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We believe a good story only gets better. Everybody has a story at Courtside Cottages. And every story is celebrated. Indeed, we are committed to shaping our services according to each residents experiences, interests and preferences. Our person-centered approach to memory support helps each resident feel at home. Plus, families enjoy great peace of mind knowing their loves one are known by us.

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Dear Julie is a column for those needing advice related to the care needs of persons suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia. Julie has been working with persons who suffer from memory loss for over fifteen years and has easy access to other senior care professionals who would be able to help answer your questions and concerns. Julie currently works at Courtside Cottages Memory Support Community, a cottage style concept community that offers long term and respite care. Please contact her with your questions either through the mail at Courtside Cottages, 431 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA. 95687. or by email at juliec@courtsidecottages.com Vacaville Ca 95687, juliec@courtsiecottages.com

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Choosing an Agency for In-Home Care

What are your plans for 2013? Do they include getting fit, traveling more, or learning a new hobby? If so…those sound like many ‘resolutions’ people make at the beginning of a year. I’d rather make plans. Yes, I want to get more fit. My plan includes walking at least six times a week. That’s tangible, works for me, and I’ve already started. Yes, I want to travel more. My plan includes one major trip to Paris and many other weekend trips to San Diego and Denver to visit grandkids. The calendar is filling up fast. Yes, I want a new hobby. My plan includes learning more about painting on small canvasses. I’m already signed up for a class. Resolutions seem to go by the wayside early in the year. My plans are already on the calendar, on my ‘to do’ list, and on their way to becoming part of my lifestyle in 2013.

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February/March 2013

Global Climate Change and Local Wine By Kevin Quinn

As your wine guy, I am often asked what the impact of global climate change will be on wine. Considering the centrality of climate and nature in the growing of grapes and making of wine, it is a good question. Global level climate change is happening. The deniers have pretty much stopped trying to deny the big impacts; shrinking polar ice caps, disappearing glaciers, and more extreme weather events. I am not a climate scientist. I am not a scientist at all. So please consider this analysis to be nothing more than slightly informed speculation. Here is my theory for the day: Over the next few years, global

climate change will not impact California wines as much as it does European wines. The history of Old World wine goes back to the days of the Roman Empire. They have had 2000 years to get it right. In that time, they have perfectly matched grape varietals with regions, created regional cuisines that marry the wines with the local foods, and established traditions and institutions that reinforce those relationships. The Bordeaux region in France is an Old World wine region. It has five red wine grapes and two

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white wine grapes to call its own. These grapes have had centuries to settle in and become integral to the culture and the daily life. The Bordeaux Official Wine Classification of 1855 established a system that is still in use today for ranking the quality of Bordeaux wines. It has only allowed two changes in its 168-year history. One might say Bordeaux wines arrived at their final resting place in 1855 and have been fixed there ever since. Climate change will surely introduce changes to Bordeaux. A recent story in the web magazine globalpost ran under the headline “Climate change threatens French wine.” It talks about a longer growing season producing grapes with more sugar and lower acidity, which in turn yield wines that are “hugely alcoholic fruit bombs.” This changes the way the wine and the food work together. It also requires changes in how the grapes are grown and harvested and how the wine is made as the winemakers try to adapt the new

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characteristics to the local palate. Soon, growers might also have to consider growing different grape varietals that would be better suited to the new reality of the Bordeaux climate. This will be hugely disruptive to the traditions, institutions and embedded knowledge that have been built up around the traditional seven varietals.

❝Soon, growers might also have to consider growing different grape varietals that would be better suited to the new reality of the Bordeaux climate.❞ Global climate change may introduce the same changes to California that it does to Bordeaux. But since California wines arrived on the scene much later than European wines, there is less adaptation and adjustment required. The vineyards on the central floor of the Napa Valley specialize in the same seven varietals that are in Bordeaux. This is not by accident nor is it because Napa is trying to copy Bordeaux. It is because those grapes are precisely suited for the climate, soil and landscape conditions on the Napa Valley floor, just as they are in Bordeaux. But Napa’s arrival at this point is fairly recent— since the 1960s. So the traditions and institutions, as well as the techniques and technologies, are not as deeply rooted in history. It is still recent memory to implement new processes and try new grape varietals. As a result, global climate change’s inevitable effects may not be as disruptive to Napa ■ over the next few years as it is to Bordeaux. Kevin Quinn’s book It’s Your Wine, Drink It is now available for Kindle and in paperback. Search Kevin Quinn Wine on Amazon.com or contact him at kevinquinn.wine@ yahoo.com or (707) 334-0421. YourWineGuyKevin on Facebook.

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Over the past 25 years this sell-out gala has raised more than $2.8 million, enabling NorthBay to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care for the terminally ill, regardless of their ability to pay.

he 2013 Solano Wine & Food Jubilee marks its 26th year when the event returns to the Nut Tree Complex in Vacaville on April 19, 2013.

The Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, organized by NorthBay Healthcare Foundation to support the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement, has become the biggest and most popular fund-raising event in Solano County. Over the past 25 years this sell-out gala has raised more than $2.8 million, enabling NorthBay to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care for the terminally ill, regardless of their ability to pay. With this support, these patients – and their families – are able to live their final days as peacefully and as comfortably as possible.

Solano Wine & Food Jubilee’s Presenting Sponsors for 2013 are the Nut Tree, Patt & Al Shaw, Freeman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Gold's Gym and Momentum Auto Group.

S p o n s o r s h i p opportunities are still available, and for a minimum of $1,250 a sponsor can enjoy early entrance to the Jubilee beginning at 5:30 p.m., an invitation to a private reception at the event, hotel accommodations and limousine service, as well as an invitation to the exclusive four-course vintners' dinner -- Open That Bottle Night -- on February 23, 2013.

The Solano Wine & Food Jubilee is the area’s premiere food- and wine-tasting event. It offers ticket-holders an opportunity to spend hours noshing on an array of sweet and savory foods offered by as many as 120 of the region’s most notable restaurants and food merchants, wineries and breweries.

The Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, a black tie-optional affair (denim discouraged), gets under way at the Nut Tree Complex beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, for those ages 21 and over, must be purchased in advance and are $75 each, or $100 at the door, if still available. To purchase tickets, call (707) 6463133, or go online at www.wineandfoodjubilee.org.

The Jubilee also offers ticketholders an opportunity to browse among tables of exotic silent auction items, or to purchase raffle tickets for exciting prizes; stay tuned for further details. The evening concludes with coffees, desserts and dancing to the music of The Time Bandits, one of our area's hottest Prime Time Living

This year, two other events will occur the week before the Jubilee, as additional fundraising opportunities for the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement. They include Passport Sunday, a very popular tasting tour of the wineries and restaurants of Suisun Valley, and a benefit bike ride through the valley, both on April 14.

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Safe Travel for Women Over 50 By Cynthi Stefenoni

The year is 2002…. I am 53 years old and have just done the unthinkable: sold the house, tied up loose ends, and jumped headlong into the adventure of a lifetime. I am moving to Italy. My best friend, Karen, has wanted to go there her entire adult life. She has taken a leave of absence from her teaching position; I have stopped accepting freelance work; and so we are going together...for a year! I am both thrilled and

terrified. Neither of us speaks Italian fluently, and, although I do have an Italian surname and lineage to offer, we have no friends in Italy. All we really have to spur us onward is our deep longing to spend time in this country with the magical pedigree, and the growing realization that if we don’t go now, we might never get there. And so, we go.

❝The perfect time (enough money, enough time, no family crises) might never arrive.❞ What I want to tell you about here is what it took for me to actually take the plunge. To commit. It was really not as difficult as I thought it would be and it happened the moment that I realized the following:

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I was over 50. Who knew what might happen any given day from here on out? There was a great longing in me to travel. I had been to Moscow once and Tijuana. I wanted more. The perfect time (enough money, enough time, no family crises) might never arrive. This was becoming more and more evident with each passing year.


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he love story of Eugene Lyons, 88, and his wife, Laura, 83, of Vacaville continues as they face a life changed forever by Alzheimer’s disease. Today, they are among the families who rely on the respite care provided by the NorthBay Adult Day Center on the VacaValley Hospital campus. Married for 55 years, it was love at first sight.

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confused by ordinary tasks, Eugene took her to the doctor. Her diagnosis was Alzheimer’s disease and it was progressing rapidly. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible degeneration of the brain that causes disruptions in memory, cognition, and personality. A friend suggested Eugene contact the Adult Day Center and he found a safe haven that helps him keep his beloved wife at home. Laura now spends three days a week at the center. For Eugene, his wife’s only caregiver, the respite time has saved his life. “Every day is a tug of war and I have no time to rest at night,” Eugene says. “I do everything I can for her, from a daily bath and moisturizing her skin to caring for her clothes and cooking healthy meals. I watch her as you would watch a 5-year-old child.” With Laura safely at the Adult Day Center, Eugene has time to unwind and take care of the ordinary details of life. “I feel so much more comfortable with Laura here,” he says at the center. “This is a genuinely loving and caring place. You can call the staff ‘aides,’ but they are all angels to me. They do a fine job of looking after her.” Eugene

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comfort at the Caregivers Support Group, which meets monthly at the center. “We understand each other because we share the same problems,” he says of the group. “We help each other cope with the stresses of dealing with this disease.” Roughly 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Every 68 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with the disease. Family members caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease often experience high levels of emotional stress and depression. Support groups offer one way for families to learn ways to cope with their role as caregiver. Although life is forever changed for the Lyon family, Eugene feels blessed to have his wife at home. “Our greatest joy at this stage in our lives is that we still have each other,” Eugene says. “Things are not what they used to be, but you’ve got to enjoy what you have and make it work.” A WWII veteran and part of the Greatest Generation, believing in honor, valor, God, and country, Eugene has one answer when people ask why he does this: “She’s my wife. She would do the same for me.”

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NorthBay Adult Day Center Families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have been able to turn to the NorthBay Adult Day Center for respite care since the service opened on the VacaValley campus in 2003. The center offers a safe, structured setting where people with these diseases can enjoy group activities, which emphasize their remaining functioning. It is the only facility in Vacaville that helps families keep their loved ones living at home, according to Sandy Perez, program manager. Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Center offers full-day, half-day and extended day visits. Financial help, in the form of a sliding scale for services and scholarships, is available. The program includes exercise, music, arts and crafts, baking, gardening, hot meals, and individual attention. The center’s goal is to support each person in maintaining his or her highest degree of independence and functioning for as long as possible. For further information, call the center at (707) 624-7970.

Alzheimer's Resource Center The Alzheimer’s Resource Center opened at VacaValley Hospital in 1996. Staffed by NorthBay Guild volunteers, the center helps the families of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia find much needed resources and reference materials. All services are free at the center, which is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reach the center, call (707) 624-7971. Napa/Solano Edition


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veryone knows which organ is affected by a heart attack, but it might not be common knowledge that strokes are brain attacks. They occur when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to part of the brain. There are several different kinds of strokes, but the symptoms are the same, as is the fact that timely treatment is paramount. Every year, strokes kill more than 150,000 Americans and many more people are left disabled after suffering a stroke. Generally speaking, younger people aren’t at risk for strokes, but according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people from 15 to 44 who were hospitalized for stroke between 1995 and 2008 jumped by more than a third. That rise may be attributed to an increasing occurrence of stroke risk factors—high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol—in a younger demographic.

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Young or old, stroke symptoms can best be remembered by using the acronym SAFE: speech, arms, face and eyes. Stroke victims may lose their ability to speak, be unable to put thoughts together or slur their speech. They may also lose strength in their arms or suffer from grip issues; their faces may droop on one side; they may partially or completely loss vision in one of their eyes; they may have a sudden, severe headache; and they may feel confused. There are three types of strokes: ■ Ischemic—resulting obstruction (clot)

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One of the challenges of treating strokes is that early symptoms can be mild, so much so that people attribute them to minor ailments like being fatigued or simply aging. That’s why it’s so important for everyone—even children—to be able to recognize the signs of stroke and call 9-1-1. The phrase “better safe than sorry” is definitely appropriate when it comes to stroke, since the treatment window is very narrow. This is especially the case for ischemic strokes, which make up 87 percent of all stroke cases.


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hen Marilyn and Bob Isherwood moved to Paradise Valley Estates from San Rafael in August 2011, they’d more than done their research. They’d already learned valuable lessons about retirement living. "My mom, who had lived all her life in Long Island, New York, moved to California at age 70 to be closer to us," Marilyn recalled. "She lived in an apartment until age 93, when she moved into a continuing care retirement community close to our home. That's when we learned about CCRCs." A few years later, as her mother

transitioned from independent living to assisted living, they were surprised to see the monthly cost increase. “There was a low fee for independent living,” Marilyn recalled. “Then, when she moved into assisted living the price went up … a lot. Then it went up again when she needed full care.”

❝You can meet people very quickly here. It’s has such a nice aura,❞ The Isherwoods say her mother’s experience showed them the value

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The no-surprises pricing is just the beginning of all they enjoy about Paradise Valley Estates. “You can meet people very quickly here. It’s has such a nice aura,” she said. “At meals, there aren’t assigned seats like in many places. You can sit at your own table for two, or you can join a table, or start a new table. It’s a wonderful way to meet other people.” “We tasted food in a lot of places,” laughed Bob. “But, this place. No restaurant around here even approaches the quality we have here.” The Isherwoods, who live in a 1,500-square-foot apartment on the picturesque Northern California campus, have enjoyed many of the community’s busy


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social activities from bocce league to Friday night dances to a newly organized chorale group. Another benefit they enjoy is Paradise Valley Estates’ all-inclusive approach to housing. “You no longer have to be concerned with the roof, plumbing, or painting,” said Marilyn. “When you consider the cost of running a house — food, power, maintenance, and taxes — the cost to live at Paradise Valley Estates is not that different.”

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worry, contemplate her mortality, and prioritize her end-of-life goals.

What's Important in Life? By: Mary Odbert, Yolo Hospice

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n 2010, Judy Ortiz was diagnosed with a potentially cancerous brain tumor. Ortiz required four months of treatment to improve her health prior to surgery. She had four months to

“You find out what’s important in life at a time like that,” said Ortiz. “For me, the answer was definitely people.” Fortunately, Ortiz’s tumor was operable and benign (not cancerous). She is healthy again despite some fairly serious side effects from the surgery, which she has worked tirelessly to improve. The traumatic experience has left her changed. Ortiz is an optimist, perhaps more now than ever. She’s also determined to do all she can, including volunteering for the people and relationships she values. A newspaper article about Yolo Hospice Patient Care

Volunteers grabbed her attention. Patient Care Volunteers do exactly as she hoped to do. They help others and build relationships with them. In addition, Ortiz felt she could relate to and comfort people going through what she thought she might be facing – a life-limiting illness. Since January 2011, when Ortiz completed the Patient Care Volunteer training, she has been matched with seven different patients. Much of her time with patients has been different than she expected, some of it more inspiring than she imagined. Her first two patients had dementia. They did not verbally communicate with Ortiz, though they did show pleasure and awareness of her presence. She sat

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at their bedside, held a hand, read a book, or talked. Ortiz’s third patient was dying of cancer. Although able, he was uninterested in talking. Instead, Ortiz gave his caregiver respite so she could run errands, leave the house, and disengage for a while. When the caregiver returned, she and Ortiz would talk.

She visited with this patient for three months before he died. It is apparent in talking to Ortiz that the ability to connect and build these relationships with her patients and their loved ones has been deeply gratifying and rewarding. That’s why the last few months have been frustrating for her.

“With my first three patients, it turned out I wasn’t there to do anything more than be with them,” said Ortiz. “In all three cases, it was the family members who I companioned. They needed someone to talk to, to share their fears and frustrations. Providing that outlet and being a friend to them was every bit as rewarding as visiting the patients.”

“I’ve been matched with three other patients since,” said Ortiz. “All three died before I could get to their homes to meet them.” She looks forward to another assignment and the opportunity to build a relationship with the patient and loved ones. Yolo Hospice cares for the whole person, mind, body, and spirit. That is why in addition to Patient Care Volunteers, each patient has access to a team of trained professionals through Yolo Hospice. The team consists of Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Spiritual Care Counselors, Hospice Aids, and Bereavement Specialists.

❝It was great to be part of his life. I was lucky to have been matched with him.❞

Ortiz’s relationship with her fourth patient was vastly different. He greeted her the first time she went to the house by saying, “Judy, welcome to the family.” Ortiz believes he was not afraid to die. She says he had “talks with God” which he shared with her. He was very appreciative of the life he had and the good children he raised, according to Ortiz.

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“We do serve many patients who are referred to us with only days remaining,” said Jody Norton, RN, HPCN, and Yolo Hospice Director of Patient Services. “Late in the disease process, when the loss of the patient is imminent, it is impossible to do more for the patient than work quickly and diligently to bring physical comfort. This can be hard for the family. We are new to them. There is no time to build a trusting relationship. When the team can support the patient early, the patient and their loved ones can receive greater depth and breadth of support emotionally, spiritually, and physically.” Yolo Hospice recommends you call as soon as you know curative treatment isn’t working, the patient has decided to forgo further treatment, or the patient’s health is failing. Calling does not obligate you to hospice care. You will speak to an expert to discuss your situation, answer your questions, and ■ explain hospice care. You can learn more about hospice care on line at www. yolohospice.org or on Facebook. You can speak directly to someone about hospice or volunteering by calling (800) 491-7711.

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〉 Companionship care – meal preparation, light housekeeping, med reminders, errands / transportation, fall prevention, overall companionship. This type of care is usually done by a nursing assistant or trained companion

Home Health Care Services – This type of care is referred as “skilled care” because it requires a trained, licensed medical professional. This type of care is usually limited based on Medicare and Medi-Cal restrictions. 〉 Nursing 〉 Physical Therapy 〉 Occupational Therapy 〉 Speech Therapy

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■ Do you conduct background checks? What type of background checks do you conduct?

■ Will the company complete the assessment in the home for free?

■ Are your caregivers bonded?

■ Do they provide a safety check of the home?

■ Do you provide ongoing training for your caregivers?

■ Do you have to sign a contract? What is their cancellation policy?

■ What is the procedure if a caregiver does not report to work?

■ Can you change the service level based on a change of care needed?

■ Can a different person be requested if caregiver is not a good fit? ■ What are the costs?

The final step is evaluating the phone interview and the assessment. ■ Did the company arrive on time?

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■ Did they present themselves in professional manner in person and on the phone?

■ Is there a written plan of care? Is the family involved in creating the plan of care? ■ What happens if there is a client problem or complaint? You have narrowed the list down to a couple of companies. It’s now time to set up an appointment for an assessment of your loved one

■ Did they answer all your questions? My recommendation is that you should hire the company you think you can trust. Price is a factor; however it should never be the sole reason you hire person or company to help ■ with your loved one.

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he rush to find and enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) or a Medicare Advantage Plan (MA) ended officially on December 7, 2012. The staff and volunteers in our office are now able to breathe again and go at a slower pace... and man that feels good! But seriously, for those of you who are wondering if your options for joining, switching, or dropping a plan in 2013 is over…well, the good news is there just may be an option. Here are some questions and answers for 2013:

Q. I chose a new Medicare Advantage plan, but not so sure I should have enrolled in this plan. What can I do? A. The Annual Disenrollment Period (ADP) that began on January 1, 2013 and ends on February 14, 2013 allows a person to disenroll from their Medicare Advantage Plan by enrolling in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan. The effective date of the change will be first of the month following the date you make the request. (You cannot enroll in another Medicare Advantage plan unless it is a 5-Star plan, which is Kaiser Senior Advantage.) Q. I was enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan that discontinued at the end of 2012. Do I still have time to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan or a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan? A. Yes, if your plan discontinued at the end of 2012, you are allowed to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan or a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) and/or Prescription Drug Plan, as long as you do this by February 28, 2013. Be sure to read your letter from your old plan to review all of your options. Q. I receive "Extra Help" for my prescription drugs and my current drug plan doesn't cover all of my medications. What can I do? A. If you receive "Extra Help" which can lower your drug copays to between $1.10 to $6.60, you can change plans anytime during the year. Your effective date in the new plan will be first of the month of your request for the change. (To qualify for the Extra Help Program, your income must be below $1,396 single or $1,891 couple; your assets must be below $13,070 single and $26,120 couple. Call the Department of Social Services in Napa County at (707) 253-3818 or Solano County at (707) 784-8050 (Fairfield) or (707) 553-5000 (Vallejo/Benicia).)

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Generative Age and Productivity – Demonstrates creativity and productivity either through continued work in a profession, through a second career, or independently through hobbies or entrepreneurial activities *Note: Elected officials are not eligible to receive a Living Legacy Award.

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Categories (a list of categories and their descriptions is attached to this form) Categories for which you are nominating said person (please check all the apply): ___ Community Spirit

___Social Innovation

____ Generative Age and Productivity

___ Exceptional Caregiver

___ Intergenerational Influence and Impact

___ Other (please identify)

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*Note: Elected officials are not eligible to receive a Living Legacy Award. Please tell us in 500 words or less why you are nominating the person above. Be sure to include the length of time the person has been engaged in the activities you describe, list other activities the person is involved in, the impact of the person’s actions (i.e., how do they make a difference), and qualities and characteristics the person exemplifies. You may either include this in the space below or attach a document to this form. We advise that you do not tell the person that you are nominating him/her. A nomination doesn’t automatically mean the person will receive the award. The nominating review committee will make contact with you once a decision has been made about the awardees. We expect to have decisions by May 2013. We will not make contact with any nominees until after we have contacted you. The award ceremony has been set for May 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Rochelle Sherlock at 864-3984. Thank you for helping us identify and honor outstanding individuals in our community!! 41

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Senior Centers American Canyon Senior Center 2185 Elliott Drive American Canyon 707-647-4369

Napa Senior Activity Center 1500 Jefferson Street Napa 707-255-1800 Florence Douglas 333 Amador St. Vallejo 707-643-1044

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Fairfield 1200 Civic Center Drive 707-428-7421 McBride 91 Town Square Vacaville 707-469-6660 Rio Vista Senior Center 25 Main Street, Rio Vista 707-374-3349

Dixon 201 South 5th St. 707-678-7022 Suisun City 318 Merganser Dr. 707-421-7203 Benicia Senior Center 187 L Street 707-745-1202 Senior Center Without Walls seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org 877-797-7299

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Resource Guide - Important Local Phone Numbers SOLANO COUNTY

NAPA COUNTY

AREA AGENCY ON AGING

AREA AGENCY ON AGING: 800-510-2020

The toll free number will automatically route the caller to the city of residence.

NAPA OMBUDSMAN: 707-258-9348

1-800-510-2020

Administrative Offices: F a i r f i el d: V a ca v i l l e: V a l l ej o:

644-6612 4 2 9 -6 2 3 5 4 6 9 -6 6 7 9 6 4 3 -1 7 9 7

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-4625 MEALS ON WHEELS: 7077-253-6111 NAPA VALLEY HOSPICE & ADULT DAY:

1-800-660-1993

NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S RESOURCE CENTER 707-624-7971

NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S DAY CARE CENTER 707-624-7970 Fax: 707-624-7969

FAIRFIELD SENIOR DAY PROGRAM 707-428-7742

REDWOOD CAREGIVER RESOURCE CENTER 800-834-1636

FAITH IN ACTION: Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Solano County,

Caregiver Respite Program, Ride with Pride & Cancer Patient Navigator Program

South Solano County: North Solano County:

IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-3818

707-425-6164 707-469-6675

707-258-9080

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IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (I.H.S.S.)

Public Authority: I n t a k e L i n e:

707-784-8259 7 0 7 -7 8 4 -8 2 5 9

MEALS ON WHEELS of Solano County Home Delivered Meals: 707-425-0638 Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun & Vacaville Home Delivered Meals: 707-644-7444 Benicia & Vallejo Congregate Dining: 707-426-3079 Senior centers in Solano County

HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING & ADVOCACY PROGRAM (HICAP) 800-434-0222

SOLANO OMBUDSMAN

24-Hour Hotline: 800-231-4024

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES 707-784-8259 24-Hour Hotline: 800-850-0012

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