Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuolumne County Commission on Aging Post: Catherine Driver / Senior Expo And Calendar 2011

Welcome to the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging blog: it’s our ongoing effort that we hope will be the first of many aimed to bring information to help and inform seniors in our county.

The commissioners, with their extensive and varied experience and expertise, are all volunteers and without exception are primarily concerned with doing whatever they can to improve the lives of our county’s seniors in and around the Motherlode.

Speaker April 11th, 2011

Catherine Driver appeared and spoke before the Commission at their general meeting last Monday April 11.   Ms. Driver is the Engagement Coordinator for the Mother Lode Office Catholic Charities – Diocese of Stockton, which is on Mono Way in Sonora, and she briefly covered all the programs that their organization sponsors.
Their main focus - as of Monday - was the free senior luncheon April 13th in six locations, two counties.

Acting Chair Carleton Penwell, Recording Secretary Charlotte Frazier and Commissioner Kathi Bramblett were especially impressed.  This observation comes from Carleton: “She gave a good 10-15 minute informational session and got her message out as per their programs and information.” Kathi said: “They are especially looking for volunteers for legal advocacy, ombudsmen and friendship line.”

Catholic Charities’ programs include:
The Mother Lode Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; Office of Legal Advocacy; Older Adults Outreach and Engagement Program; Home Share; Elder Awareness Conference at St. Patrick's Church (see longer description below) which is open to the public; please call the Catholic Charities office for tickets at 209-532-7632.

Elder Awareness Conference, 9am-4pm, May 4, St. Patrick's Parish Hall, downtown Sonora– more on this from the events section of Friends and Neighbors Magazine: Elder Awareness Conference, 9am-4pm, May 4, St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, downtown Sonora. Sponsored by Mother Lode Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, serving Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa and Alpine counties. Conference topics and speakers: Healthcare Reform, Jose Salazar of Tarazana Treatment Centers; Web Safety for Older Adults, Carol Power of Mother Lode Internet; Trusts and Wills, TirzahWoodward, attorney; Bankers Against Fraud of Older Adults, representatives of local banks; Alzheimer’s Update, Elizabeth Edgerly of Alzheimer’s Association; Scam Database, Tuolumne County Community Service Unit. Call to reserve a seat, $25 per person, 532-7632.

More news affecting seniors:  Sierra HouseCalls announces they are accepting new patients!  If you are homebound, over 60 years of age, and unable to drive or if you have family members or friends who are homebound, over 60, and can't drive anymore, call Tina at Sierra HouseCalls 209-532-4287 for more information, or if you have questions. 

From their website -
Sierra HouseCalls Medical Group is dedicated to caring for the needs of our greatest resource-the senior members of our communities. We are committed to working as a team with other organizations to help patients remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Sierra HouseCalls strongly believes that all patients have the right to compassionate and sensitive health care that considers the needs and desires of each individual.

Sonora physician Matt Personius started Sierra HouseCalls Medical Group in February 2003 with the goal of helping elderly and disabled individuals remain independent. Dr. Personius moved to Tuolumne County in 1997. He relocated to the area to take a position at a local hospital, where he recognized the growing need for home health care in the area.

Most seniors remember the days when physicians commonly made “house calls” and were able to observe the patient in their home environment. This relationship allowed physicians to better understand the social dynamics that impacted the overall health of their patients. Sierra HouseCalls Medical Group innovative medical practice combines “old fashioned” house calls, one-on-one doctor consultations and the newest technology all in the comfort of your home.

ANNOUNCING 2011 Senior Expo

The 2011 Senior Expo will be held May 25, 2011 from 9am to 2pm at the MOTHERLODE FAIRGROUNDS, John Muir Building.  The Expo features the opportunity for blood draws, a very popular Senior Idol contest, and many various for-profit and non-profit groups will present their senior-oriented services and wares.  In addition, many booths will be informational. This is a FREE event open to anyone, particularly seniors, family, caregivers, but also any and all interested parties. For more information, to become a sponsor, or to reserve your own booth (the deadline is April 30th!), please call the Senior Expo Coordinator: 209-532-1607 or go to the website:

Features and typical booths:
*      Senior Idol contest! DO YOU SING OR DANCE?
*      Finance/Insurance
*      Medical such as blood draw (nominal fee)
*      Caregivers information / options
*      FOOD - will be available 
Reminder: Stay updated on the latest info at:

Commission on Aging Events Calendar 2011
1)  Commission on Aging Executive Board meetings 1:00PM, 1st Monday each month, at the Senior Center
2)  Commission on Aging Public Relations committee meetings, 12:00PM, 1st Wednesday each month, at Interfaith
3)  Commission on Aging general meetings 1:30PM, 2nd Monday each month, at Area 12 Agency on Aging, Standard Rd., Conf. Room C
NOTE: the June 13th meeting will be in Groveland at The Little House.
All meetings start at 1:30PM.  All our meetings are open to the public. 
4)  May 25 – Senior Expo, Motherlode Fairgrounds, John Muir Building 9AM-2PM
5)  June 22 - Senior Volunteer of the Year Awards Ceremony 11AM at Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors' Chambers, 4th Floor, 2 Green St.  Sonora
6)  October 19 - Centenarian Awards Ceremony 11AM Senior Center Sonora

All COA meetings are open to the public. Please come and give us your ideas, concerns, and information regarding senior issues!
In future, we will be blogging with more information on matters of interest to county seniors so stay tuned!  And please feel free to let us know YOUR ideas for events or forums that you want to see! We actively solicit your comments.  You may contact the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging by email

To go to
Friends and Neighbors website go here: 

To go to the San Francisco Institute on Aging website, go here:

Blog Editor: Roberta Goodwin

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