5th Annual Silent Auction & Monte Carlo Event – Vintage Coventry – San Francisco

5th Annual Silent Auction & Monte Carlo Event

Vintage Coventry
1550 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA 94109
Thursday, September 17 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PMentrance

Please RSVP to (415)921-1552 by September 10th.


Join them for their Carnivale inspired Silent Auction. It will be a night of drinks, live music and fundraising. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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How to Create a Living Will

Though a sore topic for most, Living Wills also known as Advance Health Care Directives,Living Will
can be an important part of life and invaluable safety measure. If you or a loved one should unfortunately need help directing those around them as to what medical care needs are to be given in a difficult situation. Sometimes part of a Estate Plan or Trust, a Living Will can be a tricky subject for those who have never created one. Below we’ll focus on what a Living Will is, what should be included in the write up of one, how to create one and what do with it once it is completed.

What is a Living Will

Generally speaking, a Living Will is a document outlying the type of care (or lack thereof) that a person wishes to receive during a time of incapacitation. More specifically, a Living Will is a document that details specific care requirements that is handed out to family members, close friends, medical professionals and/or hospitals.

Unlike the common will, a Living Will is not documentation outlining what property is to be left to who and when or who is to be the new guardian for children. A Living Will is to be followed as the creator is still alive, not when one is deceased.

What a Living Will should contain

In order to ensure that your particular Living Will is complete, you’ll want to put any and all wishes regarding medical care, no matter how minute, into the document. This of course isn’t the most exciting task, but it is completely necessary and worth it in the long run. When detailing your Living Will, you’ll want to include any requests for life prolonging medical care, food and water requirements as well as any palliative care.

As far as life prolonging care is concerned, you’ll want to cover whether you’ll be interested in blood transfusions, diagnostic tests, administration of different types of drugs and if CPR should be preformed or not. As you can see, life prolonging care is a very personal decision and one that should be as detailed as possible to ensure that your wishes are followed correctly during every stage of care.

Creating your Living Will or Advance Health Care Directive

A lawyer is not needed in the creation of the Living Will or directive, though some people do choose to use one. This aspect is completely up to you and your personal preference. When creating a Living Will it is necessary to follow your home state’s form guidelines as each state has a different set of rules and forms. Generally you’ll be able to find the needed forms for free at local senior centers, some senior communities, from your doctor, the state’s medical association, a local hospital, local Hospice organization and from The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Once you received the form/s needed, your next step is to fill out all of the sections in detail. Then all you’ll need to do is sign the papers and have it either witnessed or notarized. Keep in mind that some states require Living Will to be both witnessed and notarized. As you can see the actual filling out of the form is fairly easy, the difficult part is all of the decisions that you need to make regarding what care is to be given.

What to do with your Living Will

Once your living will has been created and signed, you’ll want to take the proper measures to keeping it safe and in-tact. The best way to do this is to create several hard copies, as well as a few digital copies if you so please, that can be handed out to trusted individuals in your life. Usually, Living Wills are given out to various family members, a personal health care agent, one’s care facility or hospital and all current doctors.

An important thing to remember is that Living Wills, although they do provide guidelines wished upon by the person who wrote the document, can only be followed if your loved ones and professionals in your life know about them. This makes it very important that several copies are handed out so that directions will be followed correctly if you should become incapacitated.

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Passages on the Lake – The Lake Merritt – Oakland

September 2nd @ 7:45 pminterior
Passages on the Lake
The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar
Presented by The Lake Merritt – Oakland

This event is a sophisticated, spoken word showcase featuring the most talented storytellers, writers, and musicians in the Bay Area. Admission for this event is free. The program begins at 7:45pm. Enjoy dinner or cocktails with a stunning view of Lake Merritt while enjoying the very cutting edge of an old art form in a new medium. The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar is located in The Lake Merritt. They open for dinner at 5

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Conversations on The Lake – The Lake Merritt – Oakland

August 27th @ 3:30 pm
Conversations on The Lake Merritt – Oakland
Hospice: How Does it Work?

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It isn’t always easy to talk about hospice care, and there are quite a few misconceptions
about what it really is – but it is important. Hospice improves quality of life for seriously ill people and gives their families technical and emotional support. It is care when cure is no longer a possibility. Join Pathways Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty for a frank discussion about this invaluable service and the often-overlooked final stages of life.

Pathways Home Health is a community-based not-for-profit organization providing Bay Area families with the help they need to confidently and successful manager care at home.

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Save-the-Date – Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services


Save-the-Date – Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services

25th Annual Crab Dinner and Fundraiser!
Benefiting Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
Friday, January 29, 2016
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Centre Concord
5298 Clayton Road
Concord, CA 94521


A fun-filled evening with live music, dancing,live and silent auction!

Become a “King Crab, Queen Crab, or Jack Crab Sponsor” by hosting a table of 10 to support our programs and services. Click here for more information. They are also seeking unique auction items. Please consider donating items such as a vacation or luxury box for a sporting event!

For more details, please contact Carol Louisell, Director of Community Engagement, at clouisell@mowsos.org or 925-954-8736.

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Annual Rate-lock Promotion – Atria Valley View – Walnut Creek


Annual Rate-lock Promotion – Atria Valley View – Walnut Creek

Lock in your rental rate until 2017*
Sign a flexible, month-to-month lease by September 30, 2015, and lock in your rental rate with a no-increase guarantee until January 1, 2017.
Apartments are going fast, so call today. 877-243-8073

*Offer valid for move in by September 30, 2015, and subject to availability of apartment.

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Pasta Feed Fundraiser – Vintage Brush Creek – Santa Rosa

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Pasta Feed Fundraiser
To Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

Thursday, August 20th
From 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Vintage Brush Creek – Santa Rosa
4225 Wayvern Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Join them for a Pasta Feed and Fundraiser in support of their local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. Enjoy delicious chef-prepared pasta dishes in their beautiful dining room, or take yours with you to enjoy at home.

Suggested donation: $10 per person.
All Proceeds to Benefit The Alzheimer’s Association


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Gorgeous Grandmothers Day Fashion Show and Fundraiser – The Bayside Park

Gorgeous Grandmothers Day Fashion Show and Fundraiser

The Bayside Park baysidePark
Thursday, July 23
2 pm – 4 pm
1440 40th Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

Celebrate Gorgeous Grandmothers Day and help underserved local kids thrive. Watch as dozens of their own residents model Chico’s women’s fashions to raise money for a good cause. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and refreshments plus discounts on clothing and the chance to win great raffle prizes. Your suggested $5 donation benefits

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser – Meals on Wheels Senior Outreach Services

MealsPancake Breakfast to benefit their Fall Prevention Program – Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services

1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
925-937-8311 mowsos.org
Sunday, September 13th
8:30am – 10:30am
Pancake Tickets:
Ages 11 and up: $5
Children 4-10: $3
Children Under 4: Free

Raffle Tickets for a chance to win a $250 Macy’s Gift Card or gift baskets: $5 each or 5 for $20

Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor, Tim Flaherty, will be back again this year to flip pancakes for seniors!

Click here to purchase your tickets online!
Questions? Call Carol Louisell at 925-954-8736 or clouisell@mowsos.org

Their Fall Prevention Program is made possible in part through the generous support of John Muir Health and the Area Agency on Aging.

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What is Home Health Care

As we age, we’re more prone to illnesses and falls. Unlike during our younger years, a fallHealth Care Worker and Elderly Man or illness, no matter the severity, is more likely to need extended care and treatment. Though some opt for care from family and friends, sometimes doctors recommended a professional care provider. This type of care is known as home health care and is used as a method of keeping a patient out of the hospital or other similar facility for most or all of the duration of assigned care. Because home health care can be a bit confusing, we’ve complied a short summary of what home health care is, who provides it, what to expect during care and lastly, when care should begin.

What is home health care

Essentially, home health care covers a wide range of health care services that are given within the compounds and comforts of one’s own home. Home health care can be provided both after an injury as well as during an illness and is known as being the cheaper alternative to a hospital or skilled nursing facility stay. This type of care is also known as being just as effective as hospital and nursing facility care.

With the help of home health care, seniors are allowed to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible. With home health care, seniors receive help in regaining confidence, independence and self sufficiently all while recovering.

Who provides home health care

Unlike in-home care, where care can be provided by family members or friends, home health care is provided solely by skilled medical professionals that come straight to the home. These professionals include nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech therapists. Qualified home health aides can also provide non-medical care for those who have suffered a debilitating fall or are struggling due to a recent illness. This care usually includes assistance in bathing, dressing, eating, cooking, cleaning and other daily household chores and activities.

What to expect during home health care

Before care can begin, a doctor, whether it be your own family doctor, specialist or ER doctor, must give out medical orders describing what care is needed. Then a member of your chosen home health agency, hospital or public health department will schedule an appointment in your home. This appointment will be used to target the areas of medical care needed, how often it will be needed and length of care.

Once care has begun, the assigned staff member(s) will generally monitor your fluid intake and eating patterns and amounts, check your blood pressure, temperature, heart rate and breathing on a normal basis, check to make sure that all prescriptions and other drugs are taken as prescribed, make sure you’re not in any unexpected pain and help to teach you about your health care plan of action. If a therapist is needed, the therapist will follow a therapy schedule that has been agreed upon with the doctor who ordered the care.

When home health care should begin

The overall goal of home health care is to treat an existing illness or injury, meaning that care doesn’t start until after a fall or after an illness has been diagnosed. Generally, home health care should start right away so that a routine and treatment plan can be established before the condition worsens. This also helps to allow the medical professional to successfully monitor care from the very beginning to the end, whether that end be placement into a hospital or nursing facility or a full recovery to where outside care is no longer needed.

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