Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Amador Commission on Aging: News You Can Use - December 2016

From the Amador Commission on Aging
Committed to informing the seniors of Amador County
And advocating for their well-being.

  Highlighted items are new or most important on-going info:
·        Common Ground Senior Services is still in need of $5000 for the freezer. There were several generous donations. This freezer is essential to serve the senior meals program, particularly the home-delivered meals program. The cost is $16000. The Amador Senior Foundation donated $8000 but there is still a need for the rest. Contact Anne Boyce at 223.3015 if  you have ideas or wish to make a donation.

·        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.  

·        The Annual Holiday See’s Candy sale to benefit the Amador Senior ended on November 29th but there will be plenty of holiday wrapped candy assortments and special holiday novelties. Candy will remain at $17 a pound until the first of the year.

·        There will be an Unmet Needs (Transportation) Hearing on December 15th to give public input to the Amador County Transportation Commission about what people need in the way of transportation. There is  form online that people can use if they do not wish to go to the hearing or cannot get there. Money that is not designated as needed for transportation options is used for road and street repair.  It is important to give the ACTC input about the need for increased public transportation.

·        The 2016 edition 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.

·        The American Red Cross is partnering with fire departments to have volunteers install smoke alarms in seniors’ homer.  Contact your local fire department for information.

·        Jack Mitchell, Publisher and Caitlyn Schapp, Editor of the new ACORN News came and spoke with the Commission.  Jack gave a brief description of the history of newspapers in Amador which resulted in the Jackson Band of Miwoks now owning the paper and the assets of the former Ledger Dispatch. He described some of the projects that are currently in the works:
o   Paper will focus on both Amador and Calaveras County and will be published twice a week (Tuesday and Friday). The  Buy and Sell Press will also be included in the shopping flyers. There will also be a much requested TV guide section.
o   People who had subscriptions to the Ledger Dispatch will have their subscription transferred to the ACORN. Subscriptions will be $55 a year for now.
o   The business office will be moving from the Rancheria to downtown Jackson (the previous Kaizan Building on Water Street) and will be displaying some of the historical artifacts and equipment from the Ledger.
o   The ACORN and the Friends of the Library are working on digital records of all the previous issues of the newspaper. This will be available to the public when it is done.
Jack and Caitlyn expressed their strong commitment to making this a community based paper with ample input from the public including a school section, a kids’ page, a page for senior citizens.
    The Commission agreed to form a committee to provide input to Jack and Caitlyn.  Skip will arrange for the committee to meet and then they will meet with Jack and Caitlyn to share their ideas for a Senior Page.
·        April Miller, Amador Transit, passed out flyers about the shuttle service that will be provided in Sutter Creek for the Parade of Lights on December 10th. She reported that ridership has increased by 7.4% and that Dial.A.Ride is also up 2.4%
·        Kaybee Alvarado is holding a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.  She has scheduled it to be held at the Senior Center.  Dates will be available soon. Marla is holding a number of Labyrinth events. Contact her for additional details and dates. (

·        Supervisor Morgan reported that there are some new grants that may be able to help individuals (including but not limited to seniors) with tree removal on private property. P.G.&E has a link on their website that lists loggers who are certified to remove trees.

Emma reported under announcements that the venerable Mace Meadows Restaurant is again open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
Black’s Station has also re-opened for dinners Thursday through Sunday.

Ongoing programs to share with people:
·        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
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. It 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
·        Amador Senior Center Family Caregiver Support Group will meet on December 28th   at 10:30 and will usually meet the 4th Wednesday of each month in 2017. 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. 

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