Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tuolumne County Commission on Aging Post "Jots and Thoughts" / Senior Expo And Calendar 2011

Welcome to the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging blog: it’s our ongoing effort that we hope will 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.
Marge Depew gets married...

On May 7, 2011, in front of a slew of friends and family (especially family!), Commissioner Marge Depew was married to Gary Warner, and thereby became Marge Warner.  Sonora’s St. Patrick's Church was the locale.  The bride was resplendent in ivory and was given away by her oldest son Jim.  The groom was tall and handsome.  Dick Southern was best man.
Father Kraft presided and used an unusual but crowd-pleasing technique of turning the bride and groom around to face the throng of well-wishers.  After the ceremony, the wedding party proceeded on to Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Tuolumne for the reception, and a rollicking good time was had by all.  Congratulations Marge!

“Jots & Thoughts”
by editor Roberta Goodwin, email me at:

From Cathie Peacock: Full swing preparation for fire season
Residents of Tuolumne County should be in full swing preparation for fire season.  Besides yard clearance, another aspect always to check is the smoke detectors/alarms.  If seniors need smoke detectors or smoke alarms checked, batteries replaced or in need of detectors or alarms, please contact (retired Sonora Fire Chief Mike Mandell at 586-1180.  He will call you back to determine a best plan to fit your needs, and make necessary checks and installments (free).  In addition, if anyone would like to donate to this program, he can give you the proper information.

From Kathleen Rustrum in a COA meeting 5/09/11

Helping Hands Volunteer Storm Clean Up Group!!! 
Do you have downed trees and woody debris from this year's winter storms; and are you in need of help to clean it up? An eclectic group of organizations and volunteers are banding together in order to offer assistance to the elderly, disabled, and low income individuals/families who continue to struggle with storm-related yard debris cleanup at their primary place of residence in Tuolumne County. Local Assistance Centers will be open at the following places, dates and times for those folks interested in filling out an application or for those who may have questions about this volunteer effort.
§         Friday, May 13th Sonora Senior Center (next to Main Library on Greenley Rd); 11am-2pm
§         Saturday, May 14th Mi Wuk Fire Department noon-7pm or Groveland Little House 12noon-4 pm
§         Monday, May 16th Mi Wuk Fire Department, Mi Wuk; 12noon-7pm
§         Tuesday, May 17th Mi Wuk Fire Department, Mi Wuk; 12noon-7 pm
§         Wednesday, May 18th Tuolumne Memorial Hall, Tuolumne; 12noon-7 pm
§         Thursday, May 19th Sonora Senior Center (next to Main Library on Greenley Rd); 11am-2 pm
§         Friday, May 20th Sonora Senior Center (next to Main Library on Greenley Rd); 11am-2 pm
 §       Saturday, May 21st Mi Wuk Fire Department, Mi Wuk; 12 noon - 7 pm
or Groveland Little House 12noon-4 pm
For people primarily interested in filling out and dropping off an application, you may drop by Area 12 Agency on Aging located on Standard Road in East Sonora, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4 pm beginning on May 9, 2011. Last day to pick up or drop off an application for assistance at this location is Friday, May 20, 2011. The clean up of storm debris will begin in June for those applicants who qualify. Pre-registration at one of the above Local Assistance Centers is required. For more information please call Area 12 Agency on Aging @ 532-6272. More volunteers are needed! If you are interested in lending a hand to this extraordinary County-wide volunteer effort, please call Catholic Charities: @ 532-7632 or Kristin Millhoff @ 532-6272 at Area 12 Agency on Aging.
Did you know?
Year of the Family Caregiver: 2011 has been designated as Year of the Family Caregiver by the U.S. Administration on Aging in honor of the 10th anniversary of the federal National Family Caregiver Support Program.
Interfaith has a wood donation program.
  Their crews can come and cut it, load it and haul it off as long as the tree is on the ground and “easily accessible”.  They give it away in August to their low-income and no-income clients to heat their houses the following winter.  To donate your tree or wood, call Cathie Peacock or Barbara Woodward at Interfaith 532-0905.  And to sign up for the program to receive ½ cord free firewood, call Interfaith in August.
Area 12 Agency on Aging
... offers a “Minor Home Repair” program “designed to assist seniors over 60 who have home repair problems they cannot resolve which threaten health & safety”.
Call 532-6272 for more information or go to:
Also, you can view their website at: or email them at:
Tuolumne County Commission on Aging... encourages and welcomes not only visitors to our meetings but we always have 2 or 3 vacancies at any given moment, and we always welcome any interested parties to apply.  Attendance at our meetings is a prerequisite, so please come to our meetings and see what we’re about!

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, baby boomers, family, caregivers, and all interested parties. For more information, go to the website:

Features and typical booths: 
*      Senior Idol contest! DO YOU SING OR DANCE?
*      Medical: blood draw 9AM-2 PM (nominal fee)
*      Caregivers: information / options
*      Finance/Insurance
* Legal
FOOD will be available

Hosted by:  The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging and
Sierra Senior Providers (Meals on Wheels)

Co-sponsored by: Black Oak Casino *Ray Suess Insurance*
Blue Mountain Minerals* JS West* Doug Wagner CPA*
Bob’s Greenley Pharmacy

Reminder: Stay updated on the latest info at:

Senior Volunteer of the Year Ceremony
Written by Cathie Peacock, Tuolumne County Commission on Aging
The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging will be hosting a recognition and award event for senior volunteers serving in and around Tuolumne County.  This event will take place June 22, 2011 (Wednesday), 11AM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 4th Floor, 2 Green Street, Sonora.  Anyone wishing to recognize and nominate a senior should complete a Senior Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form and submit it by June 10th.  Nominees must be residents of Tuolumne County; be 60 years of age or older, and NOT members of the Commission on Aging.
Nomination forms may be obtained from the Senior Center on Greenly Rd; Area 12 Agency on Aging offices on Standard Rd in east Sonora; Senior Lounge in downtown Sonora; the Little House in Groveland; UpCountry Senior Center in Sugar Pine.  All nominations must include a follow up telephone number for verification of submitted information. To request applications, or for any additional information, contact Cathie Peacock at 586-4802.

Centenarian Society Event
The Tuolumne County’s Commission on Aging is seeking information on local centenarians, those who have reached or surpassed the age of 100 years.  A special recognition and honoring event is planned for Wednesday, October 19th, 11AM, at the Senior Center on Greenly Rd., in Sonora.  The Commission on Aging is asking eligible individuals’ family members, friends, churches, residential care and skilled nursing facilities to submit names.
In addition, anyone who has reached the ages of 96, 97, 98, and 99 yrs will be honored as well, in recognition of their status in Tuolumne County’s Centenarian University of Life. Those who are aged 96 years are freshman, 97 years are sophomores, 98 years are juniors, and 99 years are seniors.  Upon reaching the age of 100 years, those individuals will be inducted into the Centenarian Society of Tuolumne County.  Their name will be placed on the Centenarian Society wall plaque at the Senior Center on Greenly Rd.  Each name submitted will receive a personal invitation, including their families, and a certificate of recognition of their status in our communities.  The Senior Center will provide lunch free to the honorees, and $3.50 to all others, to be served by community leaders and Commission on Aging members.
For additional information or to submit names, contact Cathie Peacock at 586-4802 or JoAnn Rascon at 588-9004.

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.

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

***2011 Speakers’ schedule***
(to inform the commissioners on senior related issues.)
>June - John Gray
>August - Kathy Toepel
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

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Friends and Neighbors website go here: 

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

Blog Editor: Roberta Goodwin
What thoughts have YOU?  Email them to me at: aging2010@gmail.comRoberta


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