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Do you have a spinal cord injury,  live in Northern California, and need assistance obtaining masks, hand sanitizers, gl...
06/03/2020
NorCal SCI's free Personal Safety Kit offers critical medical supplies during pandemic — Northern California Spinal Cord Network

Do you have a spinal cord injury, live in Northern California, and need assistance obtaining masks, hand sanitizers, gloves, or need money for food? if yes, see article below.

NorCal SCI's Free Personal Safety Kit Offers Critical Medical Supplies During Pandemic

https://norcalsci.org/news/2020/5/25/safety-kit

With critical medical supplies such as gloves, sanitizers and masks in short supply and high demand, three non-profit organizations helped fund NorCal SCI’s COVID-19 response initiative to make masks, sanitizers and gloves available FREE to those with spinal cord injuries in need. The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, United Spinal Association and Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living combined to provide us with $10,000 to support our COVID-19 response and we now encourage you to tap into our resources.

The program offers two levels of free resources to the SCI community in Northern California only:

Our first program is designed to award gift cards of $100 used for purchase of food to 50 individuals facing financial challenges in life due to a reduction of income they or their family depends on. This may include loss of income/job of the breadwinner of the household.
For the second program, we are acutely aware of everyone’s concerns about their personal health and safety during these unsettling times. With masks, sanitizers, gloves and many other supplies in short supply, we have developed a Personal Safety Kit containing 5 KN95 masks, 20 protective masks, an 8-oz. bottle of isopropyl alcohol 80% and a box of 100 gloves. We will be sending 100 of these packages to those who are at the risk of running low or having difficulty obtaining these critical supplies.

To apply for either of these programs, you must send an e-mail to [email protected] with the following information:

In the subject line of your e-mail, indicate either $100 Gift Card OR Personal Safety Kit (you may only request one program so that we can help as many people as possible)

First & last name of person with SCI

Mailing address

Phone #

Injury type and level

Date of injury

Date of birth

Size of gloves you’d like (state your preference between latex or nitrile gloves)

In one paragraph, please tell us why you need the assistance.

We will not seek income verification and will process your request on an honor system with the hope of serving only those with a real need.

Contact NorCal SCI at [email protected]

With critical medical supplies such as gloves, sanitizers and masks in short supply and high demand, three non-profit organizations helped fund NorCal SCI’s COVID-19 response initiative to make masks, sanitizers and gloves available FREE to those with spinal cord injuries in need. The Craig H. Nei...

Checking-In on Community While California is slowly opening back up, it’s important that we all follow continued guidanc...
06/03/2020

Checking-In on Community

While California is slowly opening back up, it’s important that we all follow continued guidance from the California Department of Public Health regarding physical distancing. We also encourage everyone to continue checking in with those who are staying at home, ensuring that everyone’s needs are met. The StayHome.SaveLives.CheckIn. campaign webpage offers several resources to assist you and those in your lives to stay connected, engaged, and healthy. We’ve compiled many of our COVID-19 resources for older adults and adults with disabilities into one slide deck here: https://aging.ca.gov/download.ashx?lE0rcNUV0zZmvYnzPm3mLw%3d%3d

Checking-In Partner Update: Listos California

Listos California and partners continue check-in with older adults to prevent loneliness and isolation. They’ve also been working hard to ensure that Californians have food, water, and other support to stay safe and healthy during COVID-19. The teams have been distributing life-saving information to ensure everyone is prepared for future emergencies like wildfires or earthquakes. Download safety tips for public health emergencies like COVID-19 here:http://www.valleyvision.org/wp-content/uploads/Tips-For-Public-Health-Emergencies-Eng.pdf

Partner Check-In: Friendship Line California

Did you see that Friendship Line was featured on PBS? You can read the article here: https://www.nextavenue.org/phone-calls-outreach-lines-pandemic/
The Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line California is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older and adults living with disabilities. The line is staffed by trained volunteers who specialize in offering a caring ear, having a friendly conversation, and, when needed, addressing depression in older adults. If you, or a loved one, could benefit from a friendly conversation, 1-888-670-1360 is ready.

The Master Plan for Aging: Get EngAGEd!

The Master Plan for Aging has resumed activities after taking a two month pause, which allowed CDA and stakeholders to fully focus on rapid COVID-19 response efforts.

The first Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting took place yesterday, 5/28. Transcripts and meeting materials, including the Long-Term Services and Supports Subcommittee Report can be found here: https://www.chhs.ca.gov/home/master-plan-for-aging/#may-28-2020

To learn more about the Master Plan for Aging and ways that you can get engaged in this statewide planning effort for all Californians, please visit EngageCA.org.

June is LGBTQ Pride Month!

Resources and services tailored specifically to meet the needs of LGBTQ older adults are out there. Below, we share just a few. If you’d like to share your favorite resources, please email them to [email protected].

-National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
SAGE's National LGBT Elder Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can request to speak with someone in English or Spanish: 877-360-LGBT.

-Human Rights Campaign publication: COVID-19 and LGBTQ Older People

-Lavender Seniors of East Bay
Center for Positive Aging: Resources for Older LGBT Persons

-You can visit Open House to sign up for their three-hour LGBTQ Aging Cultural Humility Training

06/02/2020

From Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services…

Last night’s rioting/looting has left many/most pharmacies in the area out of business today. This has caused many individuals in our community, including our clients, scrambling to find pharmacies to get their needed medications. The few pharmacies that are open are overwhelmed and wait times on their phones are very long. We have not been able to get through to all pharmacies (we have been on hold for over 40 minutes at a single pharmacy at times) but we do have a list of some that are open today and some that hope to open in 1-2 days as long as their stores are not vandalized again today.


Currently open:

Midtown Pharmacy
Harbor Bay PKWY – Alameda
Delivery only, shortened hours.

Safeway 0676
1500 Solano Ave
Albany, Ca 94706

Safeway 0691
1444 Shattuck Place
Berkeley, Ca 94709

Safeway 0768
20629 Redwood Rd
Castro Valley, Ca 94546

Safeway 0908
3550 Fruitvale Ave
Oakland, Ca 94602

Safeway 0951
867 Island Dr
Alameda, Ca 94502

Safeway 0971
22280 Foothill Blvd
Hayward, Ca 94541

Safeway 0993
3902 Washington Blvd
Fremont, Ca 94538

Safeway 1197
1790 Decoto Rd
Union City, Ca 94587

Safeway 1257
4495 First St
Livermore, Ca 94550

Safeway 1931
46848 Mission Blvd
Fremont, Ca 94539

Safeway 1932
4440 Tassajara Rd
Dublin, Ca 94568

Safeway 1953
7499 Dublin Blvd
Dublin, Ca 94568

Safeway 2708
2227 S Shore Center
Alameda, Ca 94501

Safeway 2856
6790 Bernal Ave
Pleasanton, Ca 94566

Safeway 2870
6310 College Blvd
Oakland, Ca 94618

Safeway 3125
3889 San Pablo Ave
Emeryville, Ca 94608

Safeway3132
5100 Broadway
Oakland, Ca 94611

Safeway 3281
501 Willie Stargell Ave
Alameda, Ca 94501


CVS # 09494
35080 Newark BLVD
Newark, CA 94560

Also available to our needs is a Safeway specialty mail order pharmacy.
They deliver via 2nd day air, unless it is a refrigerated item then it will be over night.
Albertsons/Safeway 4705
12874 E Florence Ave
Santa Fe Springs, Ca 90670
P 800.834-8778
F 888-834-4333


Those hoping to open tomorrow:

Wellspring Pharmacy
Piedmont

Access Pharmacy
Fruitvale Ave

Clayworth Pharmacy
Lake Cabot Road – Castro Valley

Closed:
Most every CVS pharmacy in Emeryville, Oakland, Hayward, San Leandro, Fremont, and Castro Valley (that we are aware of).

06/02/2020
FREMONTAdults 60 years of age and older are among the most vulnerable when disaster strikes. That’s why it’s critical th...
06/02/2020

FREMONT

Adults 60 years of age and older are among the most vulnerable when disaster strikes. That’s why it’s critical that adults 60+, and those who care for them, take steps to be better prepared for times like now. Be prepared when the next natural disaster strikes.

Attend this Zoom online workshop that will help you follow through with 4 Emergency Preparedness Steps. Be more prepared!

Together we are a strong community!

Class: 4 Steps to Emergency Preparedness Online Class
Date: Monday, June 22, 2020
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

To register: send an email to Nick Jordan at [email protected] with your name and interest in this class or call Nick at 510/790-6602 and leave your name, telephone number, and email address.

06/02/2020
InformaGente -- El actor Nicholas Gonzalez + Dr. Gil Chavez hablan sobre salud pública (ES)

Listos California Launches New Latino-Focused Series – “InformaGente” – to Leverage the Power of Celebrity Voices to Foster COVID-19 Awareness and Emergency Preparedness

Nicholas Gonzalez (The Good Doctor) and Melissa Barrerra (Vida and In The Heights) lead first two conversations; series partners include the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and the League of United Latin American Citizens

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 28, 2020) — Listos California, a statewide disaster preparedness campaign anchored in the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in partnership with two leading national Latino organizations, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), announced the launch of InformaGente, a new online conversation series to foster a culture of emergency readiness among Latinx communities.

The first InformaGente conversation features actor Nicholas Gonzalez, star of ABC’s The Good Doctor, and Dr. Gil Chavez, Senior Advisor to the Director of the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Chavez and Mr. Gonzalez discussed issues related to COVID-19 from hand washing and physical distancing, to concerns about visiting a doctor due to immigration status.

The second InformaGente conversation – to be released this week – features actress Melissa Barrera, star of the upcoming film In the Heights, the film adaptation of the Tony-award winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Monica Vargas from Cal OES. Their conversation will focus on California’s upcoming wildfire season and the 5 steps to prepare for major disasters.

“InformaGente will unite celebrity talent with state and local leaders in order to connect our Latino community with critical information on COVID-19 and how to prepare for other emergencies like wildfire and earthquake. As frontline workers who often face challenges with issues like access to healthcare or serious concerns about immigration status, our goal is to deliver critical facts and messages that our community needs to hear,” said Listos California Co-Chair Justin Knighten. “Through engaging conversations, we hope to provide lifesaving information to our Latino community, who as essential workers are bearing the brunt of COVID-19. Listos California has their back and the tools to help keep their families and neighbors safe.”

The series will include topics of high importance to Latinx communities, such as health and wellness support and resources for farmworker communities, with the main objective of promoting healthy practices and greater preparedness against future emergencies like wildfires, earthquakes and floods.

"NHFA, co-founded by actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Merel Julia and myself, is so thankful for our celebrity partners, who have rallied to participate in the InformaGente conversation series. We are proud to be part of a program directing timely and critical information to the Latino community, which has been amongst the hardest hit both physically and financially by COVID-19,” said Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the foundation. “NHFA, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Listos California campaign and LULAC have come together to reach millions of Californians and provide helpful information related to health and safety issues created by the pandemic and natural disasters, which can happen at any time.”

Sindy Marisol Benavides, LULAC Chief Executive Officer, is also leveraging the vast network of LULAC to deliver messages from the series. “LULAC, the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the country, has been working tirelessly to address the many inequities facing the Latino community across the nation and Puerto Rico for over ninety years. The Coronavirus is disproportionately hitting Latinos through loss of lives and loss of jobs across the nation which will have long-term impact. InformaGente is a major initiative being implemented with Listos California and NHFA to address a range of topics of immediate importance and concern to our Latino community in California.”

The series will live on Listos California’s social media channels and be shared by partners and featured guests.

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ABOUT LISTOS CALIFORNIA
The Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign is an effort based on an investment of public funds by Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, to ready our most vulnerable populations for disasters like wildfires, earthquakes and floods, and now public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. before disasters strike. The campaign – which is led by co-chairs Karen Baker and Justin Knighten – is anchored at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

ABOUT NATIONAL HISPANIC FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
NHFA was co-founded by Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Merel Julia and Felix Sanchez to promote Latinos both in front of and behind the camera. Since 1997, the Foundation has provided scholarships, outreach and adjunct programs to more than 500 Hispanic students pursuing graduate degrees in the arts in excess of $5 million dollars.

ABOUT LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN4yV1Tf_X8&feature=youtu.be

Listos California, en asociación con La Liga de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos (LULAC, por sus siglas en inglés) y el National Hispanic Foundation for th...

This is a complied list of resources inspired by the United States Attorney's office to support our communities. Please ...
06/01/2020

This is a complied list of resources inspired by the United States Attorney's office to support our communities. Please review and share so that together, we can stop elder abuse. Visit ncea.acl.gov for more information and resources.

Upcoming Programming from the Alzheimer's AssociationFriday June 12th, 2020 12pm-1pm
06/01/2020

Upcoming Programming from the Alzheimer's Association
Friday June 12th, 2020
12pm-1pm

Rep. Swalwell's district covers Southern Alameda Co. This is a great opportunity for folks to hear directly from the Dir...
05/29/2020

Rep. Swalwell's district covers Southern Alameda Co.

This is a great opportunity for folks to hear directly from the Director of the California Department of Aging and to ask her questions about the Governor's proposed cuts to CBAS, MSSP, IHSS, CRCs and other programs that seniors rely on.

Folks will need to pre-register to participate.

The Alzheimer's Association is hosting a Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 and its impact on people facing Alzheimer's and all other dementia, with special guests Congressman Eric Swalwell and Kim McCoy Wade, Director of the California Department of Aging. I hope you can join us!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Free. Please register here to receive your personalized link to participate:
https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/uwjruueb

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create additional challenges for people living with dementia, their families and caregivers. These challenges are particularly being felt in long-term care settings, which have not received the same response and resources as hospitals and acute care settings, even though 35% of COVID-19 deaths have come from long-term care communities. But those living in the community are also facing unique challenges, as adult day care and in-home care arrangements have been disrupted and are now threatened with state budget cuts.

The Governor's proposed cuts include the reduction of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) service, significant cuts to California’s Department of Aging, cuts to the Caregiver Resource Centers, the wholesale elimination of the multipurpose senior services program (MSSP) and, most disappointingly, the unconscionable elimination of community-based adult services (CBAS), also known as adult day health care. This service in particular is a bedrock program in the continuum of care that individuals with dementia depend on. You can read the Association's response to the Governor's proposed cuts here and click here to take action.

With all the uncertainty during this pandemic, we are grateful that Congressman Swalwell and Director McCoy Wade are at the forefront of efforts to protect those living with Alzheimer's and all other dementia, as well as other vulnerable populations.

AGENDA:

Congressman Eric Swalwell will share what the federal government is doing to keep the most vulnerable safe from COVID-19.

Kim McCoy Wade, Director of the California Department of Aging, will provide an update on the state's response to COVID-19 and, specifically, what is being done to protect those living with Alzheimer's and all other dementia.
Claire Day, Alzheimer's Association Program Director, will share helpful tips and resources for dementia caregivers, whether their loved ones are at home or in a facility, and will describe the Association's new policy recommendations to improve the response to COVID-19 in long-term care settings.

Q&A - Participants will be able to submit questions for the speakers in real time.

Please register here to receive your personalized link to participate:
https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/uwjruueb

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333 Hegenberger RD STE 850
Oakland, CA
94621

We are located a short bus ride from the Coliseum BART station in Oakland. You can take the line 73 or 98 and exit at Edgewater. Our building is the 8 story building.

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