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Training: Senior Peer Counselor

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from October 6 –  November 17 morning sessions: 9am – 12:30pm To register, please contact Geri Lustenberg via e-mail or call (650) 403.43.00 Ext. 4389 To become a Senior Peer Counselor, volunteers participate in two, three and a half-hour training sessions each week for a total of five weeks. During the sessions, volunteers learn the skills they need to be active listeners, recognize and respond to grief, depression, and anxiety, and work with…

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POSTPONED: Senior Peer Counseling

To become a Senior Peer Counselor, volunteers participate in two, three and a half-hour training sessions each week for a total of five weeks. During the sessions, volunteers learn the skills they need to be active listeners, recognize and respond to grief, depression, and anxiety, and work with diverse cultures. Volunteers who speak Mandarin, Tagalog, or Spanish, or who identify as LGBTQ+, are encouraged to apply! Prospective volunteer counselors should: Be age 55+ Live in…

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APP-y HOUR for ages 55+

Do you use technology? Learn more about how you can access resources for your health and well being. Join us on Monday Feb 10th from 12 – 1:00, to meet with Arlene Aquino for an “APP-y Hour!” Topic: TBA. Optional: bring your smart phone, laptop, or tablet to get hands-on help. All abilities and experience welcome. A light luncheon will be served. RSVP to Arlene by Feb 7: aaquino@peninsulafamilyservice.org or 650-403-4300 x4327  

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LGBTQ+ ages 55+ Museum Field Trip

LOCAL MUSEUM FIELD TRIP: Join us on Fri Feb 7 at 1:30pm for a FREE 1 hr. tour of the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063. Explore local San Mateo County history from the time of original Native American residents to today, including some of the highlights of the museum’s long-term exhibits. The hour-long tour starts in the Rotunda at 2pm. We plan to meet at the museum. If you need…

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Older Adults Are Healthy and Independent at Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center

Exercise more. Eat healthier. Make new friends. Spend more time exploring your hobbies. These are a few check-boxes to mark off the retirement list of a thriving older adult! The Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center, run by Peninsula Family Service, helps older adults maintain their health, independence, and quality of life. There are many services provided to older adults at the center: nutritious meals, health screenings, social activities, and fitness classes for free or reduced…

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2017 Open House at Peninsula Family Service

On May 16th, Peninsula Family Service held its 2017 Open House. At the end of the work day, we opened the doors of our headquarters in downtown San Mateo to the many community supporters that bring families and individuals closer to opportunity, financial stability and wellness. We were also delighted to see some new faces! Old friends and new had a chance to meet with our Executive Director, Heather Cleary and to learn more about our…

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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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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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