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Thank You For Your Support!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

A thousand thanks to our 297 donors who contributed $27,488 to the Alzheimer’s Association and Rosener House for the September 20th Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Donations accepted through Dec. 31st. Click here to learn more about how you can be a part of our great cause!

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)


Tai Chi at Little House

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

It’s clear that the benefits of exercise for older adults are endless. That’s why Little House has decided to add a new class to its health and wellness list. Starting this September, Tai Chi will be offered to anyone who would like to improve the mind and body, balance, flexibility, and awareness, all through a low-intensity form of exercise. Classes will be held every Thursday from 7pm – 8pm, beginning September 11th. For more information regarding this exciting new opportunity, visit http://www.penvol.org/littlehouse/relax-and-rejuvenate.cfm/#taichi.


Diabetes Do’s and Don’ts

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Good health depends on eating a variety of foods that contain the right amounts of carbohydrate, protein, and fat, as well as vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. People with diabetes do not need special foods. In fact, the foods that are best for someone with diabetes are excellent choices for everyone. It may take some planning, but you can fit your favorite foods into your meal plan and still manage your blood glucose. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you plan.

DO – Eat foods that are low in fat, salt, and sugar, and high in fiber, such as beans, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.  5-9 servings a day. Eat non-starch vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli, peppers, etc. Chose whole grain foods over processed grain products, try brown rice or whole wheat pasta. Get regular physical activity.  Regular physical activity is important for people with diabetes.  Being physically active has been shown to improve blood glucose levels in older adults, whose levels are high.  Exercise is good for people with diabetes because it helps control weight, helps insulin work better to lower blood glucose, is good for your heart and lungs, and gives you more energy.

DON’T – Do not skip meals.  Regular meals can help avoid problems, especially if you take diabetic pills or insulin. Do not overeat.  Eating too much of even healthful foods can lead to weight gain. Watch your portion sizes. Limit unhealthy carbohydrates such as chips, cookies, cakes, sodas, etc.

For more information on important food related facts, visit us at http://www.penvol.org/mealsonwheels

Control Your Falls With M.O.B.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

According to  a recent article published by HealthDay News, factors that contribute to falling can range anywhere from blood pressure to eyesight. But don’t let this risk keep you from doing the activities you love! Beyond the basics of staying hydrated, eating healthy and standing up slowly, there are numerous ways to both prevent falls and recover from previous ones. One great way to help manage your body is by taking A Matter of Balance, a class that will begin on Tuesday, June 17th at the Little House Activity Center. A collaborative project of Sequoia Hospital Health and Wellness and the Trauma Service at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, this program focuses on activities and exercises that will increase your ability to control any fall. Classes are once a week for eight weeks, from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. NO FEE.

For more information of to register, contact Leticia Rolon at 650-367-5998 or Leticia.rolon@dignityhealth.org

Mayors Travel Miles for Smiles

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Our mayors and public officials really tore up the turf to deliver those Meals on Wheels on Mayors for Meals Day last week. Each official covered a city to which we deliver daily.

Wherever they went, they saw first hand how incredibly important these Meals on Wheels are to homebound seniors and disabled adults, who cannot shop or cook for themselves. It was obvious to them that the food is appreciated, but even more so, that human contact that comes with our safety visits.

They got lots of smiles as a reward – the same as our volunteers get every day, Monday through Friday, every week of the year.

Here’s the video from this year’s Mayors for Meals:

Brain Health as We Age

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Keeping your brain healthy and the best prevention for loss of brain functioning is proving to be a matter of diet and exercise. Recent and extensive studies across the US with aging citizens demonstrate how simple it can be.

That’s why Peninsula Volunteers is so committed to – and EFFECTIVE with – good nutrition for seniors. You know about our program for the homebound, Meals on Wheels.

You might not realize that we also serve healthy, nutritious meals weekdays at several senior centers and for patients discharged from two major hospitals:

        • Onetta Harris Senior Center in East Menlo Park (City of Menlo Park)
          East Palo Alto Senior Center (City of East Palo Alto)
          Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City (Famiy Services)
          Catholic Charities CYO in San Carlos
          Little House Cafe and Rosener House Adult Day Services in Menlo Park (Peninsula Volunteers)
          Discharged seniors from Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City (Dignity Health) and Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame/Millbrae (Sutter Health).

We’re also big on fitness at Little House in memory loss prevention at Rosener House.

Here are some important facts from the studies:

 “Keeping the brain healthy is easier than you realize. Everyday actions such as maintaining a diet including good fats like DHA omega-3 and important nutrients such as vitamin E and lutein, and staying active physically, mentally and socially, are all good ways to influence long-term brain health,” said Michael Roizen, MD, co-founder of Real Age, Inc.

Click here for the study article.

Samuel Merritt Nurses at Little House Thursdays

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

From now through April 17th, each Thursday morning, 9:30 – 11:45 AM, the nursing student interns from Samuel Merritt University will perform various health screenings at Little House. These screenings, as well as their health education and consultation, are FREE to everyone. No reservations are necessary; just come on in.

Check your pulse and blood pressure, ask questions about your health routines or diet – take advantage of these very helpful student nurses. They’re here to serve you!

Little House has many health services to meet your needs year round:

  • massage,
  • acupuncture,
  • podiatry,
  • blood pressure screenings,
  • HICAP Medicare counseling,
  • medication disposal drop box

- and much more.

For a schedule of regular activities, click here. To schedule with any of our health services, call our Community Services Desk: 650-326-2025, ext. 230.

For the latest on our Community Wellness and Fitness offerings, go to our Little House web page: http://www.penvol.org/littlehouse/fitness-classes.cfm


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.

Planting the Seeds of Health

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Our Meals on Wheels program has been collaborating with Sequoia Hospital in a pioneering program to show that nutrition is great medicine. Along with other partner social service agencies, Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels connects with seniors as they are discharged from the hospitals to ensure that they have all the service they need to keep from being readmitted.

It works and it works exceedingly well in the case of the food we provide.

It’s more than just their bodies we are nurturing; we’re also nurturing their spirits. That daily human contact (not to mention the daily safety check) has almost as much to do with keeping their immunity up as the nutrition.

Here’s a great example: One client from Sequoia Hospital was thrilled with her Meals on Wheels. When the need for them ended and she was well again, she told everyone how delighted she had been with our service and how much she felt it helped her overcome her health condition.

She’s a gardener, and she saved all the biodegradable Meals on Wheels trays we sent her. She turned them into seed trays to start her spring vegetable garden off right.

Now that’s carrying the seeds of good health very far.

Food is good medicine. Hooray for Meals on Wheels!