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placeholder June 27, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA
Senior Living & Resources

Classes, Education
July 13, 16
AARP Driver Safety Program. July 13: 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek; July 16: 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. This eight-hour Smart Driver classroom course helps drivers refine existing skills and develop safe, defensive driving techniques. Must be 50 and over. $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Payment by check only at class site. Bring AARP ID or member ID number for discount verification. Information: 877-846-3299.

Thursda, July 21
How to talk to your parents about senior living, 6-7:30 p.m., Mercy Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd, Oakland.

Friday, July 29
Medicare Alert! How to Help Prevent Medicare Fraud and Abuse. 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Downtown Oakland Senior Center, 200 Grand Ave., Oakland. 510-832-3040. In English and Vietnamese.

Volunteer opportunities
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services. Drivers needed to deliver meals to frail, homebound seniors in Antioch, Bay Point and Pittsburg. Minimum commitment: only two hours one day a week. Information: Nancy Raniere, 925-937-8606 or complete an online application at www.mowsos.org.

Tele-care is a phone check-in service for people who live alone or are convalescing from an illness at home and who have registered for the program. Volunteers call people at a pre-arranged time. If they are unable to reach someone, the volunteer will call a friend or neighbor (who has agreed to be a contact person) to go to the person's house to check up on them. The only contact between a volunteer and a Tele-care member is by phone. Information: 510-204-4487 or www.altabatessummit.org/community/telecare.html.

BINGO/LUNCH
Monday, July 18
Lunch and Bingo. Every third Monday at St. Anthony Parish, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Most start arriving at 11:30 a.m. Lunch followed by Bingo. There is no charge. The program includes occasional bus trips. 925-625-2048.

Monday, August 8
Senior luncheon. At noon in the parish hall, Queen of All Saints Parish, 2390 Grant St., Concord. 925-825-0350.

Thursdays
All Saint Seniors. 22824 Second St. Hayward. Group meets weekly for potluck lunch or Bingo. Frances: 510-846-5300 or Diana: 510-581-0736.

LUNCHEONS
July 14, August 11, Sept. 8
Monthly senior luncheons. Second Thursdays in the large hall at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road in Concord. $12 donation, all-you-can-eat. 925-672-5800.

July 20, August 17
Age of Grace and Wisdom Potluck Luncheons. Third Wednesdays January through October at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. No charge; just bring a dish to share. Subject to change, contact parish office, 925-447-4549, ext. 115.

Senior Luncheons at St. Augustine Parish. Held in the vestibule of the church at 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. The Parish's pastoral care team prepares lunch for the seniors. All registered parish members ages 65 and over receive an invitation to the group in the mail. Attendees often bring a dish to share, although this is not necessary. Entertainment is always part of the afternoon, as well as the Anointing of the Sick for those who wish it. 510-653-8631.

MASS
July 2, August 6
Monthly Anointing Mass. 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 37588, Fremont Blvd, Fremont. A complementary luncheon for seniors follows the Mass. Held first Saturday of the month, except in May. 510-797-1660.

July 21, August 18, Sept. 15
Golden Friends. 11 a.m. third Thursdays at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 1640 Addison St. in Berkeley. Mass in the chapel at 11 a.m. followed by potluck lunch in the rectory. All parishioners over 60 are welcome. 510-843-2244.

Young at Hearts group at St. Isidore Parish. 11 a.m. Mass third Thursdays (when a priest is available), followed by lunch (Costs: $3), and Bingo afterwards. Located at the St. Isidore Ministry Center, 440 La Gonda Way in Danville (directly across the street from the church). Contact person: Bella Kerrigan, 925-352-3579.

SOCIALS
July 1, August 5, Sept. 2
The 60-plus-or-minus Club. First Fridays after the 9:30 a.m. Mass in Mt. Tabor Hall, Church of the Transfiguration, 4000 East Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. 510-538-7941.

Wednesday, July 6
Silver and Gold Event, a ministry for "mature parishioners", 55 plus. At St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish in Antioch. All you can eat pizza at Skipolini's Pizza on Fitzures Road in Antioch. $10. Information: 925-778-0768.

Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28
Memory Café. 2 to 8 p.m. Thursdays in the Community Center of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 294 Broadmoor Blvd., San Leandro. Memory Café is a place for people with dementia to come and enjoy a community atmosphere.

Fridays, Sept. 16, Oct. 21
Classic Club (55 and over) group at St. Isidore Parish. 5:30 p.m. third Fridays at 440 La Gonda Way, Danville in the St. Isidore Ministry Center directly across the street from the church, Contact person: Rosalia Achziger, 925-381-0170.

Golden Friends is the senior ministry of St. Michael Parish in Livermore. Members meet monthly for lunch and prayer and also for fun outings. For more information contact Wilma at 925-447-8198 or email Wilma.matuska@gmail.com.

HEALTH/FITNESS
Saturday, July 16
Silver and Gold Event, a ministry for 55-plus parishioners at St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish, Antioch. Stretch and stroll through the Dow Wetlands Reserve. Information: 925-778-0768.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
St. Benedict Parish Wellness Group. 6 to 7 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Benedict Church, 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland, 510-632-1847.

Tuesdays
St. John's Seniors. 11 a.m. in the St. John the Baptist Church Community Center, 6500 Gladys Ave., corner of Lexington, El Cerrito. Director: Jan Duckart, 510-527-2850 or 510-237-3808.

Senior organizations/resources
Senior Resource Guide for North County Nonprofit and Public Agencies. Serving Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont. Alameda County Area Agency on Aging 6955 Foothill Boulevard, Third Floor, Oakland, 800-510-2020, 510-577-3530, http://alamedasocialservices.org.

The Senior Services Coalition. Mission: to help shape public policy for today and for a future in which every fifth person you meet will be over 65. http://seniorservicescoalition.org.

Alzheimer's Association 24-Hour Help Line: 1-800-272-3900

Alameda Meals on Wheels
Office hours: 9 a.m. to noon weekdays. 510-865-6131. Alameda Meals on Wheels is a seven-day-a-week program that has been delivering hot, nourishing meals to Alameda residents since 1973. Subscribers pay on a sliding fee scale, based upon their ability.

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (Contra Costa County)
1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 925-937-8311 or http://mowsos.org/

Meals on Wheels — Contra Costa County, www.mealsonwheelsofcontracosta.org
West County (Richmond, North Richmond, Point Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, El Sobrante, Crockett, Rodeo, Hercules, Port Costa, El Cerrito and Kensington), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 510-412-0166.

Central County and East County (Concord, Martinez, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Bay Point, Pittsburg, and Antioch), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, 925·937·8607.

Far East County (Oakley, Brentwood, Byron, Knightsen, Bethel Island, Discovery Bay), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 925·625·4545. Clients must be 60 years of age or older, and unable to purchase of repare regular nutritious meals for themselves and have no one else available to do so. Meals are delivered by volunteers five days a week before noon, and frozen meals are available for weekends.

Project Open Hand, Oakland, 1921 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, 510-622-0221. Grocery Center & Meal pick-up times, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, www.openhand.org/about-us/locations#oakland. Project Open Hand provides meals and food to critically ill neighbors and seniors in San Francisco and Alameda counties.

United Seniors of Oakland, 7200 Bancroft Ave., Suite 251 (inside Eastmont Towne Center Mall, Second Floor), Oakland, 510-729-0852.

Tele-care program
A service of Sutter Health and Alta Bales Summit Medical Center is a daily phone service for those who live alone, are widowed or retired; or who are homebound, disabled, or those convalescing from illness. The program helps seniors stay in their home as long as possible and provides resources and referrals when necessary. Residents of both Alameda County and Contra Costa County are eligible to participate. Contact the Tele-Care office 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays at 510-204-4487 for information and a registration form. All information provided is kept confidential.

St. Mary's Center
925 Brockhurst St., Oakland, 510-923-9600 or stmaryscenter.org — services to improve the quality of life for at-risk seniors and preschoolers in Oakland.

Mercy Brown Bag Program
The Brown Bag program, started by the Mercy Retirement and Care Center in 1985, distributes nutritious bags of groceries to about 6,000 seniors living on a fixed income throughout Alameda County. The Mercy Brown Bag program is also vital to more than 500 senior volunteers who help keep the program going. They sort, deliver bags, assist with paperwork and more. Its guiding principle is "seniors helping seniors." Information: 510-534-8540, ext. 369, to find out how you can help or donate.

City of Albany Senior Center
Comprehensive services, social and recreational programs for adults 50-plus. Must be a member to be able to participate. Membership is free. 900 Buchanan St., Albany, 510-524-9122, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=212

 
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