Rehabilitation Research Center (RRC) in Santa Clara County provides information and support for traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients and their families. Services include a volunteer-led TBI Peer Support Network, TBI Resource Directory, and educational presentations for families and professionals. RRC’s roster of activities and services, as well as information related to TBI, is also available for free on their website at www.tbi-sci.org. To discuss services and resources, contact Richard Patterson by phone at (408) 793-6428 or by email at [email protected]. Services are also provided in Spanish by contacting Laura Jameson at (408) 793-6439 or [email protected]. RRC’s main number is (408) 793-6433.
For caregivers living in the Mountain View area, El Camino Hospital operates a Health Resource Center and Medical Library that offers free health and information services, including health insurance counseling, assistance with the Advance Health Care Directives, nutritional consultation, blood pressure screenings, “Ask the Pharmacist” program, and support groups. The health library is open to the public and provides transportation for ambulatory persons within ten miles of the hospital. Call (650) 988-7622 or visit www.elcaminohospital.org and select Health Resource Center and Medical Library to link to more information.
Disabled residents between the ages of 18 and 59 and living in San Francisco or Oakland may receive free home-delivered meals. Project Open Hand provides one evening meal daily to residents of San Francisco or Oakland who are homebound due to a serious illness or medical conditionincluding individuals living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, severe arthritis, or those recovering from surgery. San Francisco residents call (415) 447-2326 and Oakland residents call (510) 596-8200. Visit www.openhand.org for a description of this and other services. Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco (ILRCSF) also provides a daily meal to San Francisco residents with a disability that makes it difficult to prepare meals or shop for food. For more information, contact Merrill Roberts at (415) 543-6222 ext. 116.
Seniors over the age of sixty can contact the Senior Legal Hotline of California and have legal questions answered by qualified attorneys and paralegals for free. All areas of law are covered and seniors can call the hotline directly at (800) 222-1753 or access the hotline by visiting www.seniorlegalhotline.org and emailing questions (responses to questions will not be provided by email, but a legal representative will contact the senior to set up a telephone appointment in order to address the individual’s issues).
Tele-Care Support Service is a free telephone reassurance program available to anyone of any age who is homebound, frail or disabled living in San Mateo County. Volunteers from Seton Medical Center will phone the individual regularly to share casual conversation and to inquire after their well being. If the call is not answered a call will be made to a nearby family member or friend in order to have them follow up on the individual and ensure their safety. For information, call program director Marilyn Levine at (650) 991-6567.
Senior Center Without Walls is a new and refreshing program which seeks to alleviate the loneliness and isolation of homebound seniors in Alameda County. All contact takes place strictly over the telephone and allows seniors to enjoy social stimulation without having to leave their homes. The program works by joining seniors in the community through group conference calls to participate in fun and educational activities as well as casual conversation. The conference calls are easy to dial into and are free to callers. Activities include bingo, brain aerobics, book reviews, current events discussions and reminiscences. To sign up for this program, call (510) 444-0243.
Community Health Resource Center is featuring the award winning film by Julie Winokur, “Aging in America: The Years Ahead”. Following the film there will be a panel discussion and resource fair offering information about assistance programs for seniors and caregivers. This event takes place on Saturday, May 21st from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue (at Geary) in San Francisco. Suggested $20 donation. Call (415) 923-3155 for more information.
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