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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.           

Pick Your Restaurants for Dine Out

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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


New Author Tracy Guzeman at Authors Salon

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Author Tracy Guzeman shares a little character insight in this brief two-minute video.   Enjoy!


Tracy Guzeman on her debut novel, THE GRAVITY OF BIRDS

Join Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. as Tracy Guzeman speaks at the 23rd Annual Authors Salon Luncheon on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

Tickets are on sale now. Call Cathy Duhring, 650-326-0665 ext. 238, or click here for online ticketing.

A Fine Sunday for an Authors Salon

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Beautiful place to spend a Sunday morning – and you will want to spend it with us!Join us on May, 4th at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club for the 23rd Annual Authors Salon Luncheon -http://www.penvol.org/events/#authors
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<p>Join us on May, 4th at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club for the 23rd Annual Authors Salon Luncheon  - http://www.penvol.org/events/#authors

How do you spell relief? R-O-S-E-N-E-R

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Life throws some curveballs at all of us. Early onset Alzheimer’s is one of those nobody expects, because we tend to associate Alzheimer’s with old age. Now medical science knows better, and people are getting diagnosed much earlier than before. That doesn’t make it any easier.

There  is only one known treatment for Alzheimer’s to date: socialization.

Guess what you get all day at Rosener House Adult Day Services? Socialization! Yes, we provide all the needed therapies and nursing services, along with the respite and support for families. But most of all, what distinguishes Rosener from other programs is the intensive – and just good fun – socialization.

We heard a talk last week from someone who knows this best of all, Ann Davidson.

Ann Davidson, acclaimed author of two books chronicling her late husband’s life with Alzheimer’s disease in two memoirs, is a former speech pathologist who worked with language-impaired children and a former Rosener House family member.  Ann’s husband Julian was diagnosed at age 59 while he was  prominent physiology professor at Stanford Medical School.

In Alzheimer’s A Love story:  One Year in My Husband’s Journey and A Curious Kind of Widow: Loving a Man with Advanced Alzheimer’s she uses her diary to focus on what is important as they both learn to live and cope with the debilitating onset of Alzheimer’s.

Ann credits Rosener House and all the other great family members she met there with helping her and Julian get through this. Read her books sometime; they’re truly love stories.

We tell people to get their loved ones to Rosener House as early as possible. Don’t wait!!!!! Rosener is the gift of potentially many years of being able to function and to live at home. We do help families stay together. To visit or inquire about Rosener House, click here, or call 650-322-0126.


Peninsula Volunteers Honor Community Volunteers

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Each year Peninsula Volunteers takes time to celebrate all our Community Volunteers. April is National Volunteer Month, and since we couldn’t do our work without all our magnificent volunteers, we want to say “Thank You!”

The Peninsula Volunteers and Mary Rached (Director of Community Volunteering) organized a fabulous brunch for over 100 of our best friends. Chef Larry Wong outdid himself yet again with great cuisine.

We honored our Shining Stars!

If you are interested in joining our Volunteers, just click on this link.

Our Annual Report is Online

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Each year Peninsula Volunteers has an independent audit performed on our accounts and business practices. We combine these results (always positive!) with our list of the fiscal year’s donors (that’s July 1 through June 30, not the calendar year), and some highlights of our goings on. These become our Annual Report to our community.

We always post these online, both the financial audits for public disclosure, and the Annual Report.

You can find them on this page: http://www.penvol.org/about/reports.cfm

We hope this gets you as excited as we are about all the great work we are able to do so cost-effectively for seniors throughout the mid-Peninsula.

And if you are so moved, you can join us as a volunteer or as a donor!

Thank you for your interest in helping seniors and for your support of Peninsula Volunteers.

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.

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:

Mayors Delivered Meals and Smiles

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Sequoia Healthcare District staff Pamela Kurtzman & board member Kim Griffin deliver meals.

Woodside Mayor David Burow delivering












Mayors for Meals” is our annual celebration of the crucial nature of our Meals on Wheels to senior health in our community.

Each year we have the mayors, city and county officials from South San Mateo County personally deliver Meals on Wheels to their constituents in all 8 cities we serve daily. It’s an eye-opener for them (and a treat for the meal recipients too!)

As one mayor has said, “This is our chance to hear from the very citizens who cannot show up at our meetings, the folks who are hidden from view but whose needs are just as important.”

Mayors Laura Martinez of East Palo Alto, Ray Mueller of Menlo Park, Jeffrey Gee of Redwood City, David Burow of Woodside, Vice‐Mayor Jeff Aalfs of Portola Valley, and Sequoia Healthcare District Director Kim Griffin, delivered meals to show their support for our community’s seniors.

For 36 years, Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels has been faithfully delivering hot, fresh, nutritious lunches to homebound seniors and disabled adults across South San Mateo County, from Belmont through East Palo Alto. We also deliver to seniors discharged from Sequoia Hospital and Peninsula Hospital, and for the latter meals go up as far as South San Francisco. For information on Meals on Wheels, click here.

Our sponsor, Putnam Subaru, helped host the event this year.

Regular Meals on Wheels volunteers who were recognized and participating this year were: Kelly Bennett, Danica Capocci, Dan Finlay, Joan Friedman, Rod Hall, Joan Hinckley, Glenda Hughes, Gordon Hughes, Eleonore Johnson, Steve Johnson, Stephen Kane, Jim Knox, Lou Leardini, Heidi Ochoa, Betsy O’Hare, Robert Supp, and Roger Thompson.

Here are some pictures: