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Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
Upcoming Events
Available Resources
Making A Difference
Fall Prevention
C.C. Cafés
Friendly Visitors
Healthy Bites
About Town
Meals on Wheels

Margi Alkire
Roger Craig
Christina Evans
Jill Fissell
Kate Howe
Billie Raney
Lesley Stenzel
Frank Szymanski
Jordane Tofighi

  Friendly Visitors
Sharon Dawson
Janet Manning
Kathleen McNamara
Asja Steeves
Marianne Sweel
Suzanne Underwood 
Celeste Wright
Eric Yeoman

"Dear Ms. Dietsch,
I wanted to tell you how very grateful I am for your superbly informational caregiver workshop and loving support shown by you and your staff.
I just had to let you know that I came away with a newfound HOPE in getting support as I care for my dear parents." 




 "Being Mortal" 
John Muir Health presents this free Frontline documentary.

Wednesday, September 16
6:00pm - 8:00pm  
2540 East Street, Concord 

 Senior Center Faire

Saturday, September 19th
10:00am - 12:00pm

St. Bonaventure Parish, Large Hall 5562 Clayton Rd, Concord
"Unleash the Power of Age"
Senior Resource Fair
Friday, September 25th
9:00am - 11:00am

415 W. 2nd Street, Antioch
Tuesday, September 29th
1:00pm - 3:00pm
1300 Civic Drive,
Walnut Creek
October 15th
9:00am - 3:30pm

Hope Center Covenant Church,
2275 Morello Avenue, Pleasant Hill

"Mature Drivers and the Healthy Brain"
Presented by Dr. Patrick Arbore
Jefferson Award Winner
Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention, Founder and Director
"Take Control of Your Driving Future"
Presented by Rosemary Robles
Senior Driver Ombudsman, DMV

October 23
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek

Free Box Lunches will be provided

Parking available
RSVP to Carol Louisell

25th Annual MOWSOS Crab Dinner and Fundraiser
Friday, January 29th
5:30pm - 9:30pm
Centre Concord

 Buy your tickets and sponsorship package NOW !

MEDIA picked up our CCT story.  Read it here.


 Watch Elaine and Alayne on

 Inside Pleasant Hill.

Available Resources


Senior Center Without Walls

Fall Session


Download Fall Session Catalog


Download Registration Form 


Community Concern for Cats


Offers medical rehabilitation, spay and neuter, foster care and adoption services for abandoned and homeless cats and kittens.


925-938-CATS (2287)

or visit their website



National Council on Aging


Issue 3, Volume 9
September  2015
What an amazing month and an amazing group of people!  Starting with Evelyn Baclig, C.C. Café Manager in Bay Point, who earned her U.S. Citizenship.  Congratulations!  Evelyn brings joy and fun to the C.C. Café every day.  Join us in congratulating Evelyn!
Next, check out the photo of our Tai Chi class in San Pablo.  The photo was awarded First Prize in a national competition by the NCOA for fall prevention.  Cynthia Black takes seniors through basic tai chi moves weekly. 
Finally, it was my pleasure to host the Town Hall Meeting on Senior Issues held at the San Pablo Senior Center.  Special guests included County Supervisor John Gioia, State Assemblyman Tony Thurman, and U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. The meeting will be broadcast on CCTV.  The lively discussion focused on housing, Medicare, transportation, and reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.  

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 Making A Difference
Contra Costa Interfaith Coalition (CCIC)
Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, Mike Kluever, is always on the "move".  "I enjoy both volunteering and being outdoors, so my work with CCIC and Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services is a great fit," says Mike.
From left: Mike Kluever, Richard Meyer, and Ron Cashing.
Last week, Mike and two fellow CCIC volunteers, Richard Meyer and Ron Cashing, assisted our Home Care Referral Program with the transport of a donated lift chair to a needy MOWSOS client. 
CCIC is an all volunteer organization which furnishes apartments/houses that Contra Costa County social agencies find for homeless people, including veterans.  
CCIC is always in need of good clean used furniture, especially beds up to and including queen size, clean bedding, dressers, living room furniture, tables, lamps, chairs and kitchenware.  
For more information, please contact Leigh Shughrou at or 925-937-8311.
 Fall Prevention


Fall Prevention Program Raises Nearly $13,500  


A huge shout-out to the many hands involved in making this year's Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser a HUGE success!


A special thanks to the Pleasant Hill Senior Center for providing a beautiful facility and dedicated staff to help

Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Bob Timbers (Safe at Home) and Elaine Clark enjoy the Pancake Breakfast!

during the event.


Master of Ceremonies and Pleasant Hill Council Member, Tim Flaherty, and District IV Supervisor, Karen Mitchoff, helped facilitate a lively raffle drawing and even flipped pancakes with the kids.  


Of course, we couldn't have done it without our sponsors!

For more information, please contact Alayne Balke at or 925-937-8311.

C.C. Cafés

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Celebrating LIFE at Our Senior Centers 
September is National Senior Center Month.  This year, MOWSOS is celebrating on Tuesday, September 22nd, with a special lunch menu, activities, raffles and prizes at the Walnut Creek and Rossmoor C.C. Cafés.

There are many benefits to participating in senior center activities. Here are four good reasons to plan a visit:

1.  Learning -- expand your knowledge
2.  Independence -- live on your terms
3.  Friends -- enjoy life
4.  Energy -- discover health and vitality
Nearly 11,000 senior centers serve one million older adults aged 50+ every day.  When will you give it a try?
For more information, please contact Michelle Gee at or 925-937-8311 x108. 
Friendly Visitors


 A Passion for Life


Sarah, 97, lost her husband, Bill, over 10 years ago.  It was a sudden death.  In fact, he had just been given a clean bill of health at that morning's doctor's appointment.  "Life happens," says Sarah, "but we have to keep living as best as we can." 


Sarah and Bill met at a church meeting and "hit it off

Sarah, age 4.

immediately," says Sarah. The couple were married for over 65 years.  After Bill returned home after a stroke at age 82, Meals on Wheels delivered meals until they were back on their feet.  "It was a Godsend," says Sarah," "and I'll never forget the kindness of the volunteers." 


Since Bill's death, Sarah has kept busy with many creative passions.  Her home imitates a museum with displays of spectacular hand-painted porcelain, dolls, paintings, and embroidered tapestries. And, she's just picked up the violin for the first time!


Sarah, today, with her violin.

After a recent fall, Sarah felt

anxious and lonely.  Fortunately, her hospital case manager recommended she contact Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services' Friendly Visitors Program. 


"I look forward to my visit each week," says Sarah.  "You know, it's the little comments of encouragement that are so important." "When I hear 'You're looking great today, Sarah,' it motivates me and makes me look forward to living." 


For more information on the Friendly Visitors Program, please contact Cynthia Black at 925-937-8311 or

 Healthy Bites

  Discover Corn


 Why It's Great:

  • Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full.
  • Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too. 
  • Folate, or folic acid, helps our tissues grow and our cells work.
  • Especially important for older adults.
  • Potassium, a type of electrolyte, helps build muscle and keeps your heart healthy.
    For more information and tasty recipes click here.
 About Town

Paint on Porcelain by Sarah Dunlop.

Mia Bishop flipped 15 pancakes in 30 seconds to win a $25 Century Theater gift card.

Elaine Clark, (center) receives Fall Prevention Week Proclamation from Contra Costa Board of Supervisors.

Bay Point C.C. Café Manager, Evelyn Baclig, became a U.S. Citizen.  Congratulations, Evelyn!

The award-winning San Pablo tai chi photo!  From left:  Rosella Heck, Pearl Bell, Jim Wong, Suwandee Komin, Elizabeth Underwood, Cynthia Black, Romeo Sales.

If you have suggestions for our newsletter or would like to contribute a quote, photo, or story, please contact:
Leigh Shughrou
Public Affairs Specialist
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
925-937-8311 x133

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