SENIOR MOMENTS
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 Senior Outreach
Services 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
Upcoming Events
Media
AmazonSmile
Leave A Legacy
Available Resources
Awards and Recognition
Election Clerk Jobs
Making A Difference
Coordinated Care
C.C. Cafés
Health and Wellness
Healthy Bites
About Town
WELCOME NEW VOLUNTEERS
 
Meals on Wheels

Marianne Lehman
Sal Lucio
Vickie Lucido
Patrick Mendes
Laurel Pang

  Friendly Visitors
 
Inez Bailey
Judy Hatz
Lois Johnson
Sue Pierce
Betty Tain
Cameo Van Duker
James Van Duker
Bruce Walker  
 
WORDS WE
LIVE BY  
 
For All the Mothers of the World
 
"God sent to this world
a human being with a special destiny
with a mind full of intelligence, kindness and compassion and gave her a world of love,
intelligence to understand the mistakes of her beloved children with loving arms when they repent,
compassion to forgive their offenses, and love to fill their lives with those she carried in her womb and loved before she even saw them.
And,with intelligence and wisdom she guided them into adulthood.
That human being with a special destiny...
God gave her the name of Mother and we learned to call her Mom"
 
"God Bless Her!"
 
Written by Enrique Sosa
Bay Point C. C. Café Diner
 UPCOMING EVENTS
  
Walk of Honor
for our Veterans

Saturday, May 21st
Check-in 8:30am

Crockett
Community Center
850 Pomona Street,
Crockett

Click here for details and registration.
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CarFit
Interactive and educational driver safety class for older adults
 
Saturday, May 21st
10:00am - 1:00pm
 
555 Boyd Road,
Pleasant Hill
 
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Free Family Caregiver Workshop 
 
Tuesday, May 24th
1:00pm - 3:00pm

 1300 Civic Drive,
Walnut Creek
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Crockett C.C. Café 
"Bring a Friend Day"
 
Thursday, May 26th
11:30am - 1:00pm
850 Pomona Street,
Crockett

 

Flyer

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MOWSOS Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

~Save the Date~
 
Thursday, June 16th
1:00pm-4:00pm

  Heather Farm,
Walnut Creek
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Media
       

AmazonSmile
 
 
 
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 eligible purchases to our organization.
  
Make your purchases count, visit smile.amazon.com! 
Bequests
 
As a 501(c)3, we are eligible to receive bequests. 

Please contact Erica Marcus at emarcus@mowsos.org
 or 925-937-8315.  
Available Resources

Contra Costa County Information & Assistance

 

Contra Costa Crisis Center
Awards and Recognition

#WalnutCreekWorks Commendation from

Mayor Haskew

 

 Clayton Valley Women's Club

Celebration of Living Award 2016

  The Rotary Club of the Delta, Antioch

Certification of Appreciation

awarded to Elaine Clark

"In honor of Your Contributions and Presentation." 





Job Openings for Seasonal Election Clerks
 
The Contra Costa County Elections Division has immediate openings for civic minded, seasonal clerks to work in various capacities during this exciting presidential election season.

Click here for more information.

Issue 4, Volume 5
May 2016
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We need your help.
 
Falls are the number one preventable injury for seniors.  Nearly half of all seniors hospitalized due to a fall cannot return home. 
   
The Fall Prevention service has a waiting list of over 60 seniors.  The cost to serve all of these frail individuals is $36,000. 
 
Funding cuts don't allow us to meet the demand and many will fall as a result. Your one-time donation of $600 allows us to remove a senior from the waiting list and provide a full range of life-saving fall prevention services.
 
If you can help, go to our website and use the donate button and select the "Fall Prevention Program" designation. Or send a check.  Mark the donation "Falls" and we will use the funds to help a senior on our waiting list. 

 
Sincerely,
 
 
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Making A Difference

Helping a Veteran in Need

 

MOWSOS works with many partners to help seniors age in place.  Bob Timbers and his staff at Safe at Home are one such partner.

 

We have been working together since 2012.

 

Recently, Bob and his staff went above and beyond the call of duty by helping a veteran on a fixed-income who was in critical need of the installation of two grab bars the California Department of Veteran's Affairs had provided him. 

 

"The seventy-three year old Oakley veteran lives in an apartment complex for seniors that requires payment for any labor performed under its roof," says Alayne Balke, Fall Prevention Program Manager.  "Our client was pleased to receive the grab bars but simply did not have enough money to pay for the installation."

 

Safe at Home Owner, Bob Timbers, didn't hesitate.  He offered to install the grab bars free of charge to honor the seventy-three year old veteran. 

 

"We enjoy the work we do," says Safe at Home Owner, Bob Timbers.  And our partnership with MOWSOS gives us a lot of satisfaction!" 

The Safe at Home display at the 2015 Fall Prevention Pancake Breakfast.

Pictured from left to right:  Karl Whitehead and Bob Timbers.

 
For more information, contact Alayne Balke at abalke@mowsos.org or 925-937-8311 x301.
Coordinated Care
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 So Much More Than a Meal

  
Amalia learned to sew when she was a small child and it has brought her much joy in life.

Born in Nicaragua, Amalia's parents sent her to the United States to live with her aunt at the tender age of sixteen.  "I didn't speak a word of English," she recalls, "and I was very homesick."

With just enough money to take hair-dressing classes, Amalia began earning $2 per hair cut and eventually met and married her husband. They have lived in Bay Point for twenty-eight years.
Amalia and Mary
From left to right:  Amalia and MOWSOS driver, Mary Asnicar.
The two, once very active, now  struggle with recurring medical conditions.  "I have severe arthritis in my neck, sciatica, and a herniated disk," says Amalia.  "And  I will have surgery on my wrists soon due to carpal tunnel syndrome."

"Before I was referred to Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS), there were many days I didn't get out of bed," she says.  "And cooking was impossible."

Pictured from left to right: Amalia and Janett Tong, MOWSOS Fall Prevention Assistant.
Fortunately, Amalia contacted the Care Management Program and was quickly given some much-needed relief.  "I now have grab bars in my bedroom, bathroom and family room where I spend most of my time," says Amalia. 

Amalia also receives a daily, nutritious meal through the Meals on Wheels Program which helps keep her nourished. 

"On good days I work on art projects," says Amalia.  "I miss my days of sewing and embroidery work, so when I can, I make gifts for friends and neighbors."

"I am truly indebted and grateful to MOWSOS."
         
The Care Management team of care managers work with clients in their homes to connect them with all of the social supports needed.  For Amalia, that included home delivered meals and fall prevention devices.


If you or someone you know needs help, contact Rosa Loya at rloya@mowsos.org or 925-937-8311 x201.  

C.C. Cafés


    
"Be Our Guest" Cinco de Mayo
Fiesta at the Pittsburg C.C. Café   
 
 It was dancing-room only at the Pittsburg C.C. Café's Cinco de Mayo Celebration.

Supported by the Keller Canyon Mitigation Fund and
Supervisor Federal Glover, the C.C. Café diners were treated to a menu of chicken tamales with sauce and cheese, pinto beans, Spanish rice, and macaroons for dessert.

Joy Walker, the Pittsburg Senior Center's Recreation Supervisor, made the event extra-special by providing fabulous decorations, sombreros, and raffle prizes.
 
Sombreros and smiles abound.
"The café was transformed into a Mexican Fiesta," says Sharon Fitzgerald, MOWSOS Nutrition Services Division Manager.  "The D.J., Charles Morris, (Watergate DJ Services) kept everyone out of their seats and on the dance floor," says Sharon, "including me!" 
 
 
C.C. Cafés are open to everyone 60 years or older. For more information, contact Sharon Fitzgerald at sfitzgerald@mowsos.org or 925-891-4872.
Health and Wellness

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Food Safety on the Move 
 
If you're hitting the road for a picnic or cookout, be aware that cases of food poisoning peak in the summer months.  If you're on the move with food, remember these food safety tips.
  • Bring soap to wash your hands.
  • Hot car?  No coolers in the trunk.
  • Don't let food sit out.
  • Pack plenty of ice.
  • Keep raw meat separate.
  • Use a food thermometer.

For more safety tips, visit www.fightbac.org

         
For nutrition tips, contact the Health and Wellness Division Manager, Cynthia Black, at cblack@mowsos.org or
925-239-2484.
 Healthy Bites

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Catch Me if You Can  

 

Read this inspiring story about Harold Bach, a ninety-six year old, multi gold medal winner in the 2016 Senior Olympics hosted annually by the National Senior Games Association.

96 year old Harold Bach wins the Gold Medal.


Harold didn't start competing until the age of seventy-two when family members asked him to join them at a National Senior Games near his home town in North Dakota.
 

He now has 166  medals in all, many of them gold.

 

Full story.

           
 About Town

 

Friendly Visitors share more than a cup of coffee.  Pictured from left to right:  Ruth Moreno and Julie Wyrick.
Dancing room only at the Pittsburg C.C.Café.
Seniors at the Pittsburg Senior Center learn to use a Tablet thanks to MOWSOS and AT&T.

College Park High School students participate in a ride-a-long with Mt. Diablo Unified School Superintendent. 

Pictured from left to right:  Student, Dare Miller; Mt. Diablo Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Nellie Meyer; Student, Marie Sosa; and Student, Luca Giannini.

The  AARP photography crew at the Walnut Creek C. C. Café. (see AARP Magazine story under Media Section above, left).
Director of Care Management, Rosa Loya, greets guest at the Concord "Age Long, Live Strong" Health Expo.

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 x104
lshughrou@mowsos.org

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