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California Seniors are Living in Poverty

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

If you wonder why we do so much for so many seniors, it’s because they truly NEED it!

Take a look at this information (from the San Francisco Chronicle article of 3/25/14):

“California, with its high cost of living and health care, leads the nation in the percentage of older adults living in poverty, according to a 2013 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Twenty percent of California adults over age 65 live below the poverty threshold of about $16,000 annually, when taking into account the higher cost of housing and health care….

“The situation is particularly dire in California, due to the high cost of health care and housing. About 20 percent of California’s seniors – compared to 15 percent nationally – live below the poverty threshold when taking health care expenses into account, according to the Kaiser foundation study….

“San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties are among the most expensive places in the country for seniors, requiring almost $30,000 a year….”

Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheelsand Senior Nutrition programs ensure that 130,000 nutritious, hot and freshly cooked meals feed their hunger. Many of our programs (Little House Activity Center, Rosener House Adult Day Services)  also feed their needs for social and intellectual hunger – we all need people to thrive.

We owe at least that much to help those who built our communities continue to be able to live within them independently, healthily and happily.

Peninsula Volunteers needs your help every year to continue these services. We need to raise at least 50% of our budget from contributions. Click here to learn more and to donate.

Food IS Good Medicine!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

At Meals on Wheels we have long known that food is good medicine.

Our direct experience over 36 years with food recipients shows how vital these daily, hot, nutritious meals are to keeping seniors alive, healthy and out of hospitals. Good nutrition is extra important to seniors in helping with fall prevention. Our daily safety checks have even saved lives!

For the past few years we have been collaborating with Sequoia Hospital and Peninsula Hospital by providing Meals on Wheels to their recently discharged senior patients. Evidence is mounting quickly that a month or so of our daily meals (plus that daily safety check) is having a markedly positive impact on keeping these patients from being re-hospitalized.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Major studies of similar meals programs in the U.S. demonstrate these very same results.

Here’s an abstract from a study done by MANNA, a Philadelphia meals program:

Chronically ill populations have a strong need for quality public health nutrition services to aid in disease management and improve health outcomes. Evidence suggests that neglecting the importance of adequate nutrition in chronically ill patients has far-reaching implications on the health status of the individual and the health care costs. … This pilot study done through the nonprofit organization MANNA …  found that the mean monthly health care costs decreased for three consecutive months after initiation of MANNA services. Other health care cost–related factors, such as inpatient costs, length of stay, and number of hospital admissions also displayed a downward trend. These results help show the significance of medical nutrition therapy and home-delivered meal services on overall health care.

To find out more about our Meals on Wheels program, whether you want to receive meals, volunteer to help us pack and deliver, or donate, click here.

Senior Hunger is a Major Health Hazard

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

March is the month when we bring public attention to the problem of senior hunger – right here in our own backyard!

A new national study clearly demonstrates how serious a health hazard seniors at risk of hunger face in America. When you think of all the lives, heartache and money we can save simply by feeding them good diets, you understand why our Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition programs are so important here at Peninsula Volunteers.

Click here for the link to the national study for your reference.

But all you have to do is ask our Meals on Wheels recipients, and you will understand just what this human service truly does for them!

On the 19th of March, Peninsula Volunteers presents our annual “Mayors for Meals” day, during which the mayors and public officials from the cities we serve actually deliver those Meals on Wheels personally. We applaud their help in making the public aware of senior hunger – one problem we can actually DO SOMETHING ABOUT.

Samuel Merritt Nurses at Crane Place

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Our Samuel Merritt nursing students have been doing an excellent job of health promotion at Little House, Rosener House and Meals on Wheels.

Come join them at Little House every Thursday morning until Thanksgiving week for: snacks, recipes, screenings, and yet another creative and fun activity to promote healthy living.

What they have also undertaken is to bring the  FUN to our Crane Place Apartments residents in Menlo Park. Click here to take a look.

Affordable Health Care? Find Out Now!

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Haven’t you been curious (or worried) about what the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) means to you?

This is your chance to get your questions answered by experts who have no axe to grind, no insurance policy to sell you, and no political agenda.

Changes in Medicare under the Affordable Health Care Act

Find out what new rules have already been implemented and how it affects your Medicare benefits.

Also, get information about the upcoming Open Enrollment period.

Thursday October 10 | 10:00am-11:00am | Free | Garden Room at Little House

Presenter:  Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)