communities. In 2016, Peninsula Volunteers is one of 29 local organizations to receive a grant from PHCD, a community investment of $1.9 million. Since 1996, PHCD has invested more than $30 million to local organizations through the Community Grants Program.

PVI provides high quality and nurturing programs so seniors are engaged, cared for and respected as vital community members. Focusing on an active mind and body, experienced in a social environment, allows aging adults to embrace the symptoms of aging with health and a sense of self-worth and self-sufficiency; improving their quality of life.

Through its programs – Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, more than $5 million in services are delivered each year to 4,500 households, including 130,000 hot meals to seniors and the homebound. Peninsula Volunteers Properties (PVP) provides 82% of the affordable senior housing in Menlo Park. www.peninsulavolunteers.org

About the Peninsula Health Care District:

Created by state legislation and launched by local voter approval in 1947, the Peninsula Health Care District serves the communities of San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo and Foster City by responding to local priorities and allocating resources to programs and services that address these needs. For more information, visit

www.peninsulahealthcaredistrict.org

Minding Our Elders: Steps to take when planning for future caregiving

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Dear Carol: I’m an only surviving adult child. My parents, who are in their late 70s, have been healthy and active all of their lives. They have no trouble keeping track of their medications. They haven’t fallen and don’t have memory problems beyond what you’d expect with age. Even then, as I see the years pass I know that one day I’ll be a caregiver in that I’ll be making decisions for them. How do I prepare? — Gerald

Dear Gerald: Your parents have been blessed with good health and long lives but, as you’ve acknowledged, few people live with great health until the end of their days. It’s smart and caring of you to want to prepare for the time when they will likely need assistance.

First, it’s essential that you discuss the legal work. Even if your parents have had powers of attorney for health and finances drawn up, these documents need to be re-examined routinely. They likely have each other listed first as their appointed agent, but it’s possible that at this stage of their lives they may want to include you as the alternate if they haven’t done so already. Also, their wills should be written to address what they want done when one spouse dies as well as what they want to happen when they are both gone.

From there, my advice is to have an open, ongoing dialogue with them about their preferences as they age. If you see them often, make it a natural part of the conversation from time to time.  Ask questions about how your grandparents lived their last years. As an alternative, asking questions about their friends who may be facing the same issues as they face can be a good opener for a conversation about your parents’ choices.

Close couples often become like one in their support of each other, filling in gaps in memory and abilities. That’s good. Honor this as part of their marriage. Try to be aware of important changes, though, being careful not to be overly intrusive or overbearing. If your parents stay cognitively sound, respect that fact though you can invite them to ask for your input at any time.

If they are still in their own home and want to stay there, you could investigate home upgrades for elder safety. You also may want to look into retirement-living options with graduated care so that if one spouse needs assisted living and the other needs nursing services they can remain in the same complex. Once you have information on some viable options, you can work the information into the ongoing, flexible conversation.

It may be helpful for you to become familiar with a new government website at aging.gov. Here you’ll find your parents’ state listed and from that point you’ll see that state’s resources. You can explore links at your leisure so that when the time comes that you need helpful resources you’ll be prepared.

Educate yourself about end-of-life care, as well, including how far to take treatments and when to look at palliative care or hospice. Talk with your parents to make certain that they understand the different options.

Most of all, reassure your parents that you want to comply with what they would choose as much as reality will allow. Don’t make promises that you might not be able to keep, but assure them that you’ll do your best to follow their wishes.

Carol Bradley Bursack is the author of a support book on caregiving and runs a website supporting caregivers at www.mindingourelders.com. She can be reached at carolbursack@msn.com.

Meals on Wheels Reduces Loneliness in Seniors

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

A Report from Newsmax Health – Social isolation is common among many U.S. seniors, particularly during the holidays. But, home-delivered meals can significantly reduce their feelings of loneliness, new research finds. The study involved more than 600 people in eight U.S. cities who were on waiting lists for Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers food to homebound seniors. They were randomly selected to have daily fresh meal delivery to their home, weekly frozen meal delivery or to remain on the waiting list.

At the start of the study, seniors in all three groups had similar levels of loneliness. After 15 weeks, loneliness levels remained the same among those on the waiting list, but had fallen among those who received fresh or frozen meal deliveries at home. Also, seniors with daily meal delivery were three times more likely than weekly recipients to indicate that home-delivered meal service helped them feel less lonely, the researchers reported.

“This continues to build the body of evidence that home-delivered meals provide more than nutrition and food security,” said lead author Kali Thomas, assistant professor (research) of health services, policy and practice at Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, R.I. She hopes the findings will assist policymakers as they make decisions about programs that provide services to the elderly in their homes. “In a time when resources are being further constrained and demand is increasing, it is important that we have evidence that guides decision-making in terms of what services to provide and how best to provide them,” Thomas said in a university news release.

Many of the study participants were socially isolated. More than half lived alone, 14% said they had no one to call on for help, 20% said they were in touch with family and friends less than once or twice a month, and only 25% said they took part in group activities. “The number of people who reported they had no one to call on for help is a cause for concern,” Thomas said.

Raymond’s Health & Well Being, Supported by Meals on Wheels

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

“Some are more unfortunate than I am. I am so grateful for the Meals on Wheels program.” These are the words spoken by Raymond, an 85-year old Redwood City man and current client with PVI’s Meals on Wheels program.

Raymond was born in 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. In 1971, he moved to Redwood City to take care of his aging father until he passed away in 1982. He worked as a computer programmer for a military defense company in Belmont, and after his father’s death, he became an avid traveler, visiting friends in Brazil and the Dominican Republic. His work and traveling came to an abrupt end in 1985, when Raymond suffered a heart attack on the job. His condition required
surgery, and from there, Raymond’s health continued to decline.

Over the years, he suffered from numerous effects of the procedure resulting in the insertion of a pacemaker and an additional surgery to replace a portion of his heart. Raymond steadily lost weight—close to 30 pounds. He could not prepare food for himself and became dependent on canned foods. His doctor became concerned that Raymond was suffering from malnutrition.

Additionally, the doctor realized that Raymond lived alone and didn’t drive, so she referred him to PVI’s Meals on Wheels program. Raymond has been a Meals on Wheels client for a little over a year. In that time, his diet has improved, he is no longer malnourished, and he says that he “hasn’t touched one of those cans.” Raymond smiled and shared that the Meals on Wheels program “doesn’t just deliver a hot, nutritious meal.” Rather, the volunteer drivers spend time chatting with him, engaging in conversation, which is often the only contact he has with anyone during the day. “Meals on Wheels saved my life…and now that I feel healthier, I enjoy my days much more!”

Aging in America, Through Immigrant Eyes

Monday, August 17th, 2015

by Chris Kenrick , Palo Alto Online
Monday, August 10, 2015.

In this book on aging, Stanford geriatrician, and his biologist wife, share observations that Americans can learn from more “traditional societies” around the world when it comes to the treatment of older people, says Mehrdad Ayati, a Stanford University geriatrician, who grew up in Iran.

Arriving in the United States with a newcomer’s eyes a decade ago, Ayati was struck by how, in contrast to his homeland, Americans appeared to view aging with fear and shame.

“This is a very youth-oriented, anti-aging society,” he said. “That’s why a lot of older people won’t ask for help, won’t walk with a walker or a cane or get a hearing aid.   “In traditional societies, this is not the case. Aging is always a sign of honor, and the oldest person in a family gets a lot of respect and is considered very sage their words carry a lot of substance. A young person would never get the message that ‘When I get older I’m going to be useless.’”

Negative cultural attitudes toward aging could even explain the loneliness and isolation leading to cognitive impairment that he observes in some of his geriatric patients, Ayati suggests.   “In traditional society, the oldest person is still at the center of the family and society,” he said. “The problem I see here is that when you retire in modern society, you retire to the solitude of your home and, if your partner passes away, you’re just by yourself. And loneliness is one of the major causes of cognitive impairment.”

The importance of social engagement for older people is a recurring theme in the book “Paths to Healthy Aging,” which Ayati recently co-authored with his wife, physiologist and molecular biologist Arezou (Hope) Azarani.   “When people ask me what’s the best climate for elderly people, I say, ‘The best climate is to be surrounded by people who love you and support you,’” he said.

Ayati and Azarani created “Paths to Healthy Aging” in the form of a workbook, each chapter beginning with a list of “questions to ask yourself” and ending with a “take-home message” and an “action plan.” Chapters cover nutrition, mental health, frailty and overmedication.

It’s not unusual for an older person to be taking as many as five to eight medications a day for conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol as well as diseases like diabetes, arthritis or congestive heart failure, Ayati said. Many also take over-the-counter supplements. At the same time, older people are more prone to the side effects of adverse drug interactions.

He cites the example of a patient who suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage following a fall Ayati believes was caused by overmedication a prescription for a cholinesterase inhibitor to treat mild short-term memory loss combined with strong sleeping pills that were added after the patient complained that the cholinesterase inhibitor was causing him to have vivid dreams. When stronger sleeping pills were added, the vivid dreams became delusional-like thoughts, nighttime anxiety and nightmares.

Ayati advises patients to keep an up-to-date list of all illnesses and medications, including dosages, and share them with all physicians and pharmacists; and also to question physicians about any newly prescribed medication and its possible interaction with other drugs.   “Take only what (medications) you truly need,” he said. “Any therapeutic benefit can be outweighed by the potential for drug cascade syndrome (when an undesirable side effect is misinterpreted as a medical condition and results in a new prescription) and other harmful interaction effects.”

Ayati is skeptical of over-the-counter medications, supplements and herbal remedies.   “Supplements can’t replace proper nutrition and should not be taken unless a blood test analysis ordered by your physician justifies prescribing them,” he said.   Most people should be able to get adequate vitamins, including vitamin D and calcium, from food rather than supplements, he said.

Geriatricians are trained to understand the physiology of aging and the medical complexity of the aging process, he said.   “We’re trained to be a good listener, and also to try to find the best way not to make a case more complicated,” Ayati said.

He embarked on the book when he realized the 20-minute office visit was too short to cover everything he wanted to communicate to patients. “They leave my office and they get bombarded by contradictory claims, marketing campaigns and misinformation” about nutrition, vitamins, supplements and brain games, he said. “The way we wrote the book is very simple; we tried not to put any complexity in it so that any person with any level of education can get the message.”

For exercise, he recommends “strenuous” strength training with weights and resistance bands, pushups, pullups and situps at least twice a week, as well as balance training, such a walking backward or sideways or Tai Chi at least three times a week. On diet, he advises people to eat “nutritious foods in small portions more frequently and in good company.”

But Ayati returns, repeatedly, to the value of social interaction for healthy aging.   “You can have the best cheese, the best wine, the best Mediterranean diet and the best olive oil, but if you’re in the solitude of your apartment looking at the window it’s not as beneficial as eating with others,” he said.

He said he frequently sees depression and memory loss among his immigrant patients who have been brought here by their children and spend their days caring for grandchildren.

“Their quality of life is actually worse here because they left behind the social network of their home country,” Ayati said. “You need to have interactions with people of your age and cultural background.”

But “aging can actually be a time of growth and development” for people who keep up friendships and have a positive attitude, he said.

“One of the book reviewers got back to me and said that after reading the book she called her husband because she wanted to ask him, ‘How many friends are we going to have when we retire?’”

Contributing writer Chris Kenrick | ckenrick@paweekly.com.

Peninsula Volunteers Receives two Grants from Sequoia Healthcare District

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

July 1, 2015-Menlo Park, CA—Two grants totaling $155,00 have been awarded by the Sequoia Healthcare District today to Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. for its Meals on Wheels (MOW) program and Rosener House Adult Day Services.

“These two generous grants will help us continue to fund our hugely successful Meals on Wheels program and our Rosener House Adult Day services, which provide activities and care for people in the community suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia, or other age-related physical or cognitive conditions,” says PVI CEO Karae Lisle. “Funding for these two programs has become critical as the baby boomer population continues to transition and rely more heavily on these support services.”

PVI’s Meals on Wheels was awarded $90,000 for daily meal delivery to disabled or homebound seniors in South San Mateo County. Every day, Meals on Wheels drivers deliver more than 300 hot, nutritious meals to the doorstep of those who are unable to cook for themselves.

Rosener House Adult Day Services was awarded $65,000 to support the adult day care program, serving people with memory and physical challenges, which prevent premature hospitalization and institutionalization for seniors. Rosener House provides a safe, lively day program of therapeutic activities, cultural activities, and health and support services; all in a caring environment that is active and emotionally supportive to participants and to their families.

There are more than 30 local non-profits and government organizations serving Peninsula residents that received Caring Community Grants. The Caring Community Grants benefits the entire population by helping to create a healthier community. This is the 13th grant cycle for the Caring Community Grants, which in total district grants and programs directly benefit at least 30,000 residents per year.

“Since 2001, we have partnered with Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. to provide important health care services to older adults.” says Lee Michelson, CEO of the Sequoia Helathcare District. “We value the quality of their effort and their commitment to offer outstanding programs and services.”

This year’s funding represents about 60,000 residents that would otherwise not receive healthcare, the hungry and homeless of all ages. Sequoia Healthcare District’s more than $10 million in total community support, but has an outsized impact on the district’s most vulnerable populations – homebound seniors, infants and children. 

About Peninsula Volunteers

For 66 years PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula. PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives. Each year PVI provides over $5 million in services, including over 130,000 hot meals to seniors and the homebound, and impacts over 4,500 households through its programs: Meals on Wheels; Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center; Rosener House Adult Day Services, and the majority of the affordable senior housing in Menlo Park at Crane Place and Partridge-Kennedy Apartments. www.peninsulavolunteers.org

 

About Sequoia Healthcare District

Sequoia Healthcare District provides major funding to numerous non-profit community health organizations that directly assist more 40,000 women, children and seniors in the district, which includes the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Woodside, and portions of San Mateo and Foster City from Skyline Boulevard to the Bay. www.sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com