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Meals on Wheels and
 Senior Outreach

Thank You, Tampico Terrace!
Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
Upcoming Events
Available Resources
Making A Difference
Buy Your Raffle Tickets
Fall Prevention
C.C. Cafés
Health and Wellness
Friendly Visitors
About Town
Tampico Terrace is
 the $10,000
King "Shrimp" Sponsor of our
25th Annual "Shrimp" Dinner  and Fundraiser!

(925) 933-7970  
Meals on Wheels
Prabhjot Ahluwalia
Emily Beaty
Eric Billings
Diana Correa
Rob Dean
Tom Guyette
Daniel Henry
Randy Lamont
Jill Lamont
Laura Danie Lopez
Bill Nicholson
Kimmie Petterson
Mary Vadnais
John Vadnais 
  Friendly Visitors
Alex Artiga
Sharon Chirila
Michael Kluever
Anne Letsch
Nancy Lopez
Angelique Parras
Michelle Poole
Red Vigeant
 Excerpt from an email to Elaine Clark, Chief Executive Officer
Hello All,
I want to thank MOWSOS and Elliot for their tremendous work in organizing and developing the presentation at the Concord C.C. Café on Monday!  I heard it was well attended and engaging.
Thank you to everyone who made this happen on a short timeline.
John Muir Health values MOWSOS as a respected community partner.
I hope that we can continue to collaborate on future education events.
With gratitude,
Diana Camacho
Program Manager,
Community Health Improvement
John Muir Health

25th Annual MOWSOS   
  Dinner and Fundraiser
Friday, January 29th
5:30pm - 9:30pm
Centre Concord
Call Carol Louisell for tickets information at
Volunteers are still needed !
Kitchen Crew
(3:00 - 8:30 pm) 
Assist with preparing food in the kitchen
Clean-up Support Crew
(4:30 - 9:30 pm) 
Monitor cocktail sauce and butter stations, take out trash, assist with dishes
Please contact
Carol Louisell, Director of Community Engagement, at
or 925-954-8736.
Tuesday, January 26th
Ambrose Community Center
3105 Willow Pass Road,
Bay Point
Refreshments will be served.
Blossoms for Barbara
The Clayton Valley Garden Club honors former member, Barbara Manss, by delivering over 1,100 flowering plants to frail seniors for Valentine's Day.


March for Meals 2016
If you would like to support MOWSOS by delivering meals with a volunteer driver during the week of March 21-25, please contact Leigh Shughrou, Public Affairs Specialist, at, or 925-937-8311 x133.

When completing your  shopping on Amazon, use Amazon Smile and pick Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services as your charity of choice.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of every purchase to our organization.
Make your purchases count, visit! 
Inside Pleasant Hill Episode 305
Featuring Elaine Clark and Carol Louisell.

Available Resources
It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot!
  As long as flu viruses are spreading, it's not too late to get a vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Read this brief summary 
on the importance of getting the flu shot from the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP).
Prescription Drug Discount Program for California Medicare Recipients
Contact the California Department of Health Care Services at
or click here for more information.

John Muir Health Educational Opportunities
Understanding and Preventing Stroke
Tuesday, January 19th
9:30am - 11:00am
John Muir Medical Center,
Memory Screenings 2016
John Muir Health
Outpatient Centers
Tice Valley/Rossmoor, and Walnut Creek
Call 925-947-3300 to reserve your 30 minute appointment.
New MOWSOS Position

Join the MOWSOS team as our new
Donor Relations Manager 
Check out the job description and help us spread the word!
Issue 4, Volume 1
January 2016
I just completed the most amazing Skype meeting with Shirley Krohn, California Senior Legislator, and a group of students at Cal State Bakersfield. Together we are attempting to change
Did you know that home delivered meals are not covered by Medicare or Medi-Cal, even when prescribed by a physician? Low income seniors who are dual eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal are forced to remain in expensive facilities because they do not have access to food if they return home. 
The solution is extremely inexpensive: Medi-Cal coverage of physician-prescribed, therapeutic, home delivered meals.  Just like a prescription for medicine, the prescription would cover a limited period of time during recovery. 
Professor Rosemary McCleary and her Social Policy class are tackling this issue.  The goal is to craft legislation to create a Medi-Cal waiver which will allow doctors to prescribe food for seniors as a health issue. Anticipated savings to Medi-Cal could be millions over a few years.
We will keep you informed of our progress in the next few months.  Join us in the triple aim of improving patient health, improving community health, and reducing healthcare costs. 

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 Making A Difference

Generations of Volunteerism


"I grew up with my grandmother and learned at a very young age 'the older you are, the better you are,'" says Renee Asnicar, a Meals on Wheels Volunteer Driver since 1990.
Pictured from left to right: Willie Criner, Volunteer Driver, Renee Asnicar, Volunteer  Driver, Nancy Raniere, Meals on Wheels Program Specialist, Mary Asnicar, MOWSOS Driver and Site Manager, and Francine and Dominic Confetti, Volunteer Drivers.

Renee's family has always been deeply involved in volunteerism.  "Giving back was ingrained in us.  Each generation has passed it along to the next," say Asnicar. 
In fact, Renee's daughters both delivered meals with her during the summers and on holidays when they were school-aged.  Today, her youngest daughter, Mary, works as a part-time Meals on Wheels driver and Site Manager, and also volunteers her time to the cause.  Mary recently celebrated her 10th anniversary with MOWSOS. 

Grandsons Nick and Alex (7 and 11) also deliver meals with their grandmother.  "Nick particularly enjoys counting the meals before we set off on the route and helps me carry the meals to the door," says Asnicar.
Nick, age 7.

Renee wishes more people would get involved and become volunteer drivers.  "I've met so many interesting people and have very fond memories.  It has been extremely satisfying for me and my family," says Asnicar.

For more information, contact Carol Louisell, Director of Community Engagement, at or 925-954-8736.
Purchase Your Raffle Tickets TODAY!

Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 tickets for $100 for a chance to win these fantastic prizes*:
  • Go "Inside Out" for PIXAR!  Disney and Pixar Animation Studios have generously donated an autographed book by Oscar Award-Winning      Production Designer of "Inside Out," Ralph Eggelston.  Also included are three character "plushies" - Joy, Sadness, and Disgust - as well as a DVD of the movie.  
  • $300 Amazon Gift Card  Purchase anything your heart desires for $300 on  Be sure to choose MOWSOS when you you make your purchase through
  • Dragon Boat Canoe Ride  You and up to 20 of your closest friends can experience this modern 48 foot-long dragon boat and cruise the Berkeley Marina.  
  • Chef's Dinner for Four at Forbes Mill Steakhouse Delight in a double-date and savor a five course meal paired with exquisite wines selected by a sommelier.  
*You do not need to be present to win.
The  event is sold out, but we can add your name to our waiting list. Please contact Carol Louisell at or 925-954-8736.

You can still support MOWSOS by purchasing raffle tickets today.

 Fall Prevention

Cal State University East Bay Nursing Students Gain Valuable Skills Through Partnership with MOWSOS
Four times a year the Fall Prevention Program partners with nursing students from CSU East Bay to bring an in-home exercise program to twelve of our clients. 

"Our physical therapists visit the clients in their homes to conduct a few simple balance tests and assess their abilities," says Alayne Balke, Fall Prevention Program Manager.   Cal State East Bay nursing students visit the clients once a week for eight weeks to conduct customized exercises to improve balance and ultimately reduce fall risk.  
Pictured from left to right:  Patricia Farizell, Nursing Student, Pam Romesha, Nursing Student, Patricia Grier, Physical Therapist and Intructor, and Eleonor Lucas, Nursing Student.
After 8 weeks of exercise sessions with the nursing students, the physical therapist will repeat the balance tests.  "Clients show good improvements in their scores even after such a short period of time.  And, they enjoy
the visits with the nursing students who conduct a
mini-health assessment and connect them to other needed MOWSOS services," says Balke. 
For suggestions on how to reduce a loved one's fall risk or
more information on the Fall Prevention Program, please contact Alayne Balke at or
925-937-8311 x125.

C.C. Cafés

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Thirty-six Years at the Walnut Creek C.C. Café
Vernell is an active, healthy and happy "ninety-something" year old.  She is the epitome of what we all want to be in our twilight years.
Vernell, circa 2000.

Vernell follows the textbook to a T when it comes to living a long and healthy life, and on June 17, 2016, she will celebrate her 36th year as a Walnut Creek C.C. Café diner and volunteer.

"I keep busy both physically and mentally," says Vernall.  "I'm social by nature, so that helps a lot," she says.
Vernell's husband, Jonathan, visited the Bay Area in 1946.  "He was in Oakland to attend his twin brother's wedding as best man when he met employers from the Union Pacific Railroad in a restaurant while having lunch.  He was hired the following day," she reminisces.


Vernell with her 2010 Certificate of Appreciation for 30 years of service.

When her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, they would often take walks through Civic Park before their lunch at the C.C. Café to help with his balance and to get some exercise.  "We ate lunch at the café every day," says Vernell, "and have developed many, many friendships here over the years." 


When she's not having lunch at the C.C. Café, Vernell is spending time with her daughter, four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.  "They keep me on my toes," she says, "and I like it that way!"


For more information about the C.C. Cafés, please contact Michelle Gee at or 925-937-8311 x108. 
 Home Care Referral

Caregiving is a Constant Learning Experience
The job of caregiving, while a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor, is fraught with stress and requires an incredible amount of patience and understanding.

The most successful people are constantly learning and adapting. The same is true for caregiving!

However, stress among caregivers is extremely common. Caregivers often try to do everything by themselves, which eventually leaves them worn out and unable to attend to everything they are expected to do.

Often times, caregivers are unaware of valuable resources offered in their own communities.  MOWSOS's free Family Caregiver Workshops are one such resource and have become widely successful in Contra Costa County. 

"We have presented these workshops for over four years and have assembled a team of community experts including Hospice of the East Bay, Elderly Wish Foundation, Alzheimer's Association and Hillendale Home Care," says Cynthia Black, Health and Wellness Division Manager.  "The positive feedback we receive is overwhelming."  

MOWSOS is offering three Family Caregiver Workshops this quarter.  If you know someone who is an unpaid family caregiver, please recommend they attend a workshop.  You'll be glad you did.
For more information about the Family Caregiving Workshops, please contact Rhonda Dietsch at or 925-937-8311.
 Healthy Bites

New Year, Healthier You 
According to Health Magazine, each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later.
It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible.
This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it.
Here's to your health!
 About Town

Walnut Creek C.C. Café Manager Kenny Lin celebrates with Café diner, Ruth Tauv.

Birthday Ladies show off their 

 hand-made aprons and soaps lovingly made by MOW Program Specialist, Nancy Raniere (aprons)and CEO, Elaine Clark, (soaps).  From left to right:  Lois Adair, Mimi Howard, and Roberta Whitman.

Happy Holidays from your Health and Wellness Team.  From left to right:  Mary Hanenburg, Cynthia Black, and Rhonda Dietsch.
 At the Alhambra Valley Christmas Tree Farm Fundraiser, from left to right:  Helene Kremer, Pacific Union, Marketing Coordinator; Sharon Fitzgerald, MOWSOS Nutrition Services Division Manager; Pete Sabine, Pacific Union Realtor; Bonnie Paulson, MOWSOS Volunteer; Lori O'Brien, Pacific Union Realtor;  Carol Louisell, MOWSOS Director of Community Engagement; Michael Moore, Pacific Union Realtor; Leigh Shughrou, MOWSOS Public Affairs Specialist.

Physical Therapist and Instructor, Patricia Grier, demonstrates balance testing at the MOWSOS office in Walnut Creek.

With Special Thanks to our Shrimp Dinner Fundraiser Partners
Dave & Sharon

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Leigh Shughrou
Public Affairs Specialist
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
925-937-8311 x133

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