Agency Newsletter

Issue 27: October 2017
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
Senior Support of the Tri-Valley
October Update

The Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
 The Pleasanton Senior Center
Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization.
From the desk of Joey Tchang
Fall Prevention Coordinator
Highlights from the September 9th
Fall Prevention Fair
Joey and ssptv hosted seventy seniors for lunch and
 a day of informative presentations, on mobility assistive devices, Tai Chi exercise and medication safety to help our senior community stay healthy and steady on their feet.
Presentation by Shelby McGinnis from Stanford Health Care Valley Care on  assistive devices.
Nicole Albrecht, ssptv Fitness Instructor and Matter of  Balance Coach leading seniors in a Tai Chi class.
Joey would also like to thank all the sponsors who helped make the event a success by offering food and lunch donations, give- away’s for the goodie bags and raffle prizes.
Parkview Assisted Living
Sunrise Assisted Living
Hired Hands Home Care
Stanford Health Care/Valley Care
Gentiva Hospice
Pleasanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Spectrum Community Services
Habitat for East Bay
Home Safety Services
Meadowlark Dairy
Trader Joe’s
Pleasanton Senior Center
Senior Injury Prevention Partnership of Alameda County
Inklings Coffee and Tea 
English Rose Tea Room
Our business community supports our seniors!
Caregiver Support Group News
Caregiver Support Group Meeting meets
Monday, October 9
from 1:00-3:00 pm
October’s meeting will be facilitated by Gregory Burns
In the meeting room at the Pleasanton Senior Center
Contact Barbara Will at 925-931-5389 or for more information.
Here are a few tests to see how much you know about 
Care Giving and Brain Health.  Test your knowledge.
Do you know what senior resources are available in our community?
Each month we will highlight an organization that serves our senior community.
Established in 2008, CityServe is a home grown non-profit, grown out of the Tri-valley churches’ desire to serve others close to home.  As more local needs were met and other organizations, non-profits and local city officials saw the impact, partnerships grew.  We have evolved into one of the most comprehensive resources for volunteer opportunities and needs in the Tri-valley.

CityServe exists to serve people in the Tri-Valley by:
  • Caring for people in crisis
  • Coordinating resources and volunteers between the faith-based community, non-profits, schools, businesses, and government agencies
  • Connecting volunteers in the local church and community to the non-profits in our Tri-Valley
If you already make exercise a part of your daily routine,
here is how to measure and make it a bit more challenging.
Upcoming classes in Pleasanton
WHAT: FREE 12-week Tai Chi Program
October 2nd – December 20th
Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 P.M.
WHERE: Gardens at Ironwood
(925) 458-3728
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

New Affordable Senior Housing

coming to Livermore
Chestnut Square, a 72 unit senior apartment complex coming in late 2018. The developer, MidPen will begin construction in December 2017 and it’s expected to be ready for occupancy about a year later (late 2018). We anticipate that the application process will begin in early Fall 2018.
If anyone is interested in being notified when the application process begins, they may sign up on our ‘Affordable Housing Interest List’ via the City’s website
or by calling the Housing & Human Services phone at (925) 960-4580.
Send email inquires to:

Finding Wellness Classes

coming to town near you.
The Finding Wellness team at Senior Support is proud to announce a newseries of free classes called Finding Wellness Series 2!
Classes will meet once/week for four weeks with each class focusing on your health and well-being as it relates to your brain, heart, liver and gut.
In this fun and interactive class, you will learn tips and tricks on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle from a nutritional, physical and emotional perspective.

Heritage Park
TUESDAYS from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Remaining Classes:
Oct. 3, 10 17
2860 Country Rd / Fremont
WEDNESDAYS from 1:30 – 3:00
Remaining Classes:
Oct. 4, 11, 25
(No class Oct. 18th)
Nov. 1, 8
Wisteria Place
WEDNESDAYs from 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov. 1
San Leandro Senior Center
TUESDAYs from 1:30 – 2:30
October 24, 31
November 7, 14
Further questions should be directed to 
Amy Jones at (925)-931-5393 or
Transportation News
SSPTV is hiring
Transportation Assistant
Responsible to: Coordinator – Transportation Services
Position: Transportation Assistant
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley is hiring for one 20 hours per week Transportation Assistant.
The position requires availability between 9 A.M. and 4.30 P.M. on weekdays and is a flexible schedule depending on rides provided. Our client base consists of seniors aged 60 years and older who need transportation and support at medical appointments.

We are seeking a friendly, patient and compassionate assistant to help us provide a door-through-door service enabling our seniors to travel safely in and out of the county so they can access critical medical care.
This position is a worthwhile opportunity to work directly with our older adult population here in the Tri-Valley.
The ideal candidate will have a strong affinity for, and experience working with seniors and driving.
The role is rewarding and engaging, as we are helping our older adults support their own health, well-being
and independence.

Under the direction of the Director of Senior Support Programs:
* Provide transportation to seniors of the Tri-Valley.
* Collect and maintain program data including: release of liability, program requirements and
other necessary documentation.
* Prepare and submit necessary monthly reports on time.
* Coordinate with other agencies and institutions as needed.
* Perform periodic community outreach activities to recruit volunteer drivers.
* Perform other duties as assigned.

Professional Skills:
Preferred Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
* Undergraduate degree or combination of education and experience in related field.
* Experience working or volunteering with the older adult population desired.
* Self-motivated, energetic, helpful and positive attitude.
* Experience with driving and adherence to safe driving practices.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
* Proficient computer skills – Google and Microsoft Office.
* Ability to interact effectively with persons of all backgrounds.
* Experience working in an office setting.
* Previous experience in working with volunteers.
* Valid California driver’s license, automobile insurance, and access to an automobile.
* Ability to lift a transport chair in and out of a car, approx. 20lbs
* Must possess current legal US working status.
This position reports directly to the Transportation Coordinator.

Compensation and Benefits:
The target range for this position is $18 – $21 per hour, depending on qualifications, skills and experience. A mileage allowance is also included. Senior Support Program offers sick and vacation accrual, holiday pay, vision and dental benefits, and 403(b) offered.

To Apply:
Please email Melanie Henry – Transportation Coordinator at your resume and cover letter for this position.

This job posting will be available until filled.
Please call Melanie Henry at 925-931-5387.
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
Social Group for Widowed Seniors
New 2017-2018 Calendar
Please call:  Mary McNamara  (925) 931-5381
 or  Barbara Will (925) 931-5389
 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:
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 volunteers 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
Join us for the
Fresh Bites Cooking Class
Thursday, October 19
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
at the ssptv office
Reservations are required, limited seating
Further questions can be directed to Nancy Bennett at 931-5382.
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!
Contact  Amy Jones at 925-931-5393

Medication Safety Program
Our local Parkinson’s Support Group
offers a monthly support group
 on the second Saturday of each month.
 10:00- Noon
 Pleasanton Senior Center
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
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.
Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley 
would like to 
thank the following sponsors 
for their 
continued support over the years: