Hello Friends and Supporters of Choice in Aging!
Join us for our biggest event of the year as we tie our bibs and crack some fresh crab at our 43rd Annual Crab Feed. This fundraising event helps to support our Alzheimer’s and Adult Day Health Care programs at our Mt. Diablo Center in Pleasant Hill.
WHEN: Saturday, February 10th 5:30 PM Doors Open/Cocktails & Live Music 7:00 PM Dinner
WHERE: Pleasant Hill Senior Center 233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
Besides the freshly caught and cracked crab and delicious sides, you can expect to enjoy our:
• Live Auction – Packed with luxurious vacations, dinner at the fire house, and more items that will make you want to lift your paddle!
• Silent Auction – Tons of awesome items to bid on! The chances of winning look good for you!
• Cake Auction – The chocolate behemoth Motherlode Cake will surely be making an appearance, along with other delicious cakes and cupcakes.
• Raffle – This year, our entire raffle will be “teacup” style and is a great way to play the odds in your favor.
• Professionally Staffed Bar – Beer on tap, glasses of wine, and mixed drinks all to wet your whistle.
TIP: Pre-purchase your raffle and drink tickets when you purchase your event ticket to make check-in at the event faster!
Feel free to buy tickets, a table, distribute this information, donate, or volunteer – it’s up to you how you want to support Choice in Aging’s mission to promote dignity and independence of people with disabilities and special needs.
We’d love to see you there. Won’t you join us?!
For sponsorship information, please contact Peggy Dillon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925)682-6330 x141
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS) is proud to announce that it will receive the donation of a 2018 Subaru Outback as part of a partnership between Meals on Wheels America and Subaru of America, Inc. in celebration of the ’50 CARS FOR 50 YEARS’ campaign.
“We are both thrilled & honored to announce that MOWSOS is one of 50 national recipients of a 2018 Subaru Outback for this campaign,” says Elaine Clark, Chief Executive Officer for MOWSOS. “We are so thankful to Meals on Wheels America and Subaru for recognizing the work we are doing to combat isolation, and for giving us a vehicle to use for wellness visits to check on frail, home-bound seniors.”
On Thursday, January 18, MOWSOS will receive the car during a celebration event held at Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek, 2646 N. Main St. in Walnut Creek. The event will take place from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. Complimentary on-site valet parking and refreshments will be provided.
“Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek is proud to be selected by Subaru of America to deliver a 2018 Subaru Outback to Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services. This is a great opportunity for us to be part of an event that will benefit a superb organization like MOWSOS, enabling them to provide even more comprehensive services, which benefits our entire community,” says Tom Baxley, General Manager for Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek.
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services is a full-service nonprofit organization dedicated since 1968 to helping seniors live independently and with dignity. Based in Walnut Creek, the agency serves older adults all across Contra Costa County. More information can be found at www.mowsos.org.
Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek has been serving the Walnut Creek community for over forty years, and is one of Northern California’s largest volume Subaru retailers. Six months ago, construction was completed on a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, enabling them to better serve their sales and service customers. More information can be found at www.diablosubaru.com.
Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do. For additional information visit media.subaru.com.
Working to make every day “magical,” a pioneer in senior assisted living
By Allen Payton
Opening their 19th location with their acquisition of the former Cypress Meadows Assisted Living facility in Antioch, Agemark Senior Living Communities of Orinda has renamed it TreVista Antioch and is bringing a new approach of a Club Med-like experience for seniors to East County.
The 10-acre campus is “not a skilled nursing facility,” but offers “both assisted living and memory care to enhance the lives of our residents,” said Senior Care Consultant Amanda Stewart.
She mentioned “many changes are happening, including a new water feature, a new theater,” making the place “more resident friendly and focused.”
They’re part of “a multimillion dollar renovation project that will truly establish TreVista Antioch as the Bay Area’s premier senior living community,” according to their website,
When asked why they chose Antioch, Agemark co-founder and CEO Richard Westin said, “There are a lot of people who need our services in town.”
The Orinda-based company is a pioneer in senior assisted living having introduced the type of facilities to the market.
“We’ve been doing this for 35 years,” Westin explained. “When we first began nobody knew what assisted living was. In the 1980’s it was educating the public.”
The only options were retirement homes of up to six beds or convalescent homes.
“The concept of vibrant, assisted living for people whose average age is 87 didn’t exist other than a convalescent home which was really no place that anyone wanted to go to,” he stated. “It gave senior housing a steep road to climb, because of the significantly, negative reputation that convalescent hospitals had. They (seniors) were just being stored, because people couldn’t take care of them at home.
“The world has changed,” Westin said. “We recognize every one of our residents has a story to tell and wisdom to provide the next generation. There are wonderful opportunities that assisted living provides that didn’t previously exist, that allows people to thrive.”
Agemark does things differently than other facilities. According to their website, their mission and the “Promise” includes the following: “It is our mission, privilege and responsibility to provide the kind of care we want for our own loved ones, fostering a healthy body, agile mind and joyful spirit. We promise to ‘Nurture and grow our communities and the people who work and live in them,’ ‘Actively listen, constantly innovate, and serve with pride and joy,’ and ‘Empower and encourage staff to respond to residents and their families with compassion and respect.’”
“My background is Club Med,” Westin (who said he is unrelated to the hotel chain of the same name) shared. “I used to teach sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter in Europe. I was the first American to ever work for Club Med. It started in 1954 and I started working for them in 1961 at age 20.”
“I didn’t realize at the time I wasn’t teaching people to sail and ski,” he continued. “I myself was learning the hospitality business and 55 years later I’m able to provide a Club Med-like experience for 87-year-olds.”
“First it was for 20-year-olds now it’s for 80-year-olds,” Westin said with a laugh. “Fun is fun. Dancing and going to the zoo, high school and semi-professional sporting events, depending on the location.”
“Engaging with kindergartners and older folks in meaningful activities is really a valuable thing,” he added.
Westin then shared his philosophy of how the facilities operate, with the goal of making every day magical for their residents
“Whenever you say ‘good-night’ to one of our residents it may in fact be ‘good-bye’. So, it is our responsibility to make sure that their previous day was magical,” he stated. “And if we can do that every day we will have made a difference in the lives of the people we take care of and will have accomplished our goal.”
“I’m passionate about what I do,” Westin continued. “At 76 I get up every day and I’m delighted to go to work because I care about the wellbeing of our residents and their families because I know they’re going through a difficult time. We don’t just get a resident we get a family. They never need to call because we’re always ready to show them a clean, happy environment.”
Westin shared about an experience one of their facilities offered to a resident who had never been to a game of her favorite major league baseball team. She got to throw out the first pitch, meet the players after the game and was greeted with a
“We try to do that all the time,” he shared
They’re going through the approval process for six additional locations all in California.
It’s a family run business.
“My son (Forrest) is my business partner and it’s great,” he added.
His partner Jesse Pittore is retired but his son Michael Pittore, a graduate of De La Salle High – who was part of the football team that kept their winning streak going to 101 games – is also part of the ownership team.
“So, we have the two younger generation and me,” Westin shared. “And if I’m healthy I plan to work another 20 years.”
TreVista is located at 3950 Lone Tree Way across the street from Sutter Delta Medical Center. For more information call (925) 329-6296 or visit www.trevista-antioch.com.
By June Brown
Antioch’s elderly population is merely 9% and of this figure, 20% are living alone according to SeniorCare.com. Living alone has many implications including loneliness, isolation and even memory problems. While aging is a normal process, there are things that can be done about memory failure. The good news is there are ways to boost memory and for seniors who are living solo, it helps if memory is intact improving quality of life and their safety.
Who says no one can change bad habits even if already old? For the elderly, now is a great time to think about those lifestyle changes. There are several ways to enhance and improve memory and one of them is to follow healthy diets and exercise.
Eating well-balanced meals, including lots of greens and fruits as well as important omega-3 fatty acids can keep brains alive and healthy. A diet rich in proteins, lean in carbohydrates and low in bad fats helps brain cells which in turn promotes good memory.
Antioch has an abundance of fresh food markets such as Kaiser Permanente Antioch Farmers’Market, Brentwood and Pittsburg Markets. Eventbrite is a good source of food and drink events in Antioch where seniors can go such as the upcoming Fall Harvest Festival 2017 and the Acorn Workshop.
Studies also validate that exercise and getting into physical movement can reduce sedentary living which can lead to diseases such as heart attacks, high blood pressure or certain types of cancers. If every senior works out at least 150 minutes a week, it would boost memory and thinking skills (Harvard Health Blog, 2014).
Antioch offers many gyms where the elderly can exercise. There are parks for quiet walks and relaxation. Contra Costa Canal Trail and Contra Loma Regional Park & Swimming Lagoon are great places to go for a walk, hike or a swim. There are golf, bowling and skating facilities for sports lovers and active seniors.
Brain Games and Exercises
The brain like any other part of the body needs to work out. Stimulation is part of keeping brain cells healthy and strong. There are many ways older adults can boost brain power and improve memory with simple daily tasks such as reading and doing crossword puzzles. Playing chess, trying computer games, and learning new things (language, sewing or musical instruments) also help. By being mentally active, the brain remains sharp slowing down its degradation over time or as one ages.
Another factor that contributes to memory retention is socialization. Isolation is not a positive thing as it brings depression, anxiety and stress, factors that contribute to memory loss. Meeting new people whether by going to functions, eating together or volunteering at charities prevents negative psychological effects improving mood, memory and cognitive function. There is a correlation between socialization and dementia incidence. The longer the brain stays inactive, the more likely it will stagnate. Social engagement is important to keep it functioning well. It also forces people to respond and the brain to react.
The Antioch Community Center and Southeast Community Center organize activities for older adults to do things together. They also hold social events on a regular basis. Older adults can also try some of the restaurants that won in the 2017Antioch People’s Awards after a night of bingo. Consider China City for Chinese or go to Celia’s for Mexican. The object is get out more often, meet people and do things together whether it is a haircut at Reign Salon or a massage at Relaxing Station.
Lifestyle changes, brain exercises and socialization are activities that older adults can easily do to improve memory. Enhanced memory also improves the quality of life, something every senior cherishes as the journey continues.
County Sheriff seeks suspect
On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at about 7:35 PM, Deputy Sheriffs responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 200 block of Tono Lane in unincorporated Pleasant Hill.
The victim, a 67-year-old man, said a suspect forced his way into his apartment, robbed him, and stole his vehicle, a Toyota Camry.
The Office of the Sheriff, assisted by other law enforcement agencies, searched extensively for the suspect and the vehicle. They were not located. Yesterday, the vehicle was recovered in San Francisco.
The suspect is described as an African-American male, in his 20’s, 6-foot tall, wearing a black colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and new white colored shoes. He also had a green backpack.
Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600 or call the anonymous tip line at (866) 846-3592. Tips can also be emailed to: email@example.com.
The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s Ambassador, it is my honor to represent them to our elected officials – Congressman Jerry McNerney and Assemblyman Jim Frazier.
In California, over 630,000 people live with Alzheimer’s dementia, over 19,000 in Contra Costa County. Since 2000, deaths from Alzheimer’s dementia have increased 186%, making it the fifth leading cause of death in the state. And, we’re spending $3.464B in Medicaid caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Today, Alzheimer’s dementia is the only disease that we can’t prevent, cure or even slow its progression.
Gladys Jarvie, my mother-in-law, suffered for years with Alzheimer’s dementia. This funny, sharp, loving woman was oh-so-slowly consumed by Alzheimer’s dementia and eventually lost her life.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s most recent study predicts that by 2025, 840,000 Californians 65 and older will have Alzheimer’s dementia – that’s a 33% increase. Plus, the report predicts that Medicaid costs will increase even faster at 47%.
We need to support research to find a cure. That’s why I am urging Congressman Jerry McNerney to support a $414 million increase for federal Alzheimer’s research funding for FY2018.
It is only through adequate funding and a strong implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease that we will meet our goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.
To learn more about this disease and how you can help combat it, please visit alz.org.
The Lafayette Police Department continues to investigate a fatal collision that occurred on Monday at Moraga Boulevard and Moraga Road.
At about 1:31 PM, Lafayette Police Officers were called to an “auto vs. pedestrian” call. A Ford F150 pick-up truck travelling westbound on Moraga Boulevard apparently struck a person walking in the crosswalk as the driver was making a left-turn onto Moraga Road. The victim was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was later pronounced deceased. The driver remained at the scene.
The victim is identified as 60-year-old Sui Yuen of Lafayette.
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision or has any information is asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department at (925) 283-3680.
By Allen Payton
According to Interim Battalion Chief Ross Macumber, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District personnel responded to a small kitchen stove fire at Cortona Park senior living facility at 150 Cortona Way in Brentwood, Sunday, July 23 at 4:18 p.m. It was extinguished by a dry chemical extinguisher. Firefighters also manually pulled the fire suppression system above the stove. The fire was contained to the area of origin and resulted in only damage to the stove and stove area.
However, during this incident, two of the three ECCFPD engines were already on the motor vehicle accident with extrication at Highway 4/Vasco Road and Marsh Creek Road. (See related article). Only one ECCFPD unit was available for the fire. As a result, both ConFire and CalFire responded, as well.
With the assistance of Brentwood police, residents were evacuated to the front courtyard. As a precautionary measure, three code-two ambulances were called for the residents who were in the heat outside. Once the fire was out all residents were let back in to the building.
Grease was the probable cause of the fire and there were no civilian or firefighter injuries. See the incident report, here: CortonaFireIncidentReport