Agency Newsletter

Issue 25: August 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


 
See what’s new at SSPTV for August
and 
have some fun on the last days of summer.
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley presents 10th annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. If you are an older adult wanting to stay active, independent, and safe in your home, but worry about the risk of falling, join us as we learn that falling is not a normal part of aging. Every older adult has the power to prevent a fall.
Interactive presentations from Stanford Valley Care experts, exercise demos, nutrition demos, medication safety and a chance to win great prizes on our raffle wheel.  Light lunch will be provided. Please join us from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Support Office, 5353 Sunol Blvd, Pleasanton. 
 
Contact: Joey Tchang at 925-931-5383 or jtchang@ssptv.org
 
Major Sponsors: The Parkview Assisted Living/Gentiva Hospice.
 
 
The Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
 and 
 The Pleasanton Senior Center
presents
 
 
 
Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization.
We are looking for a volunteer to help our staff with this life changing program encouraging isolated seniors to get out and socialize with their communities again.
The SOAR program meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month for lunch, social support, projects and activities, here at the SSPTV office.  We welcome that special volunteer to help assist staff a few hours each month, you can help with one day or both.
If you have time to share, call Lorie Rohloff
 (925) 931-5388
Tai Chi class in Dublin
When:  Every Monday and Wednesday
July 10- September 27
Where: Carlow Court Apartments
6880 Mariposa Circle
Dublin, CA. 94568
Time:  1:00 – 2:00 pm
Fee:     FREE
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
3431 Cornerstone Court
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 458-3728
Fee: FREE
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
 

Finding Wellness Classes

coming to town near you.

The Finding Wellness team at Senior Support is proud to announce a new series 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.
FINDING WELLNESS SERIES 2
Livermore Valley Tennis Club
2000 Arroyo Rd.   Livermore
Every WEDNESDAY from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
August 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
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FINDING WELLNESS SERIES 1:
NEW CLASS
TAUGHT IN MANDARIN:
Josephine Lum Lodge
2747 Oliver Dr.  Hayward
Every THURSDAY from 10:30 am – 11:45 am
August 24th, 31st, Sept. 7, 14th and 28th
(NO CLASS Sept. 21st)
CLASSES ALREADY IN PROGRESS (Series 1):
TAUGHT IN ENGLISH:
Eden Lodge
400 Springlake Drive, San Leandro
TUESDAYS from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Last class August 8th
TAUGHT IN BOTH ENGLISH AND MANDARIN:
Carlow Ct.
6880 Mariposa Circle, Dublin
Every THURSDAY from 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Last class:  August 3rd
To find out when the next class near you starts up
call
 Amy Jones, program coordinator, at 925-931-5393.
Space is limited.
Caregiver Support Group News
Caregiver Support Group Meeting meets
Monday, August 14
from 1:00-3:00 pm
 
5353 Sunol Boulevard, Pleasanton
In the meeting room at the Pleasanton Senior Center
RSVP Barbara Will at 925-931-5389 or bwill@ssptv.org
 
 
For our unsung heroes; here is 

a quick article for the more than 15 million people who provide unpaid care for family members or friends with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
 
Transportation News
SSPTV is hiring
 a 
Transportation Assistant
 
Responsible to: Coordinator – Transportation Services
Qualifications:
  • Responsible to: Coordinator – Transportation Services
  • Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and experience in social welfare, gerontology, human development, or related discipline.
  • Excellent background and knowledge of issues related to Geriatrics.
  • Past experience working or volunteering with the older adult population desired.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with persons of all backgrounds.
  • Previous experience in developing and implementing programs which utilize volunteers.
  • Working knowledge of Livermore Amador Valley Resources.
  • Valid California driver’s license, automobile insurance, and access to an automobile.
  • Ability to lift a wheelchair in and out of a car, approx. 20lbs
  • Must possess current legal US working status.
  • Responsibilities:
  • Under the direction of the Director of Senior Support Programs:
  • Provide full range of medical appointment 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.
Depending on availability, this will be a part-time position (about 20 hours per week). Salary TBD.  Sick leave and vacation accrual, holiday pay, vision and dental benefits, and 403(b) offered.
To Apply:
Please email Robert Taylor at rtaylor@ssptv.org your resume and cover letter for this position or call 510 410-1741. This job posting will be available until filled.

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Senior Transportation needs Volunteer Drivers
” Perfect ride, perfect company, perfect everything.”
“Thank you for all you kindness”
“You are a very special person.”
These are just a few of the comments our volunteer drivers hear while driving seniors to essential medical appointments, they would otherwise be unable to keep.
If you have 4 hours a month to spare consider yourself a people person, like helping people stay safe and healthy, have a good ear listening to stories; this could be just the job you’ve been looking for.
To be a volunteer for the program we have a few requirements that are pretty easy to fulfill: a reliable car, a clean driving record, proof of insurance and finally consenting to a background check and attending a training session. Once those are all done you are on your way, rolling down the highway with a new friend.
For further information you can contact: 
Melanie Henry at (925)-931-5379 or ssptvrides@gmail.com
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
Social Group for Widowed Seniors
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2016-2017 Calendar
 
Is on break for July and August
Check back in September for the new 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:
  • 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 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 lrohloff@ssptv.org
Join us for the
Fresh Bites Cooking Class
Thursday, August 17
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

SSPTV
Medication Safety Program
Individualized Medication Safety Program
This program provides education about the importance of medication compliance to ensure and enhance the quality of life and safety of older adults.
The Medication Safety Program is offered to older adults in the Tri-Valley and provides the following benefits,
  • A free, confidential, individualized medication review;
  • Education about the importance of medication compliance;
  • A comprehensive review and medication interaction report;
  • Assistive devices, including a pill box and personal medication record;
  • Safe disposal guidelines and encouragement for drug disposal that helps to reduce harm from accidental exposure or unintentional misuse.
Please keep this program in mind for yourself or other older adults who would benefit.

For further information call Marjory Tilley at 925-931-5383or mtilley@ssptv.org
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.
on
Thursdays 8:30am-9:30 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 mary.behrendt@comcast.net
A big thank you to our local business and community organizations that support our seniors.
     East Bay Community Foundation
St. Raymond’s Women’s Guild
Senior Assistance Foundation
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
Edmund Salazar Mark Sampson Susan Springer
Nancy T. Lewis Sheila J McAlinden Diane H Reed
Theresa O. Arlow Joseph Cassetti Maybelle Lee
Carol Thorngate Joan Boar Carol Rose
Xian Zheng Wang Molly A. Devoto Patricia K. Lenz
J. J. Tipton
Elizabeth Ryan
John Rogers, Jr.
Dale Jones
Marilyn Lane
Favorita Seamans
Marcel Eguy
Lydia Ceasar
Thomas and Donna
Montano
Karen and Gerald
Hookey
Beverly & Alfred
Ulbrich