Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
Serving the Older Adult Population of Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, and Sunol

5353 Sunol Boulevard, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Issue 30: February 2018
Our mission is to provide service and assistance to seniors that will foster independence, promote safety and well being, preserve dignity, and improve quality of life
Happy Valentine's Day
from the SSPTV staff
"Doing what you love is where happiness lives"

Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization .

Meet Ms. Sharon Jackson

The SSPTV staff looks forward to a special letter in our email box every week, from Sharon, telling us she will soon be in the office.  Sharon always greets us with her wonderful smile and is ready to take on any task large or small that needs to get done..

Sharon, who retired four years ago as an administrator in the telecommunications field has plenty of experience when it comes to keeping an office humming along.  Quickly after she hung up her "admin hat" she and her husband moved out west to be with her son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters.  It was at one of her granddaughters basketball games that she met an SSPTV staff member who talked about our organization and the rest shall we say is history. Sharon is the perfect  fit  for our office and we are so thankful for that serendipitous meeting.  A s she likes to remind us, "Every one of the ladies and gentlemen in the office are exceptional and she is honored to be able to work with us.  
Thank you Sharon, the honor works both ways!  

Family  Caregiver Support Group

Family Caregiver Support Group 
Monday, February 12
from 1:00-3:00 pm

Special Guest
Nancy Bennett, MS, RDN, CDE
Healthy Lifestyle Program Manager

Join us for a 30 min Nutrition talk
 with easy recipes for quick nutritious options
for those mealtime challenges.
Talk will start at 1:15 pm

5353 Sunol Boulevard, Pleasanton
In the main classroom at the Pleasanton Senior Center

Contact Barbara Will at 925-931-5389 or for more information.

D o you know what resources are available in our community?

Each  month we will highlight an organization or business that serves 
our tri- valley seniors. 

Dial-A-Ride and Pari-Taxi 

Dial-A-Ride is an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit service.  It provides accessible door-to-door transportation to eligible people with disabilities in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Alameda County.  This service is available whenever fixed-route service is operating.

Dial-A-Ride is public shared ride transportation.  Drivers can provide assistance to the vehicle from the front door of the origin and to the front door of the destination but do not enter private businesses or residences.

For further information
Contact Telephone Numbers
  • Dial-A-Ride Reservations & Cancellations: 925-455-7510
  • Questions and Comments: 925-455-7555
  • General Customer Service: 925-455-7500
Dial a Ride

New Tai Chi Class

WHAT: FREE 12-week Tai Chi Program
January 8th - March 28th
Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 P.M.
WHERE: Vineyard Village
3700 Pacific Ave.
Livermore, CA 94560
(925) 443-9270

To Register: Call or sign up at site

Join Joey Tchang in this gentle but effective form of exercise proven to improve balance, flexibility and strength as well as improve sleep quality and mental/physical well-being.   

For additional information, contact Joey at  925-931-5383

Notes from
Michele Moore, MA 
Substance Abuse Disorder Counselor, LMFT

A growing number of America's senior citizens are being diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD), previously known as alcoholism. A recent study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that the number of adults over age 65 who engaged in high-risk drinking increased 65 percent between 2002 and 2013.

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley (SSPTV) addresses this growing health concern by offering free outpatient treatment programs for adults over age 60, living in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Sunol.

The sharp rise in AUD has had far-reaching impacts upon seniors, who face greater health risks because the effects of alcohol on the body increase with age. Emergency room visits for alcohol-related falls have risen among older adults, along with deaths from liver cirrhosis. AUD also increases the risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. In addition, alcohol interacts with many medications, increasing the likelihood of dangerous side effects. Some causes found for rising AUD among seniors include lingering financial anxiety caused by the 2008 recession, unanticipated loss of security, mental illness caused by social isolation, as well as increased social acceptance of alcohol misuse.

SSPTV recognizes the need to provide therapeutic assistance to older adults struggling with AUD and other Substance Use Disorders (SUD). The agency's treatment programs connect seniors with counselors for in-home individual, and/or on-site group therapy. "Clients have self-reported that our programs reduced their sense of isolation while increasing feelings of independence. They became agents of change in their own recovery process," said SUD Counselor Michele Moore MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, "As we age, maintaining mental and physical health often presents unexpected challenges. Access to programs with caring, professional staff makes a very positive difference in the lives of Tri-Valley seniors and their families. SSPTV appreciates the community organization partnerships and individual contributions that make our SUD prevention and treatment programs possible."

For more information regarding AUD/SUD programs at Senior Support, contact Michele Moore at (925) 918-0868. Counseling is both confidential and free of charge.

Healthy Living Ideas

Leafy Greens and Dementia

Dark, leafy greens rich in lutein, folate, beta carotene, and other valuable nutrients could help slow age-related mental  decline  and ward off dementia, new research suggest.  Scientists  at Rush University and Tufts University analyzed the dietary habits and monitored  the  brain function of 960 older people, with an average age of 81, for about five years.  

They found that the  participants  who reported eating at  least  one daily serving of kale, spinach or another leafy green vegetable had the brain function of someone 11 years younger, reports the Los Angeles Time, "Its almost unbelievable," says senior  author  Martha Morris.  "Eating  these  leafy greens was independently associated with slower cognitive  decline.  That tells you this single food group contains so many nutrients, it could be brain-protective."  

Scientists speculate that the nutrients in leafy greens could help  protect  against stress and  inflammation , as well as chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, which  take  a long term toll on the brain.
The Week, January 12, 2018

Finding Wellness

Need a little help keeping those New Year resolutions
A New Finding Wellness Class  could be just what you're looking for.


St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
1315 Lomitas Ave, Livermore
TUESDAYS from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
F ebruary 13th, 20th, 27th

Wicklow Square Senior Apartments
7606 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin
THURSDAYS from 10:00 am - 11:15 am 
February 1st, 8th, 15th


Kenneth Aitken Senior Community Center
17800 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley
WEDNESDAYS from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Dublin Senior Center
7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin
THURSDAYS from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
February 22nd, March 1st, 8th, 22nd (no class March 15th)

Acacia Creek
34400 Mission Blvd,  Fremont
MONDAYS from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm 
 February 5th, 12th 

From The Desk of Joey Tchang
Fall Prevention Coordinator

Your Feet are the Base of Support

One of the important things in preventing falls is the importance of posture and alignment. It all begins with your feet!

The feet provide a base of support for the body and having a good solid base goes a long way to helping us maintain a good alignment . There are three main points that you should be able to sense when you are standing. Imagine a triangle with the heel being the point and the big toe and little toe being the other two points.

When you stand, feel that you are balanced with all three points . Practice standing and coming up on the ball of the foot to help improve balance.

Next up the ladder is the ankle. The ankle should be flexible to help with walking.

Keep your ankles limber  by slowly pointing and flexing the foot any time you are sitting. Pointing stretches the ligaments on the top of the foot and flexing stretches the Achilles tendon. This up and down motion is important for daily activities of living and helps prevent shuffling - a risk factor for falls.

Finally, add circle your feet clockwise and then counter clockwise when you are sitting to keep the entire ankle flexible in all directions.

With a solid foot and flexible ankle, the next point of focus is the knee. The knee should be strong and stable. Maintain good muscle strength in the legs to help support the knee joint. Try riding a stationary bike or walking up stairs and be sure to stretch the muscles of the legs before working out or playing sports. The knees will also benefit from wearing proper shoes and maintaining a healthy weight.

If you have knee pain , range of motion exercises and leg strengthening exercises can help. Check with a physical therapist or doctor to help you with these exercises.

Lastly, maintain flexibility in your hips to help with balance and motion. Check with your doctor or a physical therapist to help evaluate your hip flexibility. 

Credits: American Bone Health

Make time for a healthy, fun cooking class.
Limited seats available so don't wait.

Fresh Bites Cooking Class

When: Thursday, February 15  at  2:00 pm
Where: at the SSPTV office 5353 Sunol Blvd

RSVP required
Call Nancy Bennett at (925)-931-5382

Not everyone can be an Olympic athlete, but you sure can have fun trying!

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
Social Group for Widowed Seniors

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 2017-2018 Calendar

Please call:  Mary McNamara  (925) 931-5381
 or  Barbara Will (925) 931-5389

Senior Support Exercise Program 
at Kottinger Gardens
251 Kottinger Dr. Pleasanton
February 2018    
Mondays from 11:15am - 12:15pm
Bring your bands, balls, and water.
Mondays, February 5, 12, 26
No Class on February 19

 Call with any questions: Nicole Albrecht (925) 931-5378

Funded by Alameda County Departments of Public Health and Area Agency on Aging, including grants from Measure A, Kaiser Permanente, and Private Donations.

 Friendly Visitor Program
Volunteers are what keep us going strong.

Are you looking for a way to give back to the seniors in our community?   The Friendly Visitor Program may be just what you are looking for.

A few hours a week that can fit around your schedule provides:
  • socialization,
  • grocery and shopping assistance,
  • home and telephone visit. 
Our volunteers put in many hours providing support and friendship and the rewards are priceless. We also welcome v olunteers who are multi-lingual  in Mandarin, Spanish, Farsi and Bengali.

We also have opportunities to help senior's run errands and get groceries. It offers a flexible time commitment.  Interested? Contact Lori for more details.

For further information 
Contact Lorie Rohloff at (925) 931-5388 or

SOAR Program
(Stepping Out And Reconnecting)

Dear Friends and Partners,

We are seeking community support to prevent the loss of an important senior services program called SOAR.  SOAR (Stepping Out And Reconnecting) provides help to seniors who suddenly find themselves alone and socially isolated, as can happen after the loss or relocation of longtime friends or family. SOAR provides a lifeline to new friendships, support, and activities designed to foster engagement and retain independence. When obstacles to that dream arise, having access to caring professional staff at a program like SOAR can make all the difference!

Medication Safety Program 

 Dublin Update

Dublin Police Services is proud to announce the opening of a new pharmaceutical disposal site in the lobby of the Dublin Police Department ( 100 Civic Plaza).  The collection bin is accessible to the public  Mondaythrough  Friday8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Controlled prescription medications, as well as over-the-counter medications, will be accepted for disposal.  This is a free service open to the public.   

The installation of this pharmaceutical drop-off bin addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States, especially opioids, are growing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Expired or unused pharmaceuticals are susceptible to accidental ingestion (especially among children), theft, and abuse.  Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, usually by people raiding medicine cabinets.  Additionally, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.  Availability to this disposal site will also protect the environment by keeping dangerous drugs out of waterways and landfills. 

Twice annually, Dublin Police Services, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), offers a "Drug Take-Back" event.  These events result in the collection of hundreds of pounds of medications.  While Dublin Police will continue to host these semi-annual events, it became clear that regular access to a pharmaceutical disposal site would be welcomed in the community. 

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Our local Parkinson's Support Group 
offers a monthly support group
 on the second Saturday of each month.
 10:00- Noon 
 Pleasanton Senior Center 
 5353 Sunol Blvd.

They also offer a group exercise class for Parkinson's Disease and other neurological & mobility challenges. 
Thursdays 9:00 am- 10:00 am
Lynnewood United Methodist Church
4444 Black Ave, Pleasanton CA

For more information on either the support group or the exercise class, please contact; 
Mary Behrendt 
 (925)-989-0209 or

A big thank you to our local business and community organizations that support our seniors.

Graham-Hitch Mortuary Services
PEO Sisterhood, Chapter FX 
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley 
would like to 
thank the following sponsors 
for their 
continued support over the years:

Cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin,
Alameda County Departments of Behavioral Health, Area Agency on Aging, and Public Health,
Alameda County Transportation Commission for their support of our VAST Program,
Alameda County Measure A,
 Supervisor Nate Miley,
Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

We love our  Individual Donors

James Murray
Ward Sweeney Elaine G. Szeto
Marilyn M.Lane
Pat Curcija
Dale Jones
Ruth Barnett
Raquel Santon
Lorna Aguilar
Mimi Norwood
Pietrina A. DiPiazza
R. A Macus
Sheila J. McAlinden Salma Ikram
Jacqueline Adrian
Carol Anderson John Rogers, Jr. Fanabells Ventura
Maria Tindall Carol Thorngate Edmund Salazar
Mark Sampson Susan Springer Joe Foos
Mary Jane Stack Yong Li
Joseph & Geraldine
In memory of 
Benjamin L.& Ethel M.Methvin

Karen and Gerald

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