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Jesse James, Ron Hansen, Authors Salon

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Have you seen this movie? It was adapted from Ron Hansen’s critically acclaimed historical novel.Can’t wait to hear him speak at the Authors Salon Luncheon!

Do you have your tickets yet? If not, call right away: Cathy Duhring, 650-326-0665 ext. 238 or click here to order tickets online.

For more information about our award-winning, best-selling, and brand new star writers, click here.

Queen Elizabeth – The First One

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Did you know Elizabeth truly was the last Tudor?

Enjoy these “Ten Surprises about Elizabeth Tudor” – compliments of Authors Salon speaker, Margaret George.

If you love history, intrigue, and all the rest that goes with royalty, you’re going to love hearing Margaret George speak at our 23rd Annual Authors Salon on May 4th. For information on the Authors Salon, click here. For tickets call: Cathy Duhring, 650-326-0665 ext. 238, or go online.

http://www.margaretgeorge.com/books/elizabeth-i/behind-the-book/

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.

Little House Celebrates with Irish fun!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Little House was flooded in green this St. Patrick’s Day as we celebrated with Irish festivities!

The morning started off with a bake sale and Irish coffee, followed by corned beef and cabbage for lunch. The afternoon also included amazing entertainment brought by “Rosin the Bow,” who featured traditional Irish music. Thank you to all how came out to celebrate with us!

For more information on upcoming events, celebrations, and classes, visit http://www.penvol.org/littlehouse.

Song Writing Class at Rosener House

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Music is fundamental to brain functioning. Rhythm and tone are the most basic of languages – ask the birds and the bees – and it works that way for humans too. The brain encodes those signals deep in memory and because of that music can stimulate memory; it works both ways.

We see that every day at Rosener House. People who are slowly losing their ability to remember (or who may have nearly lost language altogether) are able to instantly connect with our Music Therapy. The beat, and surprisingly even the words to old songs, reappear on their lips as they sway and sing.

To help stimulate brain functioning and memory retention, we do a variety of exercises and many use music. Our Music Therapy expert, Chance, teaches a song writing class. Would you believe that folks who are struggling to remember their daily activities and people around them can still connect with the ability to write a song? Believe it!

Chance began this session by playing her guitar and singing “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”  The group then talked about places to travel (left panel), decided on Hawaii, then brainstormed words and feelings (middle panel), then wrote the song to the tune of “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

Their song for the day is “Hawaii is Calling” (right panel.)

These classes are held once a week, with a new song created each time. Come and join us.

For more information about Rosener House or to schedule a visit, call: 650-322-0126, or visit our Web page: http://www.penvol.org/rosenerhouse/

Life IS better with Rosener House - for you and your family!

 

 

Ron Hansen – Hot Stories from a Hot Author

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Photo: The Authors Salon is thrilled to announce Ron Hansen as the final author for the 2014 lineup. Ron’s novels include Desperadoes, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mariette in Ecstasy, and Atticus, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Exiles, and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion. In 2012, he released a collection of short stories, She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories.Tidbits on Ron Hansen: He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, educated at Creighton University, the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, and Stanford University; at Stanford he held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship. And perhaps you saw the movie, The Assassination of Jesse James, which was adapted from his novel, and starred Brad Pitt?

The 23rd Annual Authors Salon panel is now complete.

The Authors Salon is thrilled to announce Ron Hansen as the final author for the 2014 lineup. Ron’s novels include Desperadoes, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mariette in Ecstasy, and Atticus, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Exiles, and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion. In 2012, he released a collection of short stories, She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories.

Tidbits on Ron Hansen: He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, educated at Creighton University, the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop, and Stanford University; at Stanford he held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship. And perhaps you saw the movie, The Assassination of Jesse James, which was adapted from his novel, and starred Brad Pitt.

Ron Hansen has long been celebrated as a master of both the novel and the short form. His stories have been called “beautifully crafted” (The New York Times), “unforgettable” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “diverse and expansive” (The Washington Post). His 1989 collection, Nebraska, was widely praised, and he has published stories in literary magazines nationwide—The Atlantic, Esquire, Harper’s, Tin House, The Paris Review, and many others.

In this new volume, comprising twelve new stories and seven pieces selected from Nebraska, the subjects of Hansen’s scrutiny range from Oscar

Wilde to murder to dementia to romance, and display Hansen at his storytelling best: the craftsman described as “part Hemingway and part García Márquez . . . an all-American magic realist in other words, a fabulist in the native grain.” Readers will thrill to Hansen’s masterful attention to the smallest and most telling details, even as he plunges straight into the deepest recesses of desire, love, fury, and loss. Magisterial in its scope and surprising in its variety, She Loves Me Not shows an author at the height of his powers and confirms Hansen’s place as a major American writer.

You won’t want to miss this premier literary event!

For sponsorship, tickets or further information, contact: Cathy Duhring, cduhring@pennisulavolunteers.org, 650-326-0665 ext. 238.

Aging Well Is Within Your Reach

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

We don't just sit around at Crane Place.

Read it, do it, and live well longer!

It’s nice to have the researchers confirm what we’ve been saying at Peninsula Volunteers for years: that living well longer requires fitness, intellectual stimulation, and socialization. We actually say that it requires SIX things: add to the above list good nutrition, safe housing and a reason for being.

Peninsula Volunteer programs (Meals on Wheels, Little House, Rosener House, Crane and Partridge-Kennedy Apartments) provide all six factors.

We see that every day. People participating in PV programs are living well and independently longer. Now you know why.

See what the experts say (from 2/19/14 SF Chronicle): http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Aging-well-exercise-mental-stimulation-social-5246368.php