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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.

Pick Your Restaurants for Dine Out

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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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.

Find Affordable Living With Us

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Seniors in California face different struggles everyday. Beyond the journey of aging, the challenge to live with self-sufficient independence hits a wall when cost of living exceeds our nation’s Social Security program. Henry Ramos of the Huffington Post recently wrote:

“During the recession, California legislators cut monthly payments, suspended and then eliminated cost-of-living adjustments. In doing so, they took $4.6 billion out of circulation in the localities where benefits recipients live (source). At its current level, SSI leaves 1.3 million other Californians not only below this important self-sufficiency standard but below the federal poverty level.”

The importance of reinvesting in our seniors is greater now than ever. Peninsula Volunteers works in conjunction with Crane Place & Partridge-Kennedy Apartments, to provide low-cost living for our local seniors of Menlo Park. As an organization we understand that the demands of living are high, which is why we’re committed to lend the helping hand you or a loved one may need.

To learn more about our senior housing visit http://www.penvol.org/seniorhousing. To read the entire article written by Ramos click here.

Free Community Forum at Little House

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Mark your calendars for an important Community Forum discussing the benefits of Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service. When you experience a fall, medical issue or other emergency, every second counts. If you are alone, delayed medical care can jeopardize your recovery and your independence! The Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service provides simple, fast access to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Lifeline, the number one medical alert service is trusted by thousands of hospitals, recommended by over 65,000 healthcare professionals, and has helped provide more than 6 million people with the peace of mind and confidence to help maintain independent living at home.

Join us at Little House on Thursday, July 17th from 9am – 10am to learn more about this important national service at our FREE forum! We hope to see you there!


Let Us Be Your Support!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The landscape of California’s demographic is quickly changing. With the baby boomer generation extending life expectancy to 81 years, a steady increase in the senior citizen population has taken course. And with this growth, the needs of our society will begin to shift. Check out some key components taken from the Fresno Bee article, “Aging in California: Who will support our seniors?

“Studies are clear: The aging of the population will bring about a nationwide wave of lifestyle changes, shifts in real estate prices, huge pension payments for the elderly, increases in the cost of health care and heavy caregiving demands on a smaller number of younger family members…

By 2030, according to the latest projections from the state Department of Finance, the state will have about three working-age adults per senior citizen. Looked at another way: The number of older adults in California is projected to increase by 96 percent over the next two decades, while the number of working-age adults will increase by only 9 percent.

While the state may have its ways to support our senior community, we can assure you that Peninsula Volunteers will also be there every step of the way. Our programs at Little House and Rosener House help to strengthen our members both physically and mentally. Our Meals on Wheels program also assures that our homebound seniors receive nutritious and fresh meals everyday.  Be sure to check out our daily activities and menus through out the website and find out how we can help support your needs!

Successful Aging

Monday, June 16th, 2014

How do you define successful aging? A recent article published online by the Huffington Post reminded us that successful aging is just as subjective as it is objective. Objectively, we desire to be healthy both physically and mentally. But aging can also be a positive experience subjectively by finding happiness beyond the decline of our bodies. Take a look at what Michael Friedman from Huff Post had to say:

“[B]y 70+, many, if not most, of us have already experienced some significant declines in our physical and mental abilities. So it’s good news that whatever the condition of our minds and bodies objectively, we can still age well subjectively. We can be old and feel good.

How? Here’s some of what old people have told researchers.

First, having certain personality traits is a plus. These include: a positive attitude, optimism, adaptability and resilience.

Second, old people say that it’s important to have relationships with people you like and care about and who like and care about you. They also say it’s important to engage in activities that you find pleasurable, engaging, valuable and/or meaningful. In addition, having a sense of control (however limited) of your circumstances and condition is also characteristic of people who say they are doing fine even if they have significant problems to cope with.”

Aging doesn’t have to include struggle. Whether your definition of success includes staying physically healthy or happily engaged with a warm and welcoming community, the Peninsula Volunteers programs are here to provide any outlet for the aging process. Check out what kind of activities we have at Little House, spend time with our friends at Rosener, or develop a relationship with our Meals on Wheels team. Whatever your need may be, we’re here to help!

Click here to read the full article.