City of Daly City Department of Library and Recreation Services

May 21, 2020

Daly City Seniors ZOOMing to Wellness
Virtual Fitness Event
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM
We hope you will join us for our FIRST VIRTUAL EVENT on Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 AM. This exciting program was originally envisioned as a virtual health and fitness fair but has developed into a wonderful, live, interactive experience!

The program includes:

  • exercise with Leslie K. Dubrige, HWC, ACC, CTC, M.A.
  • dance with Jeanette Feinberg
  • "name that tune" with Gloria Soliz
  • messages from your Recreation staff, and
  • much more!

Join us at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 28 by clicking here or by entering into your web browser.
Click here to reserve your spot at the Senior Scam Stopper Zoominar!
Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. The month is observed with media, local events, and film screenings.

During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year NAMI fights stigma, provides support, educates the public and advocates for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Throughout the month, NAMI will feature personal stories from real people experiencing mental health conditions. By reading about lived experience, we aim to make people feel less alone in their mental health journeys and increase awareness about mental illness. Share your story and tell us what the message of "You Are Not Alone" means to you!
On Monday, May 18, the number of COVID-19 testing sites operated by Verily expanded to include Daly City. Testing is free and available without restriction to anyone. An appointment is required in advance. To make an appointment, click here .

After being tested, residents will receive results and other information by email.
Nutrition & Culinary Arts
with  Opal Fuller
This week, Opal Fuller -- who leads the Active Adult/Senior Services team in preparing 40,000 meals a year at the Doelger Senior Center -- shares one of her favorite "at home" recipes: fried chicken. Enjoy!
Daly City Public Library
As mentioned above by Mayor Glenn Sylveste r , the Daly City Public Library wants you to help contribute to a community-wide record of the unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency by sharing your experience(s). Our local history will be incomplete without the evidence of how the pandemic is impacting you as a resident of Daly City. We encourage all ages to participate in this effort!

To help you brainstorm, we included a couple of prompts on The Community History Project website. You do not have to answer these prompts exactly, nor do you have to answer them all. You can answer them in whichever way you feel comfortable. If you want to share your thoughts in a poem or a song, we encourage you to do so!

We also encourage you to submit photos! You may submit a maximum of THREE (3) photos to include with your submission to . Please include your name and email address with your photos since these will be submitted separately from the submission form.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please email Librarian, Patricia Delara at .
Laughter is the Best Medicine
A lovely group of Recreational Leadership students in the City of Calgary in Alberta, Canada have created a hotline to bring joy to those in isolation. When you dial the hotline's toll-free number, you will be able to choose from a number of pre-recorded options so that you can listen to stories, kind messages, jokes, and more!
You can give The Joy4All Project a call at:

1 (877) JOY-4ALL
1 (877) 569-4255
Check out this video with Billy Crystal on The Late Late Show with James Corden for a fun introduction to The Joy4All Project.
Back here in the contiguous 48, our own Miriam Escajadillo shares the following funnies that have kept her smiling and chuckling through the challenging days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you, Miriam, for always bringing us joy!
  • 2019-Stay away from negative people.  2020-Stay away from positive people.
  • May your troubles be less, May your blessings be more, May nothing but happiness come through your door, and if it does, make sure it's wearing a mask!
  • I feel like I'm 16 again, I've got long hair and I'm grounded.
  • You know, if it wasn't for my weekly pill dispenser, I wouldn't know what day it was!
  • And now it's OK to wear a mask when you go to the bank!?
Be Well Corner: Tips to Thrive Amidst the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place
with Leslie K. (Peay) DuBridge , HWC, ACC, CTC, M.A .

The National Institutes of Health recommends functional fitness exercises that support four fitness goals for seniors: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Many exercises and activities address all four goals. Plus, most exercises work together to reinforce each other’s benefits. Increased endurance leads to more exercise, which builds strength and supports flexibility and improves balance. Here are four very effective functional fitness exercises for seniors. They are simple, safe, and can be done almost anywhere. If you’re just starting an exercise program or have physical limitations, it’s important to check with your doctor to make sure the exercises are right and safe for you.

Walking is possibly the single best exercise for seniors or anyone, really. Walking addresses all four types of functional fitness goals. In particular, it strengthens major muscle groups, and it supports endurance, balance, and flexibility. The fact that it can be done anywhere is a real plus. A walk in nature is not only good for the body, but good for the soul and mind as well. If you’re not already a regular walker, are rehabilitating an injury, or have other physical limitations, be sure to start out slowly. Even ten minutes a day of normal paced walking can be effective. Build up speed and duration as your body allows.

This one is really good for strengthening your legs, maintaining flexibility in the hip and knee joints, and even building or maintaining cardiac endurance. For most of us, stairs are pretty available and convenient to use. But if that’s not the case for you, skip the elevator the next time you visit the doctor or the supermarket, and take the stairs, or ramp, instead.

Also called a chair squat, this exercise is simple and easy to do. You can do it every time you sit down, whether to eat, play cards with someone in your home,, watch TV, or engage in any other seated activity. Begin by standing in front of your chair, and then sit as you normally would. However, before you actually touch the chair or transfer weight to it, stand up again. Repeat several times.

This exercise can help improve upper body strength, especially in your arms and chest. Stand slightly less than arm’s length from the wall, close enough to place your palms flat on the wall. Keeping your body straight, bend your elbows and lean forward toward the wall. Then press away from the wall to your starting position. The closer you are to the wall, the easier the exercise will be. Start closer and work yourself farther away, as you are able. (references NIA,Goodman grp).

Let’s focus on walking, for today’s issue.

Meet Jessica Slaughter! Watch this inspiring (shelter-in-place-friendly) 3-minute video of one humble woman’s story of how walking changed her life.

Challenge for you: Starting next week, if you have a pedometer or wearable fitness tracker, each day jot down the number of steps you walked. At the end of the week,, calculate the total number of steps you’ve walked then divide that number by 7. That’s the average number of steps you’ve walked.

Please e-mail your average number of steps walked from this week’s Walking Challenge to Health & Wellness Coach Leslie at . The person with the highest average number of steps walked that week will receive a free active ager fitness resource! The WINNER could be YOU!

Functional Fitness is key to optimal wellness and to help get you or keep you motivated in your wellness please join me and my colleagues on May 28 th for our City’s 1 st Virtual “ZOOMing to Wellness” fitness event. See the announcement at the beginning of this e-News and also in Senior Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Der’s article below for more information. We hope that you can join us!

Cognitive Exercise
Keeping your mind engaged and challenged is as beneficial as your physical activity.

Here’s a cognitive challenge for you this week: The Connections Game. The aim of this puzzle is to help stimulate the brain and allow it to make connections. Here’s how to play. In the left column there is a pair of words. Your goal is to find a third word that is connected or associated with both of these two words.

Let’s take the first pair as an example: PIANO and LOCK. The answer is KEY. The word key is connected with both the word piano and the word lock: there are KEYS on a piano and you use a KEY to lock doors.

Now it is your turn, try out the next five:


Enjoy!  I know that you can do it! Until next issue, stay well…
-- Leslie

Susan Houston : VP, Older Adult Programs

For almost half of Peninsula Family Service’s 70-year existence, Susan Houston has led the nonprofit’s Older Adult Services program. She is PFS’ strongest advocate for older individuals to connect and thrive through key programs at sites all over the county, specifically in Daly City. “PFS is proud to partner with Daly City in promoting older residents’ independence, wellness and engagement in North County,” said Susan.

PFS Senior Peer Counseling program trains diverse volunteer counselors for one-on-one or group counseling to members 55 years and older coping with grief, isolation, anxiety and/or changes in health. PFS Filipino Peer Counseling coordinator Tessie Madrinan facilitates the popular “Kapihan” (Tagalog for “coffee break”). Held Wednesdays at Lincoln Community Center and currently virtually through group calls, participants interact with contemporaries in discussions about life as well as cooking and musical activities.

Help@Home Technology-based Support helps older adults familiarize with their communication devices for on-demand emotional support using digital applications. H@H specialist Arlene Aquino gives workshops called “Appy Hour” regularly at Doelger Senior Center, Hillside Apartment Gardens and on request at community centers.

The pilot program “ Got Wheels! ” provides Daly City residents 70 years and older $5 one-way taxi rides point-to-point in Daly City. Launched last year, the program ends in June. Program coordinator Cherie Querol Moreno says a new transportation program is anticipated to start later this year.

Second Careers Employment directed by Brenda Brown assists participants through steps to return to the workforce such as paid internships and job search skills assistance.

For more information visit or call 650 403-4300.
Hit Parade Trivia

This week's musical treat goes out from George Rodriguez. Thank you, George!

This hit has been recorded many times over the years by artists as diverse as Percy Faith, Petula Clarke and Whoopi Goldberg. It was a big hit for Little Peggy March when she took it to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 27, 1963. Can you guess the song from these clues and the photo of André Rieu's orchestrated version below? André's rendition is George's favorite!

What's on your playlist? Please send Ann your requests!
From the Desk of Jennifer Der ,
S enior Recreation Supervisor

I came across the quote below when preparing to teach class and it helped me to reflect on where I was and where I am today. Prior to this world pandemic, my life was moving in such a fast pace that I felt I was always playing catch up and had to prioritize and re-prioritize daily. This time of sheltering in place has impacted all of us in different ways. This quote to me represents the value of this experience. The ability to slow down and reflect on life, the simplicities we have gained through not having to rush and recognizing we don't need to do "everything." Give ourselves time to reset and reorder what we each truly need in our lives to be happy. Ask yourself what you need to be happy. 
As we begin to move into Phase 2 of the Shelter in Place Order, we also need to think about what our next steps are. Please join us on Thursday, May 28th at 10am, for our " ZOOMing to Wellness" event. This is a start to future Active Adult/Senior Services "boot camps" for wellness!
"Virtual Reality"

With San Mateo County cities cautiously entering Phase 2 of the reopening of public spaces and local businesses, we are hopeful that better days are ahead. Still, since we know we "otter" stay at home most of the time, we thought this week's virtual visit should be with the sea otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
Virtual Visit
Check out the live-streaming Sea Otter Cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium between 7 AM and 7 PM PT.
Virtual Classroom
Connect with AnewVista to learn how to master social media apps including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The next two-part class just for seniors starts on May 27!

Have a technology question? Call the National Senior Planet Hotline at 1 920-666-1959. Open from 9 AM to 5 PM EDT, Monday – Friday.
If you are feeling anxious and isolated or are concerned about access to nutritious food, following are some helpful resources. And, you can always call our Daly City Active Adult/Senior Services hotline at 1 650 991-8012.

1 888 670-1360 
The Friendship Line at the Institute on Aging is the nation’s only 24-hour toll-free hotline for older and disabled adults. Trained staff and volunteers make and receive calls to and from individuals who are either in crisis or just in need of a friend. 

1 877 797-7299 
The “Well Connected” Program (formerly “Senior Center Without Walls”) is an award-winning program that offers activities, education, support groups, and friendly conversation over the phone or online. Well Connected is a community made up of participants, staff, facilitators, presenters, and other volunteers who care about each other and who value being connected. All groups are accessible by phone from wherever you are at no cost to you.

San Mateo County Health is working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to novel coronavirus and its potential impacts on the Bay Area.

Questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Call the County call center at 2-1-1 between 7 AM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday. The call center is for non-medical questions about COVID-19. Translations for all languages are available on the phone. If you are sick, call your doctor directly.

1 650 780-7542
All those 60+ in San Mateo County can stay connected during this time of "sheltering in place." One of our experienced professional support team members will be able to connect you to a wide range of community resources including food services and a weekly wellbeing call with a Senior Peer Counselor.

Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM

1 415 282-1900
Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5 PM

1 650 994-5150
North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City began operation in northern San Mateo County in 1989 providing nutrition and sustenance to those in need within our community. Our food pantry program serves an average of 100 families each month with a three-day supply of shelf stable food. Our hot meal program, North Peninsula Dining Center, provides a hot meal to over 60 men, women, and children each Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. North Peninsula Dining Center is the only program of this kind in our community.

Home delivered meals may be available to frail, homebound seniors 60 years and older in San Mateo County. Daly City residents can contact the following agencies for more information. 

Great Plates Delivered SMC matches participating restaurants with qualified residents, including those who are 60 and older, and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19, to deliver three nutritious daily meals. Delivery is arranged by the food provider and requires that delivery workers are pre-vetted by background checks and other screening, likely tapping into existing delivery infrastructure. Eligible residents include those who are COVID-19 positive or have been exposed to COVID-19, and individuals with an underlying condition. In addition, they must live alone or with one other eligible adult, may not currently be receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs, and earn less than 600% of the federal poverty limit. Great Plates Delivered SMC is open for enrollment now. Residents are encouraged to call (800) 675-8437, and speak to multi-lingual county staff to apply for meal delivery services.
1 800 675-8437

Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels       
1 650 323-2022      

Daly City Partnership/Healthy Aging Response Team
Mom's Meals    
1 650 991-5558  

1 800 350-7025

IRS: Tax Day Now July 15, 2020
1 888 227-7669

Earn it! Keep It! Save It! DIY Online Tax Filing

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Daly City Active Adult/Senior Services
101 Lake Merced Boulevard, Room 16
Daly City, California 94015
650 991-8012