April 2017

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley 
Finding Wellness Newsletter
“Educate Yourself to Advocate for Yourself”
5353 Sunol Boulevard, Pleasanton, CA 94566                  Main: 925-931-5379      Fax: 925-931-3499
Your April News & Updates
From The Finding Wellness Team:

Nancy, Amy, Cheryl and Janet
Your health and well-being are our number one priority so let’s make 2017
our healthiest year ever!

To attend a Finding Wellness class series, check out the current schedule below, give us a call at 925-931-5379 or visit our calendar online at
In health and happiness,
The Finding Wellness Team
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
Finding Wellness Classes Starting in

Join us for free, fun, interactive, and educational classes that meet weekly.  You do not have to attend every class.
Vineyard Village
3700 Pacific Ave, Livermore
Every TUESDAY from 10:30 am – 12 pm
7 week series
April 18th and 25th, May 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd and 30th
Cottonwood Place (taught in Mandarin)
5 week series
3701 Peralta Blvd, Fremont
Every FRIDAY from 10:00 am – 11:15 am
April 28th, May 5th, May 19th, June 2nd and 9th
NO CLASS MAY 12th or MAY 26th
NOTE: Even if the classes have already started, you may still attend!
AND…you don’t need to be a member or resident at any of the sites!
Livermore Valley Tennis Club 
2000 Arroyo Rd.  Livermore
EVERY Thursday
March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, April 6th and 13th
Time:  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


Vandenburgh Villa

3333 Gardella Plaza  Livermore

EVERY Friday
March 17th, 24th, 31st,April 7th, 14th, 21st
From 10:00 am – 11:15 am
(no class #7 for this series)
The Gardens at Ironwood
3431 Cornerstone Ct., Pleasanton
EVERY Monday
March 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th
From 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
And here are some health facts to ponder:
  • Laughter has the same effect on blood vessels as exercise so keep watching those cat videos (but keep exercising too!)
  • If you own a dog, you are more likely to be physically active and less vulnerable to the effects of stress.
  • One of the top risks for falls at home is throw rugs.  As a result, 38,000 older adults end up in the ER each year.
  • Genetics account for just 25% of a person’s longevity.
  • Go nuts!  Eating a handful of nuts at least 5 times/week lowers your risk of heart disease by 29%, respiratory disease by 24% and cancer by 11%.
To read the full article from AARP entitled “50 Great Ways to Live Longer”, click here.
Food For Thought from Nancy!
Eggs Get a Reprieve
Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the last forty years because of their high cholesterol content. It was thought that cholesterol from the diet was the cause of high blood cholesterol levels and heart disease. Recently however, scientists changed their opinion about eggs as they have shown only a small fraction of the egg’s cholesterol ends up in the blood. Researchers now believe saturated fats found in dairy product and meats are responsible for cranking up our liver’s own cholesterol production.  Bottom line:  you can have your eggs and enjoy them too!
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs:  Cooking eggs too long or too vigorously can result in cracked shells, tough whites, and green-gray, sulfuric-smelling yolks. Our trick to avoiding disaster? Steaming the eggs in a small amount of water, rather than actually boiling them. This gentle method is guaranteed to turn out firm whites and creamy yolks every time.
* Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water.
* Place steamer basket inside.
* Cover pot and bring to a boil.
* Add eggs to basket and cover.
* Cook for 12 minutes. (Note: For soft-boiled eggs, stop cooking after 6½ minutes.)
* Drain the pan and cool the eggs in an ice bath or under cold running water.
Nancy is Senior Support’s Registered Dietitian, and our Healthy Lifestyles Program Manager.

The wine glass on the left is a standard serving size of wine (5 ounces).  The glass on the right is another story…It holds an entire bottle of wine!

Use the following visual cues next time you pour that glass of vino:

Five ounces is just shy of 2/3 of a cup which is similar in size to:

-a lightbulb

-a tennis ball or

-a filled muffin cup liner

Another trick for drinking less red wine, is to pour it into a white wine glass, which is narrower. A study showed people poured 12% more into red wine glasses.  You’ll also pour less into your glass if it’s sitting on the table instead of in your hand!

The Wisdom of Aging
A 6-week personal growth group
Fridays 9:00am – 10:30am
beginning April 21st
Pleasanton Senior Center
5353 Sunol Blvd.
Facilitated by Senior Support’s licensed counselor, Gregory Burns, MA, LMFT.
To register call 925-931-5395
Excerpt from the book entitled “The Force of Character and the Lasting Life” by James Hillman:
Aging and Character
“What ages is not merely your functions and organs, but the whole of your nature, that particular person you have come to be and already were years ago.  Character has been forming your face, your habits, your peculiarities, the level of your ambition with its career and its faults.  Character influences the way you give and receive; it affects your loves and your children.  It walks you home at night and keeps you long awake.”
“As character directs aging, aging reveals character.”
Senior Support of the Tri-Valley is Looking for an Exercise Instructor!
 For more information, contact Nicole Albrecht: or 925-931-5379
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!
To donate, click here.