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East Bay Regional Parks Open

Some of the East Bay Regional Parks are open, with social distancing restrictions.  Also water fountains and restrooms are closed.  The situation seem to change daily, so I would suggest visiting their website: https://www.ebparks.org/  I also noticed there is a Rattlesnake Advisory Warning in effect.

The website contains virtual tours, although you have to download and app for your phone.  You can find the videos in their Digital Learning Center, which also contains a number of videos.  The district maintains a Youtube channel, with these videos and more.  You can find it at: https://www.youtube.com/user/ebrpd94605.  You might want to pass along the URL to people who are home schooling.

 

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Meals on Wheels Is Still Delivering

Social distancing has temporarily suspended sit-down meals at all six C.C. Cafès.  While the cafès are temporarily shuttered, café guests and new participants can now receive a seven-day meal pack that includes a loaf of bread and milk. Orders are taken via phone and coordinated carefully for each site.  For those that are mobile, drive-up sites for pick-up are conveniently located in the cafè parking lots and where volunteer drivers can also pick them up for delivery to home-bound seniors. No volunteer will be allowed to deliver meals if they are showing any symptoms of cold or fever. Your meal will be delivered in a special bag to ensure that it remains free from germs. Volunteers have been provided with gloves and hand sanitizer. The driver will ring your bell or knock at the door and step at least six feet away while you come out and retrieve your meal. If you do not answer, they will call you, but if there is no answer, they cannot leave your meal.
The social aspect that seniors enjoy might be temporarily suspended, but the nutritional meals continue to be provided.

To order your 7 frozen meals please call 925-395-4218 by the Monday before.  For more information visit https://www.mowdiabloregion.org/

 

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May Activity Page

You board has been concerned about members who are in lock-down without an internet connection.  Working while maintaining social distancing, some volunteers on the board have put together a packet of puzzles, games, etc. to help keep them entertained.  These have been delivered to members without an internet address by the Walnut Creek Neighbor Express, the same volunteers that deliver groceries.

Because we have to print them out on a home printer and we don’t want to overtax the volunteers, these packets will only go to the people without an internet connection.  But you can download them here and enjoy them.  Here is the link: WCSC May Activity pages.

Stay strong.  You may be alone in your house, but you are surrounded by a caring community.

 

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Institute on Aging Friendship Line

Friendship Line — Toll Free 800-971-0016

 

The staff at the Walnut Creek Recreation that provide senior services, are always happy to talk to you.   They can arrange for grocery deliveries or Lyft rides.  But sometimes you may need more help than they can provide.  You can always turn to the Friendship Line.

The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls. Founded in 1973 by Dr. Patrick Arbore, Director of IOA’s Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention, and accredited by the American Association of Suicidology.

The Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. They also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults. While there are other organizations that respond to the needs of people who may be contemplating suicide, none provides the type of services that IOA’s Friendship Line offers to respond to the public health problem of suicide among the elderly. Knowing that older people do not contact traditional suicide prevention centers on a regular basis even if they are considering suicide, they created the only program nationwide that reaches out to lonely, depressed, isolated, frail and/or suicidal older adults. Trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed older adults.

Friendship Line provides round-the-clock crisis support services including:

  • Providing emotional support
  • Elder abuse reporting
  • Well-being checks
  • Grief support through assistance and reassurance
  • Active suicide intervention
  • Information and referrals for isolated older adults, and adults living with disabilities

In addition to receiving incoming calls, Friendship Line also offers outreach to eligible callers. They connect with people on a regular basis, and help monitor their physical and mental health concerns. The call-out services act as an intervention to prevent suicide in the long term by improving the quality of life and connectedness of isolated callers. Any aging adult or person living with disabilities, who suffers from depression, loneliness, isolation, anxiousness, or may be thinking about death or suicide, can benefit from completely confidential phone calls with Friendship Line volunteers.