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Chess at Fair Oaks

Do you like chess? Are you 55 or older? We might have just what you are looking for! The Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center in Redwood City has a Chess Club. According to Karel van Delft, who gave a lecture at the 2015 London Chess Conference, chess is gymnastics for the mind. Our brains are muscles, and we must exercise them to keep them healthy. Those who play chess regularly stay mentally fit, thus delaying…

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Change a life, it only takes to listen

The Senior Peer Counseling training starts this week. For information about training, contact us at 650-403-4300 Ext. 4389 or via email. Isolation is more than being alone. It is the result of feeling detached physically, psychologically, or being disconnected from support groups or family. Prolonged social isolation can equal the health risks of smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to a report from the AARP Foundation. Here at Peninsula Family Service, we believe that nobody…

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Lend an ear and change a life

Senior Peer Counseling Open House If you have one hour a week, you can change a life. Many older adults in our community struggle everyday, finding it difficult to establish and maintain social connections that help them feel fulfilled. Here at Peninsula Family Service, we help older adults who are struggling to find that social connection improve their health and transform their lives. The Senior Peer Counseling Program provides FREE training and matches you with…

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Click, call or meet with 70 Strong!

Senior social isolation increases the risk of mortality; it affects the mental and physical well-being and leads to risky health behaviors. As we prepare for a growing population of older adults, Peninsula Family Service in partnership with the Sequoia Healthcare District, look to strengthen the connections between seniors and services in San Mateo County. Are you 70 or older, or do you know someone 70 or older living in Atherton, Belmont, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Redwood Shores,…

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The LGBTQ Book Club has started!

The Senior Peer Counseling program at Peninsula Family Service and the Reach & Teach educational center invite you to join the first LGBTQ Book Club in San Mateo. We firmly believe that everyone can make a difference in the world, and that is what has brought us together. We invite you to come read, share and learn with us in an open and judgement-free environment! Who can join? Everyone is welcome! LGBTQ Community members, friends and allies.…

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Success Story: Dependent on Independence

Like many older adults in their mid-70’s, Melvina has hung up her car keys for good. Without her car, getting herself to the grocery store, a friend’s house, or the pharmacy is more difficult than ever. Instead, she’s often stuck at home alone, limited to passing her time in front of the television. However, thanks to the support of Redi-Wheels transportation, Melvina is able to come to our Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center four days…

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Peninsula Family Service to Partner with Lyft

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Lyft to help older adults access the resources they need to stay independent. Through Lyft’s new “Concierge” platform, Peninsula Family Service can schedule rides for our participants, many of whom don’t have the smartphones necessary to use ride-sharing services. Though we currently offer taxi vouchers and connections to Redi Wheels, Concierge will provide participants with a greater level of flexibility and ease-of-use at absolutely no cost.…

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A Beautiful Day at Fair Oaks

In late June, our Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center opened its doors for a wonderful Open House. The event included live music, an art exhibition by the center’s Watercolor Class, a hands-on craft demonstration, and countless other exciting activities. Our Nonprofit Management Intern, Lisa, was on-hand to capture all the fun!

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Kaiser Permanente Awards $10,000 Grant

For more than a decade, Kaiser Permanente has played an important role in the success of our Older Adult program. Today, we are proud to announce their continued generosity through an investment of $10,000 to support wellness and nutrition at our Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center. Our partnership began in 2004 with a grant through Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Program. As part of their mission to improve the health of their members, the organization shares…

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May 6: Plant Sale Benefiting Fair Oaks

Friday, May 6 9:30am – noon Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA *cash only Stock your summer garden with organic seedlings raised and sold by the Garden Club at our Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center. Starting at just $3, plants range from vegetables and herbs, to succulents, orchids, and roses. All proceeds benefit the Garden Club. About the Garden Club Each Friday, older adults gather in the garden at Fair…

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