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Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
Upcoming Events
Available Resources
March for Meals
Meals On Wheels
Home Care Referral
Fall Prevention
C.C. Café
Healthy Bites
About Town
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Chris Cousin

Kim Berry

Ursula Bartels

Carol Cordone

Tom Turner

Jason Hunt

Myrna Stewart

Stephanie Taddeo

Leslie Ward

Tim Shaw

Marino Angostura

Michael Dahlquist

Thomas Hall

Kevin Wallace


 Friendly Visitors


Jean Chamberlin 


Teresa Vaughn

Neil Wilson



"My mother really enjoyed her meals delivered by friendly and loving people.  She kept those people as friends when she moved to the assisted living center in Concord.  She passed away in October with fond memories and friends of Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services. Please continue with your loving program.  It not only feeds the body, it also feeds spirits, souls, and hearts. "

-A. Peterson 



Elder Financial Abuse Seminar

Sponsored by

San Pablo's Committee on Aging

Thursday, March 19th

9:00am - 12:00pm

San Pablo Senior Center

Maple Hall

13831 San Pablo Avenue,

San Pablo


East Bay Senior Resource Expo

Friday, March 20th

9:00am - 2:00pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel

45 John Glenn Drive, Concord

Click here for details 




Rotary HOME Team

Saturday, March 28th

FREE home maintenance for seniors unable to perform basic household repairs.


Click here for details



Senior Center Without Walls,

A Telephone Community for California Elders

Fall Prevention Discussion

Tuesday, April 7th

11:00am - 12:00pm


See Page 19 of Workshop Catalog



10th Annual

Living Better After 50


Saturday, April 18th

8:45am - 3:15pm

Pittsburg Adult Education Center


Click here for details and registration information



Senior Rally Day

"Make Seniors a Priority in 2015 and Beyond--

Reinvest in the Older Californians Act"

Wednesday, May 6th,

9:00am - 3:00pm

  West lawn of the capitol


Click here for flyer



MOWSOS Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Thursday, June 18th

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Heather Farm,

Walnut Creek


Save the date flyer 





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Available Resources


Taxes Done Right!

EarnIt, KeepIt, $aveIt!


Free tax service you can trust.


Click here for details and for Contra Costa locations.


Elder Mediation

Conflict Resolution Programs



Issue 3, Volume 3
March  2015

Fifteen years from today, 20% of Californians will be over the age of 65.  Compare that to the current 12% and we have an "Age Wave." 


These are exciting and challenging times.  You and I must drive future planning.  MOWSOS is actively engaged in creating systemic changes to senior care - working with partners to help seniors age in place and connect to needed resources.


March for Meals and recognition by the National Council on Aging for our fall prevention services spotlight two of our efforts.  Earlier this month I met with legislators in Sacramento to push for funding of the Older Californians Act, which includes the senior safety net of services.  Our small group included Nhang Luong from the Area Agency on Aging; Joan Carpenter from Supervisor Gioia's office; Debbie Toth, CEO of Rehabilitation Services of Northern California; and Senior Legislator, Shirley Krohn.  Together we pressed for action.


Join us in working together to ensure that all seniors are able to age in place for as long as possible.




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 March for Meals


    Together We Stand




On Monday, March 16th, dozens of community leaders in Contra Costa will help raise awareness of senior hunger and isolation in Contra Costa County through the nationwide Meals on Wheels America "March for Meals" campaign.


Concord Mayor, Tim Grayson, and Pleasant Hill Mayor, Ken Carlson,
among many other community leaders, will help MOWSOS volunteer drivers deliver meals with a friendly smile to frail, homebound seniors.  


25,000 seniors in Contra Costa County are hungry or isolated, and the number is growing.  By 2030, the number of seniors will double, and we must take a stand to promote and support legislation that will provide critical aid to those in need.


We applaud our local community leaders for taking a stand with us!  More on our participation in "March for Meals" in next month's newsletter.    


For information on the March for Meals campaign, please contact Leigh Shughrou at or

925-937-8311 x133.

Meals on Wheels



A Grateful Client


Geraldine Ochoa is 98 years old and loving life!  She and one of her daughters recently attended a Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa Donor Event to speak to guests about the incredible impact Meals on Wheels has made in her life.

Geraldine Ochoa, Age 98


Geraldine's daughters say they especially appreciate the wellness check that takes place when the

meal is delivered.  "It's reassuring for me to know that Mom has a visitor every day," says daughter Lilly Kite. 


"The meals are fantastic  and knowing that I am safe and enjoying a nutritious meal every day takes the burden off of my daughters who can't get here every day," says Geraldine.


For more information, please contact Sharon Fitzgerald at or 925-937-8311.
 Home Care Referral

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Keeping the Pulse on Reducing Readmissions

MOWSOS partner, 24Hr HomeCare, conducted a live study at the ARC Readmission Summit on February 13th.


Respondents were asked to identify the largest challenge in keeping their patients, residents, and clients out of the hospital. The four primary findings were:

  • Access to primary care physician
  • Medication adherence
  • Lack of support system
  • Lack of care plan literacy

For a more detailed analysis on the findings, please click here.

 Fall Prevention



MOWSOS Fall Prevention Service Cited in National Publication!


Forty-eight states and the District of Columba celebrated the 7th Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) on September 23rd, 2014, through education, falls risk screenings, evidence-based programs, and advocacy.


The National Council on Aging (NCOA), named as the U.S. Administration on Aging's National Falls Prevention Resource Center, compiled a thorough examination and summary of Fall Prevention Programs. 


"Champions and partners in Contra Costa County worked to obtain Fall Prevention Awareness Week Proclamations for all the cities and the Board of Supervisors in the County. Volunteers attended the meetings to talk about the coalition and accept the proclamations. Partners with the Pleasant Hill Senior Center held a Pancake Breakfast resource/health fair and fundraiser, sponsored by local businesses and emceed by the mayor of Pleasant Hill," according to the NCOA report  



Pancake Breakfast and Grandparents Day with  Pleasant Hill Mayor Tim Flaherty.


San Pablo Mayor Paul V. Morris with MOWSOS's Health and Wellness Division Manager, Cynthia Black.


C.C. Café

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 Hau`oli la Ho'omaha loa!

If you're not familiar with the Hawaiian language, Hau'oli la Ho'omaha loa means "happy retirement" and eighty-nine year old Bea Wu is, indeed, enjoying a happy retirement.
A native Hawaiian and 13-year Concord C.C. Café client and volunteer, Bea is spry, agile, and has a very contagious smile.
Pictured from left: Eileen Yonk, Bea Wu, and Patti Kiesel, Concord C.C. Café participants
Since she can remember, Bea has exercised and eaten nutritiously.  "I've always taken care to put some form of exercise into my daily routine," says Bea.  In fact, she walked over 30,000 steps on a recent 2-day trip to Disneyland!  "It's all about staying active," she says. 
"The Concord C.C. Café has been an important part of my life.  Over the past thirteen years, I've met some of the most incredible and caring people on earth.  The meals are incredibly nutritious and I enjoy serving others," says Bea.
Bea will be ninety in just a few short months and says she is "ready for the next decade of my life." 
For more information, please contact Francisca Delgado at or 925-937-8311.
 Healthy Bites


8 Tips for Safe and Effective Strength Training


Strong muscles are important for healthy bodies. One way to keep muscles in shape is with strength training. But performing muscle-strengthening exercises the wrong way can do more harm than good. Here are some guidelines to help you avoid injury and keep your program on track. 


See full HealthBeat article here.     

 About Town

Another great picture from the "Blossoms for Barbara" Event with special thanks to Linda Karp and the Clayton Valley Garden Club.
Danville Lions Club presents MOW Program Manager, Sharon Fitzgerald, 10 containers of living essentials for homebound seniors. Pictured with Sharon: Ray Martz (left) and Pat Morgan (right).

Geraldine Ochoa (left) and Executive Director, Elaine Clark

If you have suggestions for our newsletter or would like to contribute a quote, photo, or story, please contact:
Leigh Shughrou
Public Affairs Specialist
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
925-937-8311 x133

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