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Volunteering – It’s What We Do!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Looking for a way to give back to the community? Peninsula Volunteers is always looking to provide those opportunities. Check out our current volunteer openings below at Little House:

  • Community Services Desk – Provide information and referrals about issues such as housing, food, transportation and other social services over the phone or in person.
  • Front Desk Receptionist – Great and interact with members and guests, answer questions regarding classes and activities, and help maintain the Little House image.
  • Lunch CashierRun the cash register during lunch hours; ring up sales, handle money and tally the daily receipts.

To learn more about these positions call (650)322-0129 or email volunteer@peninsulavolunteer.org.

For a full list a volunteer opportunities visit http://www.penvol.org/volunteer/

 

 

Living Healthy at Little House

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Get the tools to live a healthy life! This 7 week workshop will offer practical techniques and support for feeling betting and making the best choices for our health and well-being.

Weekly sessions will address:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Exercise
  • Stress and Pain Management
  • Memory
  • Communications
  • And more!

Classes will be held on Mondays, February 9 to March 30, from 10:30am - Noon, at Little House Activity Center.

No class on February 16.

For more information call (650)32-2025 ext. 222

Thank You for Dining Out!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Peninsula Volunteers, Meals on Wheels would like to thank all those who participated in this year’s Dine Out event. It’s because of our wonderful supporters like you that we’re able to help fight senior hunger in our local community. Together we can truly make a difference! To learn how you can continue supporting our mission, visit the Meals On Wheels page at http://www.penvol.org/mealsonwheels.

Combat Memory Loss with Us

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Memory loss has become a common trial for seniors. According to the Alzheimer’s Association some of the challenges that victims face include impairments in language, focus, judgment and visual perception. But it’s important to remember that there are ways to combat one of the biggest threats facing our Senior Citizen community.

Join us at Little House every Monday from 10am – 12pm for “Minds in Motion,” the Peninsula Volunteers early memory loss wellness program – designed for people experiencing changes in memory, or who may have a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. It’s an important opportunity to learn both the scientific and practical basis for the class and to try out mental exercises that promote abstract thinking and critical problem solving skills.

Click here for more information or call 650-322-0126.           

Celebrate the Fall Season with Fall-Free Prevention Tips

Friday, September 26th, 2014

That’s right CELEBRATE…because the good news about falls is that they are preventable! We all face challenges in life that we may not have much control over; however, falling doesn’t have to be one of them. We know that falls are not an inevitable part of aging if we take some simple preventative measures.

 As we welcomed the fall season on September 23rd, the San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force celebrated National Fall Prevention Awareness Week. Although the week has come and gone, you can still find ways to celebrate and start a fall-free life!

Here are some good ideas and tips to continue the celebration:

 1. Find a good balance and exercise program. Having good balance and strength can be the difference between a near fall and a fall.

 2. Talk to your health care provider about any falls, near falls or a fear of falling. Consider a home safety pro-active fall prevention plan assessment and getting some help in making a plan of your own.

 3. Regularly review your medications, and anything you take over-the-counter, with your doctor or pharmacist for fall risk side effects.

 4. Get your vision and hearing checked yearly. Good vision and hearing are key to keeping you on your feet.

5. Make safety modifications to age in your own home as safely and independently as possible.

 6. Talk to your family members, ask for help and seek the supports you may need.

 The San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force is a good local resource for you if you need more ideas. We can provide you with written materials and information on fall prevention workshops, balance and exercise programs and home safety tips and services.

Submitted by Sarah Eggen-Thornhill, OTR/L Health Educator for the San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force.

Fall Assessments and Flu Shots

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Mark your calendars and join us next week at Little House for a few events that are sure to boost your quality of life. Tuesday, September 9 features the San Mateo Fall Prevention Task Force who will be conducting assessments to analyze your risk of falling. The assessment will include a brief evaluation and a counseling session to review your results and discuss ways to reduce any identified risk. The event will take place from 11:30am – 1:30pm and is free!

Friday, September 12 we’ll face the flu season head on with flu shots offered by Sutter Care at Home. Flu shots will be given from 9:30am – 11:00pm. See below for pricing details:

Flu Shot: $25

Pneumonia Shot: $70

Sutter Care will be able to bill Medicare for a flu shot ONLY for a senior who:

1.  Does not belong to an HMO or Medicare Advantage Plan such as Kaiser or Secure Horizons or Health Plan of San Mateo

2.  Brings their Medicare Card

3.  Medicare card has to say PART-B which is the medical part that pays for the flu shot. Any letters at the end of the Medicare number have nothing to do with Part B. (Often there is an A or B)

 

Pick Your Restaurants for Dine Out

Friday, August 29th, 2014


Click the plate icon below to view a full list of participating restaurants.

 

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Support the Rosener House Walkers and the Alzheimer’s
Association at the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on September 20, 2014.

San Francisco, Mission Creek Park

(5th and Berry, near Caltrain station)

Check-In opens 8 am.  Walk starts 10 am.

Go to the Alzheimer’s Association website

and support the “Rosener House Walkers” team.

Become Aware Through Education

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

More often than not, getting older comes with a few extra challenges: slight memory loss, slower movement, and even aches in places you didn’t know existed. While most of these changes are simply the results of aging, it’s always smart to be aware of signs that show something a little more. In terms of Alzheimer’s, it’s easy to perceive memory loss as a sign of age. In a recent article by the Huffington Post, the 10 most cited signs of Alzheimer’s, as stated by the Alzheimer’s Association, include the following:

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality

Although these may not apply to you or a loved one, the best way to stay aware is to be educated. Rosener House specializes in finding fun and exciting ways to enhance memory loss and stimulate the minds of those who may be experiencing these symptoms. Be sure to visit the Rosener webpage to see what activities we have in store for the month August.

Baby Boomer Retirement Trends

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Planning ahead for your future? Check out some retirement trends reported by a new Census Bureau report:

  • “There are 11 states with more than a million people age 65 and older, led by California with some 4.3 million. The states with the highest percentages of people age 65 and older are Florida, West Virginia, Maine and Pennsylvania. The states with the lowest proportions of senior citizens are Alaska, Utah and Texas.

The average income for those between ages 65 and 69 is $37,200, but drops to a little less than $20,000 for those over age 80. The main sources of income for people over 65 are Social Security (37 percent), income from working (30 percent), pensions (19 percent) and savings and investments (11 percent). Younger retirees derive more income from working and investments, while older retirees rely more on Social Security.

The poverty rate for people age 65 and older is lower than any other age group. And the percentage of people 65 an older who own their own home has remained steady since before the great recession at 81 percent, while the percentage of people under 35 owning their own home has dropped from 43 percent in 2006 to about 37 percent today.”

Peninsula Volunteers is dedicated to helping you find a enjoyable lifestyle during your golden years. With affordable living and a family-like environment, we can assure you that we provide the best services in Menlo Park. To read more statistics like these, click 12 Baby Boomer Retirement Trends posted by U.S. News.