LIFE ElderCare Spring 2012 Newsletter


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Our Special Annual Report edition of LIFELINES features our Mayors for Meals event.

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LIFE ElderCare Spring 2012 Newsletter

  1. 1. LIFE ElderCare Healthy Aging, Independent Living On Wednesday, March 21, Mayor Gus Morrison of Fremont and Mayor Al Nagy of Newark helped LIFE ElderCare volunteers deliver meals to seniors as part of our an- nual Mayors for Meals Day. They were joined by four City Council members, Anu Natarajan, Suzanne Chan and Bill Harrison from Fre- mont, and Maria Collazo from Newark. “We enjoy celebrating this event be- cause it shows how important com- munity support is in building and sustaining our Meals On Wheels program,” said Mary Anderson, LIFE ElderCare Executive Direc- tor. “We couldn’t do it without the enthusiastic support of people like you.” During the event, Suzanne Chan presented Anderson with a dona- tion in honor of the late Fremont mayor, Bob Wasserman. “This was a very special program to Bob and his wife Linda, a longtime Meals On Wheels driver,” said Chan. Meals On Wheels 510-574-2092 | Friendly Visitors 510-574-2097 | Fall Prevention 510-574-2088 | VIP Rides 510-574-2096 Spring 2012 LIFELINES “It takes financial support and volun- teers to make a daily connection with the frail elderly who need our help. I encourage all of you to join me in making a commitment to sustaining this vital service.” In addition to providing meals, the volunteers do a daily wellness check on each of the people on their route. While delivering meals with Mayor Morrison, Janaki Arayambath warmly greeted each of the seniors and asked them how they were doing. Janaki started volunteering four years ago when her son left for college and currently delivers meals three days a week on different routes. “I had fun delivering meals today,” said Morrison. “It gave me the chance to meet some of the older residents in our community and to hear about how grateful they are to be getting one hot meal a day.  I was also im- pressed by the dedicated volunteers.” Enis, 95 and Mayor Morrison 2012 Mayors For Meals participants, left to right: Gus Morrison, Mayor of Fremont, Bill Harrison, Council Member Fremont, Anu Natarajan, Council Member Fremont, Mary Anderson, LIFE ElderCare Executive Director, Judy Zlatnik, LIFE ElderCare Board President, Suzanne Chan, Council Member Fremont, Maria Collazo, Council Member Newark and Al Nagy, Mayor of Newark. Call 510-574-2086 to volunteer for Meals On Wheels or sign up online at It is our community itself that has become the long term care system, thanks to our leaders and supportive neighbors. Direct service programs for frail, homebound seniors living in Fremont, Newark and Union City, California
  2. 2. “We empower the elderly to live full lives in their own homes for as long as safely possible. It’s a unique approach that offers a higher quality of life at a much lower cost.” -- Mary M. Anderson, Executive Director, LIFE ElderCare Meals On Wheels helps Philip, 96 Profile of Fremont resident who has been fiixing clocks for 88 years. In the small Colorado town where I grew up, people brought their broken clocks to the local jewelry store to be repaired. Those that could not be fixed were donated to kids who wanted to play with them. The first one I got couldn’t be fixed because I didn’t have the parts, but a few weeks later I was given another one that was the same model. By taking parts out of that one, I was able to get the other one work- ing. I was eight years old and have been fixing clocks ever since. I came to California in 1936, but after losing my job went back to Colorado. A high point of that trip was crossing the Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland. It took four hours and cost 65 cents. In 1939, I came back to the Bay Area and got a job as a mechanic for the bus company. I retired in 1980 at 65. My six children, 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 5 great-greats are spread out all over the country. I only have one son who lives nearby. My wife and I learned about Meals On Wheels about a year ago when I went to the hospital for some tests. I’m 96 and she’s 86, so we were having a hard time keeping up with shopping and cooking. The meals are healthy which helps me manage my diabetes. Bay Jewelers Supports LIFE ElderCare Join our fundraiser at Bay Jewelers on May 5th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. On this day, 20% of your purchase will be donated to LIFE ElderCare. Bay Jewelers 46539 Mission Boulevard Fremont / Every day, through no fault of their own, older adults are facing heart- breaking choices. Many are forced to decide between medication and food, or not going to the doctor because they have no transportation. Those who have no family in the area sometimes go for weeks without seeing a friendly face. In Fremont, the percentage of people aged 60 and older has grown by 30%. We provide a safety net for the mothers, fathers and grandparents in the community. In the Tri-City area, unlike many other parts of the country, this vulnerable population has access to a trusted, community-based organi- zation that treats them like family. But we can’t do it without your help. LIFE ElderCare provides proven, effective, no to low-cost programs that make a real difference in older adults’ health and quality of life. Your financial contribution in the enclosed enve- lope, or an online donation through our website, will reflect your heartfelt commitment to healthy aging. Sign Up to get our e-newsletter, follow us online, or visit our website at You can make the difference between hope and hopelessness.
  3. 3. Since 1975, we have provided direct service programs to at-risk seniors with the help of community volunteers. LIFE ElderCare Annual Report 2010-2011 We represent a source of independence for Fremont, Newark and Union City seniors who choose to age in place. To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human condition. We are committed to keeping heart and home under one roof for as long as safely possible. Meals u 102,054 meals to seniors and disabled non-seniors u 226 volunteer drivers provided daily wellness checks u 95% of participants report that Meals On Wheels helps them live independently u CSUEB 4th year nursing students conducted over 400 home health assessments Transportation u 2,200 escorted trips for seniors and disabled non-seniors u 75% of appointments were for medical appointments u 3,620 hours donated by community volunteers Friendship u 198 Tri-City seniors were provided weekly companionship u 12,375 volunteer hours donated by community volunteers Mobility u 367 seniors enrolled in the in-home exercise program u 236 seniors received home safety assessments u 215 seniors received medication reviews Revenue FY July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 Expenses FY July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 Community Partnerships that WORK Last year, 700 individuals and businesses supported us with financial contributions. And, over 500 volunteers committed 2-4 hours of their time per month, a $1,100,000 in-kind, community investment in healthy aging. Through Unitek College and Cali- fornia State University, East Bay, 358 nursing students received hands-on experience in geriatric home care. SUPPORT Aging In Place Donate online at Accomplishments Program Expenses $724,165 Adm inistration $88,913 Fundraising $84,601 Private Funding $539,995 Public Funding $306,276
  4. 4. NONPROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID FREMONT, CA PERMIT NO. 147 A COMMITTED COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE THE BASICS OF LIFE, FOOD, FRIENDSHIP AND ENHANCED MOBILITY TO FRAIL, TRI-CITY SENIORS. A HEARTFELT SHARING OF TIME TO ENABLE ALL, REGARDLESS OF AGE, A HEALTHY, INDEPENDENT LIFE. LIFE ElderCare 3300 Capitol Avenue Fremont, CA 94538 510-574-2090 LIFELINES ANNUAL REPORT ISSUE Judy Zlatnik, President Linette Young, Vice President Janice Cook, Treasurer Mary Anderson, Secretary Kim Agasaveeran Janice Futch-Claridge Dr. Dianne Martin Lily Shih LIFE ElderCare Board of Directors