Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley
- Free Home Accessibility
and Safety Repairs/Modifications
Rebuilding Together Silicon
Valley is a non-profit organization that
performs free home accessibility and safety
repairs/modifications for older adults and
disabled homeowners in Santa Clara County.
Rebuilding Together brings communities and
volunteers together to rehabilitate the homes of
low income homeowners so that they may live in
warmth, safety and independence.
We also serve other non-profit organizations so
that they can dedicate their resources to the
community rather than to facility repair. If
you are a senior homeowner living on a fixed
income, please contact us at (408)
578-9519 and ask for an application or
visit our website at www.rebuildingtogether-sv.org. Those
also interested in volunteer opportunities are
Peninsula Stroke Association - Upcoming
FREE Stroke Caregivers Workshop:
PSA invites those family members caring
for and supporting stroke survivors to attend
one of these monthly workshops. Find practical
strategies and inspirational support before care
giving takes its toll. Every 2nd Thursday of
the month from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Palo Alto
Medical Foundation - Clark Building, 795 El
Camino Real in Palo Alto. Participation
is FREE. Space is limited, to reserve your
space, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
2010 Ability Resource Fair:
PSA Annual Ability Resource Fair will be held in
Thursday, November. Skills
Plus (Santa Clara Adult Education) 1840 Benton
Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050. This year's fair
is planned in close collaboration with Skills
Plus program and with a grant from The Health
Post Stroke Programs: You can
meet new people and find practical information
and inspirational support at these programs. For
directions and additional information about any
of these groups, call PSA at 650-565-8485. You
can find a support group near you in these
cities for the remainder of September and the
month of October: Los Gatos, Mountain View, Palo
Alto, San Jose, San Mateo and City of Santa
Vist the PSA Website for more programs
long-term care for the elderly
By LARRY MITCHELL-Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Carol Liu is
carrying a bill that aims to enable more
Californians to keep living at home rather than
in nursing homes.
She hopes to save the state money and allow
elderly people to enjoy a better quality of
life, said Robert Oakes, her press secretary, in
a phone interview Wednesday.
Many services are available to help people
needing long-term care, but they are not very
well coordinated, according to a fact sheet on
Liu's legislation, Senate Bill 998.
Her bill would set up a uniform method for
assessing the needs of people needing long-term
care, assign case managers to help see that
proper care is arranged, and give case managers
the power to order renovations to homes to make
them suitable for elderly people with
Often, necessary fixes are simple, Oakes said.
For example, an elderly person breaks his or her
hip and goes into a nursing home. After
recuperating, that person could return home to
live if rails were put up around the house to
help him or her get around.
The aim of Liu's bill is to serve seniors well
and also to reduce what the state spends through
Medi-Cal to pay for long-term care, Oakes said.
According to the text of the
bill, older adults in California now number 4.4
million and make up 15 percent of the state's
population. By 2030, they are expected to number
8.3 million and make up nearly 18 percent of the
The bill is to have its first hearing on April
14 before the Senate Health Committee. Liu is a
Democrat from Flintridge/La Canada.
Adult Safety ID Cards
Peace of mind at a very low price! Please click
here for more information
Computerworld - Can using the
Internet make you smarter?
UCLA research finds that online searching can
increase brain activity in older adults
ClarityLife C900 Amplified Mobile Phone
More than just a mobile phone, this is a mobile peace of
mind. The ClarityLife C900™ gives you the freedom to
stay connected with the ones you love and know that help
is available wherever you go. The C900 is twice as
loud as an ordinary cell phone and offers large
buttons for easy dialing.
The C900 features a
simple slider design, with a full keypad of large
half-inch sized buttons that slides out when you need to
dial a number. When fully closed, the C900 measures only
4 and a half inches in length. With a thickness of only
one inch, the C900 will fit comfortably in your pocket
or purse. The C900 weighs 5.4 ounces, which is about the
same as a bar of household soap.
Valley Region Over the last 10 year
The Health Trust has provided
over $100 million of community benefit through
program services and grant making activity. Our
programs include Meals on Wheels, AIDS Services,
Children's Dental Services, Community Health
Promotions, Family Health Insurance, Community
Partnerships and Administrative Support
Services. The Health Trust is a 501c3 community
benefit organization. www.healthtrust.org. For
Meals on Wheels: 408-961-9807
The California Telephone
Access Program (CTAP) distributes
telecommunications equipment and services to
individuals certified as having difficulty using
the telephone. CTAP is a California State
mandated program, under governance of the
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Equipment and some network services are
available at no charge to eligible consumers.
Californians who are deaf,
hard of hearing, speech disabled, blind, or who
have low vision, cognitive impairments, or
restricted mobility, are eligible to receive
equipment with certification by a medical
doctor, a licensed audiologist, a qualified
state agency, or a hearing aid dispenser. TTY:
for You and Your Loved Ones
It is our goal to ease the burden caregivers face
by empowering them with a clearer understanding of
Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and
ultimately to improve as much as possible the
quality of life for both caregivers and their loved
Center Without Walls
Do you work
with homebound older adults who might benefit from fun,
stimulating activities, social connection, and friendly
Senior Center Without Walls is a non-profit program
offering Free group activities and classes on the
telephone to older adults throughout Northern California who
find it difficult to go to a community senior center. To
learn more about this program, please visit:
or call: 1-877-797-7299.
Blood Tests for Alzheimer's
Determining whether mild memory problems
mark the beginning of an inevitable mental decline is
one of the most difficult aspects of Alzheimer's
disease. researchers at the Stanford University School
of Medicine have developed a blood test that is a step
toward giving people an answer two to six years in
advance of the onset of the disease.
"Stanford/VA Aging Clinical
Research Center-Spring 2008"
"Hydrating The Elderly"
recent Life Leger article in
"Nagging your elder to drink more water is not going to
solve the problem."
illustrate that few seem to have real solutions I have
included this quote from a study of hydration in the
elderly. "While the study's findings are important to
basic science, they don't have any immediate practical
consequences". But, there are real consequences, such as
14,000 deaths, mostly elderly, during a heat wave in
France in 2003.
There is evidence to suggest that more
than 30 percent of older people coming into emergency
rooms have a dehydration-related illness as part of
their diagnoses. If "Water Pills" are part of the
medication regimen you must maintain extra vigilance."
For more on
hydration issues see:
Just dial 211
As of June 2007 2-1-1 is serving
approximately 198 million Americans, approximately 65%
of the U.S. population. By the end of 2008 80% of the
population is expected to have 2-1-1 access.
Yes, it is that simple, 911 for
emergency, 211 for community services like these listed
below. If you are not sure what services you need the
counselor who answers your call will be happy to guide
you after you explain the situation.
Basic Human Needs Resource:
food banks, clothing closets, shelters, rent
assistance, utility assistance.
Physical and Mental Health Resources:
health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare,
maternal health, Children's Health Insurance
Program, medical information lines, crisis
intervention services, support groups, counseling,
drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation.
financial assistance, job training, transportation
assistance, education programs.
Support for Older Americans and
Persons with Disabilities:
adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels,
respite care, home health care, transportation,
Volunteer Opportunities and Donations
The High Cost of Prescription Drugs -
CBS 60 Minutes Report on the Influence of the
Lobby on Our Elected Officials - 2007
"If you have ever wondered why the cost of
prescription drugs in the United States are the
highest in the world or why it's illegal to import
cheaper drugs from Canada or Mexico, you need look
no further than the pharmaceutical lobby and its
influence in Washington, D.C."
60 Minutes presents a comprehensive report called "Under
the Influence" on this important issue. For
those of you who may have missed this episode
earlier this year, you can review the entire report
at the link below:
LifeLedger Caregiving Tips)
As soon as someone loses mobility and
remains in one position for long periods of
time they will be at high risk for bedsores.
Bed sores are areas of damaged skin and the
under laying tissue that are caused by
staying in one position for too long. They
commonly form where your bones are close to
your skin, such as your ankles, buttocks,
back, elbows, heels and hips. Pressure sores
can cause serious infections, some of which
are life-threatening. It is not just a
problem in nursing homes, you need to be
constantly watchful and contact medical
personal anytime you are even suspicious a
bed sore may be forming.
For more on this topic, visit
Airplanes and Electric Carts
If you have an elderly loved one who
is flying and wants to bring his/her own wheelchair
or electric cart, here is some useful information
offered by a family member:
"Depending on the plane, some allow
electric cart and wheel chairs to go
in the baggage department. In that case you have to
bring electric tape to tape all wires and disconnect
the battery. Also, strong tape is needed to secure
movable parts. A van with a lift is of course needed
at the airport."
has posted an informative article explaining the
various types and uses of trusts.
"There are many kinds of trusts. However, these
instruments are generally reserved for estates with
a value of over $50,000. It is important to discuss
trust arrangements with a professional adviser to
understand the income and tax consequences of the
various types of trusts and trust provisions.
Click here to access the full article.
Become a CARFiT TECHNICIAN
WHAT: Trained professionals will teach you
how to lead an older
driver through a 15 minute,
12-point checklist while the driver is sitting in
his/her vehicle. You will learn to recommend
adjustments to make a senior's vehicle "fit" better
and enhance the senior's safety.
AAA's goal is to keep seniors driving safely for as
possible. People over 65 are the
fastest-growing population in the United States. By
2030, there will be more than 30 million older
drivers on our roads. By becoming a CarFit Event
Technician and/or Coordinator, you will be able to
conduct your own CarFit events or assist at other
events to help mature drivers learn how to make
their car "fit" them.
WHO: Health care professionals, occupational
safety professionals and
anyone who provides services to seniors.
CONTACT: Shawn Fong, Program Manager, City of
Fremont Human Services (510) 574-2033 or
email@example.com to register for the training.
CarFit is an educational program developed by the
American Society on Aging in collaboration with AAA,
AARP and the American Occupational Therapy
For more information on
CarFit, visit: www.asaging.org/carfit
Jewish Home and
Hospital Life Care
The Jewish Home and
Hospital Life Care System website contains many
helpful articles and tips for seniors, family
members ad caregivers, such as: Dementia/Alz.'s
Disease, nutrition, foot care, etc.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy
Program/Area Agency on Aging
Life Ledger Caregiving
Newsletter for Drug Savings
Family Caregiver Alliance
serves as an information
clearinghouse for caregivers and
sponsors education and training
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100
Francisco, CA 94104
RESPITE & CAREGIVER SUPPORT SERVICES
ADULT DAY CARE
Clients of the day
care center are homebound older
adults whose caregiver needs a
break. You would be assisting the
day center staff in a variety of
activities and educational programs.
These activities would include arts
and crafts, painting, gardening,
sing-a-longs, story telling,
exercise, and providing
companionship. If you have a talent
to share, bring it along.
RESPITE CARE PROVIDER
Provide 2-4 hours of
in-home companion care (no medical
or personal care), once a week, to a
homebound, older adult who cannot be
left alone, so that the caregiver
can take a much needed break away
from the home.
ESCORTED TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER
Drive homebound older
adult to medical appointments or to
the grocery store, remaining with
them during their appointment or
grocery shopping, and then driving
them back to their home. Also,
grocery shop by list for a homebound
older adult (not able or choosing
not to go out).
For more information on volunteer
opportunities with the Day Break
Program or to sign up to volunteer,
please contact Fran Kiernan,
Volunteer Coordinator at: (408)
What is the Senior Companion Program?
This program is offered by Office on
Aging and receives funds from the Corporation for
National Service, Council on Aging of Santa Clara County
and City of San Jose, Department of Parks, Recreation,
and Neighborhood Services.
Independent seniors visiting frail
seniors in their homes on a regular basis. Senior
Companions provide respite to family members or
care givers who find it difficult to provide the level
of support needed to prevent institutionalization.
Senior Companions also assist in the discharge of frail
seniors from acute hospital or rehabilitation facilities
to resume a greater degree of independent living.
For more information about Senior Companion Program and
how to become a Senior Companion, please contact (408)
About Transitions Program!
Transitions is a community service program designed to
enhance the quality of life for adults, children and
their families facing life-limiting illness. Services
include emotional support, education and practical
assistance. Individualized plan is formulated for client
and their families based on specific needs. There are no
fees for services provided to Transitions clients. The
program utilizes trained and dedicated volunteers to
provide assistance with:
coordinating community support services and
Errands, chores, food
Breaks for the
family, care giver
services such as art therapy, massage, nail and hair
Dealing with feelings
of confusion regarding complex decisions and
emotional issues related to the life-limiting
Provide guidance in
discussing your condition with your doctor and other
health care directives and how they apply to you
communications with you family regarding your
More information on
Hospice of the Valley
Why Should I be Concerned about Long
We all know someone who is growing older
and may not be able to care for themselves as well as
they once could. An elder may need help to drive, cook,
shower, go shopping, or follow medication directions.
They may be showing marked signs of increased
forgetfulness. They need Long Term Care.
are the options?
Medical and non-medical support care can
be brought into the home or the elder may need to move
into an assisted living, skilled nursing or memory care
is Long Term Care Paid For?
The cost of long term
care is paid for by the elder, either with LTC insurance
or from their savings, or from the proceeds from the
sale of their home. In some cases, Medi-Cal pays for
skilled nursing, ONLY.
What is Long Term Care Insurance?
The new long term care policies today
provide a daily benefit ( $100.00 a day or more ) for at
home care support and for assisted living or skilled
nursing care. This policy shares in the high cost of
long term care’s rising costs. There are plans that have
a return of premium, so if you do not use the benefit
the money put in will be returned.
Should Have Long Term Care Insurance?
Anyone who is healthy
and between ages 54 & 75 and would like to maintain
their independence and have choices about their care.