Saturday, October 1, 2016

ACCOA - News You Can Use - October 2016

From the Amador Commission on Aging
Committed to informing the seniors of Amador County and advocating for their well-being.
Questions? E-mail info@amadorelders.org


AMADOR COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING - The next Commission Meeting will be held at the Amador Senior Center in Room #3 on Wednesday, October 19 at 10 a.m. Debbie Schugg, HICAP Program Manager for A12AA will be giving an update on changes in Medicare Part D and answering other questions if there is time. Public is welcome.
Currently the Amador Commission has 16 members. Needs are: District #1 – two Commissioners ; District #2 – one seat available (One member-at-large is awaiting appointment)
14 Commissioners are over currently over 60. Younger members are welcome but must have some involvement with seniors that would be relevant to the Commission’s purpose: advocating for the seniors of Amador County- identifying needs and providing access to information.
  Brochures about the Commission and applications are available at the Senior Center or by contacting the Board of Supervisors or on line at the Amador County website.
The 2016 EDITION OF THE SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE of the Senior Resource Guide is at the Amador Senior Center and is being distributed by many service providers.  There will also be copies at the Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Realtors office.
AMADOR RIDES PROGRAM - April is still recruiting volunteers for the Amador Rides program which provides free transportation to medical appointments. They now have a wheelchair accessible van that the volunteers can use instead of using their own cars. E-mail

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - There are handouts on Emergency Preparedness that were prepared by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing masters’ students. They are available from the Senior Center.  If you need multiple copies, ask Eileen. The materials focus on plan, prepare and practice.
ANNUAL LUAU CANCELLED - Common Grounds had to cancel the Annual Luau that was to be held on October 8th . Another fund-raising event will be held after the beginning of the year.
THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY SEE’S CANDY SALE to benefit the Amador Senior Center will be taking orders starting October 1. Candy and gift certificates can be ordered for a discounted price. Orders must be in and paid for by November 29th. Candy will arrive the first week of December.
RESOURCE GUIDES. Laurie Webb, Executive Director of the Amador Senior Center gave a presentation about the history, funding and services and programs of the Senior Center. She distributed Resources Guides. Call 223-0452 for information about the Amador Senior Center’s many services. She also explained the differences between Common Ground Senior Services and ACSC and how they collaborate on providing a variety of services.
ONGOING PROGRAMS:

SHERIFF'S HIDDEN KEY PROGRAM – Free program! Information and registration forms available at the Sheriff’s office, Amador Senior Center and from Common Ground front office.


CODE RED: People need to register their cell phones in order to receive a call or text in the case of an emergency or natural disaster. Everyone in the county received a postcard with information about this program. You can register on the Sheriff’s website http://www.amadorsheriff.org/administration/code_red
People who need assistance can call Eileen (223-0452) at the Senior Center and she will talk them through the process over the phone. Next month there will be a computer available at the Center and Eileen will assist people in registering using that computer.
EVENING SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS OF ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA PATIENTS meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Gold Quartz from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call Susan Tomasich for more information.(223-3273 or stomasich@amadorassistcare.com


AMADOR SENIOR CENTER FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP will meet on October 26th at 10:30 and meets meet the 4th Wednesday of each month. Any family member/friend who is caring for a loved one is welcome. Call Laurie at 223-0442 for further information.
SERVICES AND PROGRAMS FUNDED BY THE COMMISSION include the following:
Vial of Life (co-sponsored by the American Legion Ambulance) - $3 donation.
Visible Address signs (with funding from the American Legion Ambulance) $20 for a senior (60 and older) or $25 for Amador residents younger than 60. Installation assistance is available through the Amador Senior Center’s Home Repair and Safety Modification program. Applications are available at the Senior Center.
Guide to Volunteer Opportunities in Amador – sponsored by the Commission on Aging. Free to individuals. Donations accepted from organizations or businesses.

SEE'S CANDY is always available at the Senior Center – 8:30 to 4 on weekdays all year. Fresh candy picked up monthly and special order (at a slightly higher cost) available by contacting Eileen at 223-0452. Very low prices but proceeds help fund programs for the Center.

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