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Sourcewise Awards $2.7 Million to Support Santa Clara County’s Most Vulnerable

Sourcewise announces $2.7 million in grants to local non-profit organizations that provide services to vulnerable Santa Clara County community members: low-income seniors; persons with disabilities; and their caregivers.

Twenty-two grants were awarded in the areas of Adult Day Care/Health, Case Management, Legal Assistance, Transportation, Nutrition, Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, Elder Abuse Prevention, and the Ombudsman Program. This marks year 44 of the grant program, which focuses on a streamlined approach to service and support systems.

“At Sourcewise, we work with our grantees to maintain and enhance services that are critical to the lives of our client demographic— a rapidly growing group which is projected to account for 25% of our county’s population by 2030,” explains Stephen Schmoll, Chief Executive Officer of Sourcewise.

The Sourcewise 2016–2020 Area Plan on Aging highlights priorities for the next four years, based on a comprehensive needs assessment. Sourcewise lists 2017-2018 grantees and makes the Area Plan available to the public on the Sourcewise website: www.mysourcewise.com.

“We are confident that the 2017–2018 Sourcewise grantees will help strengthen and support quality of life in our community by providing access to services that support independent living.” said Manuel Altamirano, Chief Operating Office of Sourcewise.

Sourcewise is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is primarily funded through federal support by the Older American’s Act. The Sourcewise mission is to provide adults and their caregivers the tools and services they need to effectively navigate their health and life options.

Support the programs of Sourcewise with an online donation: www.mysourcewise.com/commitment.

Caregivers Can Reduce Anxiety

The senior population in the U.S is rapidly increasing—a trend referred to as a silver tsunami. According to a recent article in www.servingseniors.org, 40 million Americans are over the age of 65. By 2030, the senior population in the U.S. is expected to double to 91 million, with 11 million seniors residing in California.

As a result of our rapidly expanding senior population, more family members are cast into a new role: caregiver for an aging parent, spouse, or relative.

Caregiving is challenging and may require additional skills to successfully balance the needs of the person requiring care with those of the caregiver.

Caregivers can reduce anxiety by preparing themselves.

  • Learn as much as you can about your family member’s illness or disability. Educating yourself may reduce your anxiety about your new role and increase your effectiveness as a caregiver.
  • Seek out other caregivers by participating in a support group. Caregivers often find comfort in giving and receiving support from others in similar situation. Interacting with others helps to reduce isolation and build confidence in caregiving techniques.
  • Encourage your loved one’s independence. Caregiving does not mean doing everything for your loved one. Discuss strategies to strengthen independence and self-sufficiency when possible.
  • Plan in Advance. Discuss a plan of action for situations including power-of-attorney and advanced health care directives.

Equipped with the right resources and support, even those new to this crucial role can become a skillful, loving caregiver. Effective balance and knowledge of available resources are the keys to success. Sourcewise Community Resource Specialists can offer more information on caregiver support: (408) 350-3200, option 1.

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Sourcewise awards 2.7 million in grants to help support Santa Clara County’s most vulnerable

San Jose, August 10, 2017: Sourcewise announces 2.7 million in grants to local non-profit organizations that provide services to vulnerable Santa Clara County community members: low-income seniors, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers.

Twenty-two grants are being awarded in the areas of Adult Day Care/Health, Case Management, Legal Assistance, Transportation, Nutrition, Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, Elder Abuse Prevention, and the Ombudsman Program. This marks year 44of the grant program, which focuses on a streamlined approach to service and support systems.

“At Sourcewise, we work with our grantees to maintain and enhance services that are critical to the lives of our client demographic—a rapidly growing group which is projected to account for 25% of our county’s population by 2030,” explains Stephen Schmoll, Chief Executive Officer of Sourcewise.

In a recent comprehensive needs assessment, The Sourcewise 2016-2020 Area Plan on Aging, the organization highlights its priorities for the next four years:

  1. Services associated to access of transportation; health services; case management
  2. In-Home Support Services
  3. Legal Services
  4. Low income seniors, including those falling below the federal poverty line, as well as those above the federal poverty line but below the Elder Economic Security Standard Index
  5. Older, primarily minority individuals with limited English-speaking abilities
  6. Frail or Isolated older adults
  7. Informal (unpaid) caregivers for older adults
  8. Seniors experiencing abuse

“We are confident that the 2017-18 Sourcewise grantees will help strengthen and support quality of life in our community by providing access to services that support independent living,” said Manuel Altamirano.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Grantees:

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc.
Avenidas
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Community Services Agency of Mountain View
Live Oak Adult Day
Respite & Research for Alzheimer's Disease
Santa Clara County
Senior Adults Legal Assistance
The Health Trust
Yu-Ai Kai

About Sourcewise:

Sourcewise is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is primarily funded through federal support by the Older American’s Act. The Sourcewise mission is to provide adults and their caregivers the tools and services they need to effectively navigate their health and life options. Through a comprehensive network of resources, Sourcewise strives to educate, prepare, support, and advocate for all adults, their families, and their caregivers within Santa Clara County. Direct programs and services include: Information & Awareness, Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy, Meals On Wheels, Senior Employment Services, Care Management, and Public Authority Services by Sourcewise.

If you are interested in learning more about Sourcewise or any of its services visit www.mysourcewise.com or call (408) 350-3200. To support the programs of Sourcewise, you may donate online at www.mysourcewise.com/commitment.

We welcome the re-use, republication, and distribution of Sourcewise content. Please credit us with the following information: Used with the permission of http://www.mysourcewise.com.

Free transportation for seniors with Sourcewise

Published by Morgan Hill Times July 12, 2017

By Staff report

Seniors in South County have a new way of getting around with the launch of Sourcewise’s “Sourcewise Transit Service,” a free transportation service that will provide connections to the senior centers in Morgan Hill and Gilroy.

According to Sourcewsie, there are an estimated 11,574 South County residents who are aged 65 and older. Sourcewise Transit Service operates Monday through Friday in San Martin, Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

At the heart of the Sourcewise Transit Service is a 2017 Starcraft Bus, with installed wheelchair lift capacity built by American with Disabilities Act industry specialists. Sourcewise provides door-to-door transportation service, to and from senior centers, and accepts unlimited transportation requests from seniors, according to the press release.

The transportation concept was developed in 2016 after Sourcewise hosted a public hearing in Gilroy to present its 2016-2020 Area Plan on Aging—a needs assessment conducted in Santa Clara County every four years. The need for better transportation to local senior centers was a common thread among the feedback received from both Gilroy and Morgan Hill senior residents.

Based largely on the voices of the community, Sourcewise began piloting its transportation service called “Speedy Shuttle.” The pilot quickly became a highly-demanded service, providing 562 one-way rides in its first three months of operation. Sourcewise receives federal funding from the Older Americans Act of 1965, which was passed by Congress in response to concern about a lack of community social services for older persons.

With the added capacity of the transit service bus, the Sourcewise South County office is positioned to double its transportation service.

“Sourcewise strives to find innovative solutions that benefit our clients and support freedom of individual choice and independence,” said Manuel Altamirano, Chief Operating Officer of Sourcewise. “The Sourcewise Transit Service creates greater access for frail and isolated seniors who otherwise may not be able to leave their home.”

Future plans to expand the Sourcewise Transit Service include door-to-door rides for doctors’ appointments as well as new route extensions to Santa Teresa light rail, the connection to North Valley.

Sourcewise is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving seniors, families, and their caregivers in Santa Clara County for the past 43 years.

Anyone interested in learning more about Sourcewise programs and services can visit mysourcewise.com. For information on the Sourcewise Transit Service or to request a ride, call Sourcewise South County office: (408) 762-7362.

If anyone is interested in supporting the Sourcewise Transit Service, they may make a donation directly to Sourcewise, citing “Sourcewise Transit Service” in the memo line. All donations can be mailed to the Morgan Hill Office: 16340 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.

View Morgan Hill Times article here.

Sourcewise delivers 500 Farmers’ Market Nutrition Vouchers to eligible seniors in Santa Clara County

San Jose, July 17, 2017: Sourcewise distributed 500 voucher booklets to qualifying low income seniors in ta Clara County. The annual Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program began on June 12, 2017. Qualified Santa Clara County seniors received vouchers worth a total of $20.00 for the purchase of locally grown produce at participating Certified Farmers’ Markets.

The Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is a federal program that promotes healthy aging by helping seniors, ages 60 and older, who meet low-income eligibility requirements, supplementing their diets with fresh fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs while also supporting small, California farmers.

Participants receive nutritional information: tips on how to eat more vegetables, how to prepare and store vegetables, and how to shop at farmers’ markets to get the most from a limited budget.

“The ongoing partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture encourages health, wellness, and provides us with a unique opportunity to better serve the needs of seniors in Santa Clara County,” says Manuel Altamirano, Chief Operating Officer at Sourcewise.

To deliver this program to those who need it most, Sourcewise carefully selected and partnered with central distribution points throughout Santa Clara County.

Sourcewise 2017 Farmers’ Market Voucher Tour Schedule:

2017 Sourcewise Farmers' Market Tour Schedule
*All distribution points were within 2 miles of a farmers’ market.

“The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program impacted our site in a positive way, as many people came in to our [center] who may not have come if the vouchers were not distributed at our site. It was a great way to connect with new people to share our programs and resource,” said a senior/community center representative.

To learn more about the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, please visit www.mysourcewise.com. Sourcewise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with over 40 years of experience serving Santa Clara County residents.

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Aneliza Del Pinal
Director, Public Relations
(408) 557-4701
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Sourcewise Adds Transportation Options for Seniors in South County

San Jose, June 22, 2017: Sourcewise announces the release of “SourcewiseTransit Service,” a free transportation service that provides mobility options to seniors in South County. The Sourcewise Transit Service enhances transportation access for 11,574 South County residents who are aged 65 and older and in need of connections to Senior Centers in Morgan Hill and Gilroy.

Sourcewise Transit Service operates in the cities of San Martin, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill Monday–Friday. At the heart of the Sourcewise Transit Service is a 2017 Starcraft Bus, with installed wheelchair lift capacity built by American with Disabilities Act industry specialists. Sourcewise provides door-to-door transportation service, to and from Senior Centers, and accepts unlimited transportation requests from seniors.

The transportation concept developed in 2016 after Sourcewise hosted a public hearing in Gilroy to present its 2016-2020 Area Plan on Aging—a needs assessment conducted in Santa Clara County every four years. The need for better transportation to local Senior Centers was a common thread among the feedback received from both Gilroy and Morgan Hill senior residents. Based largely on the voices of the community, Sourcewise began piloting its transportation service — “speedy shuttle.” The pilot quickly became a highly-demanded service, providing 562 one-way rides in its first three months of operation.

With the added capacity of the transit service bus, the Sourcewise South County office is positioned to double its transportation service.

“Sourcewise strives to find innovative solutions that benefit our clients and support freedom of individual choice and independence. The Sourcewise Transit Service creates greater access for frail and isolated seniors who otherwise may not be able to leave their home,” explains Manuel Altamirano, Chief Operating Officer of Sourcewise.

Future plans to expand the Sourcewise Transit Service include door-to-door rides for doctors’ appointments as well as new route extensions to Santa Teresa light rail, the connection to North Valley.

Sourcewise is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving seniors, families, and their caregivers in Santa Clara County for the past 43 years.

If you are interested in learning more Sourcewise programs and services, visit www.mysourcewise.com or for information on the Sourcewise Transit Service, call Sourcewise South County office: (408) 762-7362.

Contact Info: Aneliza Del Pinal
                      Director, Public Relations
                      (408) 557-4701
                      adelpinal@mysourcewise.com

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Local Homebound Seniors Depend on Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels program of Sourcewise is one of 5,000 dedicated community-based services in the United States providing homebound seniors (60 years and older) access to nutritious meals, regardless of their economic status. 

Title III of the Older Americans Act (OAA) legislates the delivery of support services nationwide for local community-based providers, including Meals on Wheels. III ensures that older adults are provided services to maintain maximum independence; remove economic and social barriers; and receive a continuum of care to remain safely at home.

In fiscal year 2015– 2016, the Sourcewise Meals on Wheels program (MOW) provided 1,570 individuals with 678,000 nutritious meals— delivered right to their door. While the program focuses on providing nutritious meals to homebound seniors, MOW drivers also conduct a safety check and a friendly visit to ensure that the recipient is safe.

Diana L., a diabetic, has been making efforts to watch her diet and enjoys the two daily well-balanced meals she receives from MOW. She advised Sourcewise that her last doctor’s visit showed good results. Diana attributes this good news to MOW. While not specially designed for persons with diabetes or high-blood pressure, the meals are low in sodium and sugar content.

JoAnn G. advised that Meals on Wheels helped her when she was recently released from the hospital. Unable to cook for herself; not able to drive; and with no family nearby, JoAnn says her Meals on Wheels deliveries have been a God send.

Thirty-nine congregate meal sites (often at senior centers) exist in Santa Clara County; providing seniors an opportunity to enjoy a hot meal and socialize. Santa Clara Senior Center and others offer hot lunches for a small suggested contribution.

Sourcewise also supports Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition Program, The Health Trust, and Yu-Ai-Kai to provide nutrition options for seniors.

Learn about meal options from a Sourcewise Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.

Diane Finds Work Through Sourcewise Senior Employment Services

Diane De Dominicis (64) was happy to participate in Senior Employment Services of Sourcewise from April 16, 2015–May 15, 2017. Through the program, Diane had an opportunity for on-the-job training at Second Harvest Food Bank and Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC).

Diane is now employed directly by SVILC as an administrative assistant, and states, “I thoroughly enjoyed working in Sourcewise Senior Employment Services. It was great to get out and meet so many supportive people helping me along— and the best part is I got a job!”

“Diane has always performed her assigned duties in a very thorough and accurate manner. That [behavior] led to the ultimate program goal— [when] a host training agency recognizes a valued participant’s performance and offers [the participant] a full-time job at their organization,” states Henri Villalovoz, Director of Senior Employment Services.

Sourcewise Senior Employment Services provides assistance to low-income, unemployed individuals, aged 55+ to develop contemporary job skills and build self-confidence, while earning a modest income. The program’s goal is to facilitate a transition to permanent, unsubsidized employment opportunities.

Sourcewise is able to provide employment services through important partnerships with local organizations, including, but not limited to: Respite and Research for Alzheimer’s disease; Heart of the Valley Services for Seniors; and Catholic Charities John XXIII Multiservice Center.

Qualified participants of Senior Employment Services may receive valuable benefits, including: training compensation; assistance to create or update a resume; transportation assistance (VTA bus passes); general physical exams; eyeglasses; and access to other resources to facilitate candidates with training and job placement.

To learn more about the Sourcewise Senior Employment Services, call: (408) 350-3200, option 5.

Hidden Sugar in the Foods We Eat

Did you know that a ¼ cup serving of fresh cranberries has only 4 grams of sugar; but, the same amount of dried cranberries has 29 grams? Americans seeking healthy diets may be surprised at high amounts of sugar in supposedly healthy foods. Cereal; salad dressings; marinades and sauces; even flavored yogurt commonly include hidden sugars.

Fruit cups often contain high fructose corn syrup, packing up to 30 grams of sugar. Barbequed chicken offers a low-fat alternative to fried chicken. However, using a bottled marinade may diminish health benefits; as sugar comprises 80% of the calories in store-bought marinades.

Products labeled as ‘low fat’ or ‘low calorie’ often contain high amounts of sugar. Read labels to be aware of sugars in foods and beverages, and look for ingredients such as: cane, syrup, sweetener, and words ending in ‘ose’ (e.g. sucrose, fructose, dextrose, etc.)

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) required changes to product labels (updating daily values, serving sizes, and nutrition facts) to better inform consumers about packaged foods and to facilitate healthier choices when grocery shopping.

For sustained energy, choose high protein foods with zero to less than 1 gram of sugar per serving, including: meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, legumes, and tofu.

The USDA recommends less than 10% of daily calories (12–13 teaspoons daily) should originate from added dietary sugars. Keep track of caloric consumption, sugar, fat, and monitor weight loss goals and physical activity with Supertracker, available online at: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/.

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