The City College of San Francisco’s class, Self Healing Through the Mind and Body, promotes wellness through discussion and practice of mind and body techniques, including meditation, imagery, breathing exercises, and Tai Chi. The class is free, offered at sites throughout San Francisco, and open on a drop-in basis to anyone who would like to participate. Contact Diane See at (415) 585-2442.
The nonprofit Regional Cancer Foundation is offering no-cost, unbiased second opinions for individuals diagnosed with cancer. This program, created in recognition of the fact that most physicians cannot spend as much time with their patients as they would like, will assist persons who have been diagnosed with cancer and family members in understanding the nature of their diagnosis and the various treatments available. Each client meets with a panel of specialists in the fields of oncology, surgery, radiology, pathology and radiation oncology. The program is intended to act in conjunction with, not in lieu of, the person’s primary physician’s care. The Regional Cancer Foundation is not affiliated with any hospital, HMO, or state or federal governmental program. The Foundation is located in San Francisco, but serves residents of any county or state who are willing to travel to San Francisco. For information call (415) 775-9956.
The Bay Area Community Services (BACS) offers specialized services to prevent or delay institutionalization of older adults who are frail or disabled. The BACS Money Management Program is intended to protect clients from financial abuse and exploitation that could seriously deplete their personal finances. The program is available to Alameda County seniors who are low income ($1,630 monthly income for a family of one and $2,306 for a family of two) and is meant to be used by clients on a long-term basis. For further information, call Diane Beynon at (510) 271-4149.
The Community Care Licensing Office maintains public files on residential care facilities for the elderly and cognitively or physically impaired adults, and these files are available to anyone wishing to obtain information on licensed care facilities in their area. The office can provide information concerning licensing regulations within the state of California, and responds to complaints about residential care facilities for the elderly. They can also provide lists of licensed facilities to consumers within their service area. In San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, the Community Care Licensing Office can be reached at (650) 266-8800; in Sonoma County, (707) 588-5026; in Alameda County, (510) 286-4201; in San Jose, (408) 277-1289.
The On-Track Day Program for Adults with an Acquired Brain Injury, located in Concord, California, is a day program developed to address the unique needs of adults who have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, stroke, anoxic-hypoxic brain injury, aneurysm or brain tumor. The program provides a structured environment where students relearn old skills, develop new coping skills, increase independence, and socialize and support one another. The program is offered every school semester, September through December and January through May. Students can enroll for a two-day or three-day per week program. The cost is $3.50 per day or $45 per month for individuals attending the three-day-per-week program. For information, call Loma Vista Adult Center at (925) 685-7340.
Heart of the Valley Services for Seniors provides a plethora of short-term services for residents of Campbell, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and West San Jose who are over the age of 60. Services for Seniors include light housekeeping, handyman services, shopping and errand running, companionship, bill paying, escorted transportation, information and referral to community resources, respite breaks for caregivers, pet care, and assistance with activities at home and in the community. Heart of the Valley Services for Seniors can also act as a liaison between long-distance caregivers and the senior receiving services. There is no fee for the services provided, but donations are accepted. All services, however, do require a seven-day advance notice. Call (408) 241-1571.
The San Francisco TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Network is a collaborative project between RCH (Recreational Center for the Handicapped) and St. Mary’s Hospital to serve persons with a documented TBI. The San Francisco TBI Network provides information, referral, and service coordination including community reintegration, vocational support, supported living services, caregiver support and family and community education. Potential clients must be residents of San Francisco County, at least 18 years of age, have a documented brain injury, and be alcohol and substance abuse free for at least 90 days. For more information, contact the San Francisco TBI Network at (415) 665-4100 or (415) 750-4965.
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