Agency Newsletter

Issue 28: November 2017
Our mission is to provide service and assistance to seniors that will foster independence, promote safety and well being, preserve dignity, and improve quality of life

Senior Support of the Tri-Valley
wishes you a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving
Let’s talk Turkey!
A Thanksgiving mix-up inspired the first TV dinners.  In 1953, a Swanson employee accidentally ordered a colossal shipment of Thanksgiving turkeys (260 tons, to be exact). To get rid of them all, salesman Gerry Thomas came up with the idea of filling 5,000 aluminum trays with the turkey – along with cornbread dressing, gravy, peas and sweet potatoes. They were sold for 98 cents, and were a hit. Within one year, over ten million were sold.
Almost eight in 10 agree that the second helpings of stuffingmashed potatoes and pie beat out the big dinner itself,  

according to a 2015 Harris Poll.

There are four places in the country named Turkey.  The U.S. Census has identified another seven called Cranberry, and a grand total of 33 dubbed Plymouth.

Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization.
Upcoming Local Events
RSVP for a ride to the festivities.
From the desk of Joey Tchang
Fall Prevention Coordinator
Some of the Factors Contributing to Slips, Trips and Falls Include:
Wet or Slippery Surfaces:
Wet or slippery surfaces are a major cause of slips. Highly polished floors such as marble, terrazzo, or ceramic tile can be extremely slippery even when dry and definitely increase the potential for a slip when moisture (spills, rain, and mud) are present. Outside the home after the first rain of the season is another opportunity for falls.
The following are some simple ways to reduce the likelihood of a slip and/or fall on wet or slippery floors:
  • Use anti-skid adhesive tape in high traffic areas
  • Use absorbent mats in entrance ways during inclement weather. (Caution: Un-anchored mats may cause slip hazards themselves. Make sure that mats lie flat and that the backing material will not slide on the floor.)
  • Be aware of wet floors. Clean up spills and wet floors as soon as practical.
  • Use proper mats in areas that tend to be “spill prone” (bathrooms, kitchens)
If you must walk on a slippery surface such as wet driveways/sidewalks:
  • Wear proper footwear for better traction on slippery surfaces
  • Point your feet slightly outward, keeping your center of balance under you
  • Take slow, small steps
  • Use your feet as probes to detect possible slip, trip and fall hazards
  • Use rails or other stable objects that you can hold onto
  • Protect the more vulnerable parts of your body like your head, neck and spine if you do fall
  • When moving from carpet to tile or dry tile to wet tile, etc., the friction (grip) between the sole of the shoe and the floor surface lessens. Alter your stride to take shorter, slower steps.
Source: University of Wisconsin- Environmental Health & Safety
Caregiver Support Group News
Caregiver Support Group Meeting meets
Monday, November 13
from 1:00-3:00 pm
In the main classroom at the Pleasanton Senior Center
Contact Barbara Will at 925-931-5389 or for more information.
Do you know what resources are available in our community?
Each month we will highlight an organization that serves our seniors.

Legal Assistance for Seniors
Legal Assistance for Seniors works to ensure the independence and dignity of seniors by protecting their legal rights through education, counseling, and advocacy.
LAS provides free legal services to seniors throughout Alameda County, including free legal advice and information, representation in court and administrative hearings, referrals to other community resources, and community education and training on legal issues.
Our main areas of legal service:


The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is a volunteer supported program that helps Medicare beneficiaries of any age make informed choices and provides advocacy when their health care benefits and rights are threatened or denied.


LAS staff and volunteers travel to senior residences, senior and disability centers, community centers and faith-based organizations throughout Alameda County to speak about legal and healthcare-related issues important to seniors.
Learn more >>
LAS is a 501(c)(3) organization.
* While LAS is committed to serving seniors and other persons in need, LAS is not a primary responder. In situations that require immediate medical, police or emergency services intervention, please call 911 for assistance.
Upcoming classes in Pleasanton
WHAT: FREE 12-week Tai Chi Program
October 2nd – December 20th
Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 P.M.
WHERE: Gardens at Ironwood
(925) 458-3728
Join Joey Tchang in this gentle but effective form of exercise proven to improve balance, flexibility and strength as well as improve sleep quality and mental/physical well-being.
For additional information, contact Joey at 925-931-5383

New Affordable Senior Housing

coming to Livermore
Chestnut Square, a 72 unit senior apartment complex coming in late 2018. The developer, MidPen will begin construction in December 2017 and it’s expected to be ready for occupancy about a year later (late 2018). We anticipate that the application process will begin in early Fall 2018.
If anyone is interested in being notified when the application process begins, they may sign up on our ‘Affordable Housing Interest List’ via the City’s website
or by calling the Housing & Human Services phone at (925) 960-4580.
Send email inquires to:

Finding Wellness Classes

coming to town near you.
Check back for an upcoming date and place near you!
The Finding Wellness team at Senior Support is proud to announce a newseries of free classes called Finding Wellness Series 2!
Classes will meet once/week for four weeks with each class focusing on your health and well-being as it relates to your brain, heart, liver and gut.
In this fun and interactive class, you will learn tips and tricks on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle from a nutritional, physical and emotional perspective.
Further questions should be directed to 
Amy Jones at (925)-931-5393 or
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
Social Group for Widowed Seniors
New 2017-2018 Calendar
Please call:  Mary McNamara  (925) 931-5381
 or  Barbara Will (925) 931-5389
 Friendly Visitor Program
Volunteers are what keep us going strong.
Are you looking for a way to give back to the seniors in our community?  The Friendly Visitor Program may be just what you are looking for.
A few hours a week that can fit around your schedule provides:
  • socialization,
  • grocery and shopping assistance,
  • home and telephone visit.
Our volunteers put in many hours providing support and friendship and the rewards are priceless. We also welcome volunteers who are multi-lingual in Mandarin, Spanish, Farsi and Bengali.
We also have opportunities to help senior’s run errands and get groceries. It offers a flexible time commitment.  Interested? Contact Lori for more details.
For further information 
Contact Lorie Rohloff at (925) 931-5388 or
Join us for the
Fresh Bites Cooking Class
Thursday, November 16
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
at the ssptv office
Reservations are required, limited seating
Further questions can be directed to Nancy Bennett at 931-5382.
SOAR Program
(Stepping Out And Reconnecting)
Dear Friends and Partners,
We are seeking community support to prevent the loss of an important senior services program called SOAR.  SOAR (Stepping Out And Reconnecting) provides help to seniors who suddenly find themselves alone and socially isolated, as can happen after the loss or relocation of longtime friends or family. SOAR provides a lifeline to new friendships, support, and activities designed to foster engagement and retain independence. When obstacles to that dream arise, having access to caring professional staff at a program like SOAR can make all the difference!
Contact  Amy Jones at 925-931-5393

Medication Safety Program
Our local Parkinson’s Support Group
offers a monthly support group
 on the second Saturday of each month.
 10:00- Noon
 Pleasanton Senior Center
They also offer a group exercise class for Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological & mobility challenges.
Thursdays 9:00 am- 10:00 am
Lynnewood United Methodist Church
For more information on either the support group or the exercise class, please contact; 
Mary Behrendt 
 (925)-989-0209 or
A big thank you to our local business and community organizations that support our seniors.
Body Balance Fitness and Massage
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley 
would like to 
thank the following sponsors 
for their 
continued support over the years:
Cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin,
Alameda County Departments of Behavioral Health, Area Agency on Aging, and Public Health,
Alameda County Transportation Commission for their support of our VAST Program,
Alameda County Measure A,
 Supervisor Nate Miley,
Supervisor Scott Haggerty.
We love our Individual Donors
Valorie Kelly Christeen Satterlee Elisabeth Ryan
Sheila J. McAlinden Jeannette Gurthrie Beverly Ulbrich
Giong-Cheng Hu Janice L. Brown Letha Hall
Frances Mackie llika Banerjee Edmund Salazar
Mark Sampson Susan Springer Kathy Joseph Stockman
Patricia K. Lenz
Karen and Gerald Hookey
Mary Lou Lowell