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14 Sudoku 21 Explore the Possibilities 22 What Bin? 33 Senior Poverty

Summit I: The Problem

Know The Signs: Suicide is Preventable


As we speak, 2014 is zooming by and we’re embracing some changes here at Prime Time Living. For one thing, we now have a website where you can look at past editions of the magazine, find important numbers and contacts from our resource directory, follow us on Facebook, challenge your brain with our crossword puzzles, read our blog, find out all about us, and more. Let us know what you think.


40 Crossword 41 Oil Drop Off Locations 42 Senior Community

I will be contributing blog posts regularly…so please leave your comments and suggestions. We’re always interested in hearing what our readers have to say.


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Puzzle Solutions Resource Guide & New Website



It's "Rewirement" for Gretchen Shilts

The United States of Bocce



Walk to End Alzheimer's

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Bunco Ringing or Noises in the Ears: Facts About Tinnitus

And…whatever your plans might be, stay safe.

How You Can Help the Solano County SPCA



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Aging With Choices

Speaking of zooming by…summer vacations and July 4th will be here before we know it. Fireworks, picnics, pool parties, and hot dogs help us celebrate our Nation’s Birthday. How do you celebrate the Fourth of July? Maybe you take a summer vacation. Do you head to the beach or to the mountains to cool off? Weekend getaways or a longer trip; enjoying and exploring the great outdoors or relaxing in private at a secluded spa; revisiting your favorite spots or trying someplace new and different…whatever you do, have a great summer.

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It’s “Rewirement” for

Gretchen Shilts “It’s just time,” she said. Gretchen, her husband Joe, and their five daughters came to Fairfield in the mid-‘60s, when Joe was hired by then-Fairfield Mayor B. Gale Wilson to serve as director of public works for the city of Fairfield. A nurse by training, Gretchen originally worked in the ’60s at the Fairfield Clinic, alongside physicians in an urgent care setting. They were busy, patient-packed days, she says, “when we would work nonstop all weekend long, until there was no one left in the waiting room.”


fter decades of tending to souls and uplifting the spirits of countless NorthBay Healthcare patients, Chaplain Gretchen Shilts has decided it’s time for a “rewirement” – her way of describing the next chapter of her life. “It’s time to try other things,” she says, looking forward her May 30 retirement. After serving in an array of positions – as a nurse, a hospital board member, a volunteer hospital chaplain, hospice chaplain and

❝Gretchen has always been a voice of reason – pushing NorthBay to address our patient’s spirituality and overall well-being. ❞ palliative care chaplain, she made the difficult decision to step away, after her sister’s unexpected death earlier this year.

She left nursing for a time, to serve two terms on the FairfieldSuisun Unified School District’s school board. It was the 1970s, before Prop. 13, and Solano County was experiencing tremendous growth. After leaving the school board in 1983, she became a religious educator for the Catholic Church’s Diocese of Sacramento. “It was far afield of nursing, but a treasured part of my life,” she recalls. “It was a good combination of nursing and ministry.” Around the same time, B. Gale

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Wilson, then-president of the NorthBay Healthcare Hospital Board, invited her to become a director, and she brought her interest in providing pastoral care to patients in the hospital setting. After encouraging others on the board to support her ideas, NorthBay Hospice was created in 1986, followed by the formation of a Department of Pastoral Care.

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Gretchen later served as a volunteer hospital chaplain, and then was hired as a hospice chaplain in 2004. She joined the Palliative Care team as a chaplain in 2009, “to provide pastoral care for all who want it, without regard to religion, just companionship for the journey. It’s not about religion, it’s about beliefs.”

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“I’ve worked side by side with Gretchen for a number of years,” says Patty Kramer, NorthBay Healthcare’s director of Supportive Care Services. “She has a gift for finding the right words for the right time, and a beautiful knack of being able to reach people in a unique way, without offending the person sitting next to them.” Patty recalled a time when a nursing director contacted Gretchen on behalf of her staff. “They were struggling with the loss of several patients who had been on the unit for a time, to whom they had become attached. The losses were hard on everyone. Gretchen held a memorial service that not only acknowledged the staff’s loss, but the patients’ many beliefs and diversities. We had had Buddhists, fundamental Christians and atheists; but her service was so neutral, everyone was

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engaged and participating.” “I first met Gretchen when she was on the hospital board of directors and I was chief of staff,” recalls Terrell Van Aken, M.D., medical director for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement. “I very much appreciated her knowledge, insight and compassion for our hospital patients and the community at large. I have grown to appreciate her even more in my work with her at NorthBay

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Hospice and later NorthBay Bridges, our palliative care service.  Gretchen has always been a voice of reason – pushing NorthBay to address our patient’s spirituality and overall well-being.  She does the same in the local community and for her church. I will miss her tremendously but I do want her to go on and enjoy many years yet with her family and with her community volunteering.”

As part of her “rewirement,” Gretchen says she plans to continue volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and serving as a docent for the California Railroad Museum and the Amtrak Interpretive Program. She looks forward to tinkering in her garden, working on genealogy projects, and spending time with her 11 grandchildren. “It’s been wonderful to work with people who are concerned about the wellbeing of their community,” she says. “I will miss working with them.” Each Visiting Angels agency is independently owned and operated.


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The United States of Bocce Bocce, a two-team game in which each player tosses a set of balls to score points and thwart competitors, has waxed and waned in popularity since around 5200 B.C. Today, according to the World Bocce League, it’s enjoying another resurgence that began around 1900 and has played a significant role in international sports ever since. The Wisners and the Isherwoods enjoying bocce ball.

Bocce reached America’s West Coast in the late 1980s. While not yet an official Olympic sport, it’s joined the ranks of major competitions including the World Corporate Games and Special Olympics. On any given day across the U.S., participants and teams roll bocce balls in sanctioned tournaments, league competitions, and widely attended bocce events. One reason for the upswing in popularity is the sport’s wide accessibility, said Nancy Wisner, Paradise Valley Estates resident and chairperson for the continuing care community’s bocce ball season. “Bocce is easy to learn, and it’s not physically demanding,” she said. “But there is keen Prime Time Living 10

competition. People like to win.” According to Wisner, bocce is widely played at Paradise Valley Estates. Almost half of the community’s independent living residents play and it has the highest participation rate of any activity on the community’s busy events calendar. “Most folks who move here have never played,” she said. “Once they do, they find they enjoy it and that it’s a great way to meet people. Even if you’re not playing, it’s fun to cheer others on as they play.” The Fairfield senior living community, like many others, is supporting the growing activity. In her role as season chair, Wisner organizes tournaments,

assists teams, and schedules matches. Paradise Valley Estates also has invested in multiple improvements to the court, which Wisner said is in one of the most beautiful areas of the campus. “The foundation was rebuilt and the surface was returfed so it supports play very well,” she said. “They also added new benches for players and spectator seating so more people could enjoy the matches.”

play two games per day,” said Wisner. “We schedule matches in the morning to avoid playing in the heat of the day.”

Wisner said bocce players compete on an equal playing field with no equipment advantage such as the large drivers of modern day golfers. “There’s a lot of luck in bocce,” she laughed. “Just the other day I had the perfect shot, and someone messed it up!”

❝Bocce is easy to learn, and it’s not physically demanding,” she said. “But there is keen competition. People like to win.❞

According to Wisner, getting involved in bocce at Paradise Valley Estates is easy. The committee provides classes and practice sessions so people can learn how to play and then perfect their technique.

Wisner believes appreciation for bocce is still climbing. “It’s a good activity for anyone regardless of age or activity level,” she said. “I really love seeing players and visiting family members and grandchildren out on the court. You can see they’re clearly having a ball, together.”

The Paradise Valley Estates bocce season, which runs from mid-April to late October, supports many days of play. “We often have two round robins and

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ast year, more than 550 people from in and around Solano County came together on a balmy October morning united in one cause: Alzheimer’s. Together, they raised nearly $80,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association through the first annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Solano County.

And one team, NorthBay was a standout leader in the effort! As a nonprofit partner team, they raised over $14,000, with just over $8,000 of that amount going back to NorthBay Healthcare. The

Together, they raised nearly for the Alzheimer’s Association through the first annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Solano County.

determined team of 125 participants certainly had the largest presence at the Walk and for almost everyone involved, the day was deeply personal. Here is a glance at why they Walk. t Bob Panzer, 2013 Top fundraiser and 2014 Sponsorship Chair Volunteer Alzheimer’s Disease has been prevalent among several uncles and aunts. It wasn’t until 15 years ago when I learned my mother was diagnosed with the disease that my life was changed. I suddenly became her parent, learning about how to be a caregiver. The monthly Vacaville support group, cosponsored by

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the NorthBay Healthcare Alzheimer’s Services and the Alzheimer’s Association became my primary support for caregiving. In 2008 at age 94, my mother peacefully passed away. I then sought training by the Alzheimer’s Association as a volunteer support group facilitator, which I have found rewarding and enriching.  I continue to attend education conferences to learn about updates to share with the group, and the annual state Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day to urge legislators to enhance services.


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Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for all our participants who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. Each walker will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

▲ Sandy Perez, NorthBay Healthcare Team Captain, 2013 Walk Committee Volunteer I really enjoyed working with the community committee and really appreciated the community support when planning the Walk. We are excited about this year’s Walk and will to be working hard to make Team NorthBay one of the top teams.

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and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services.❞ Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

SUDOKU ▲ Anne Payne, Solano Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee Chair Volunteer When I began my career, it was at a day program for people with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. I absolutely fell in love with those folks. I then worked for several other organizations that work with this population, including an adult day health care program and an assisted living as the coordinator of the memory care. I now work mostly doing administrative work, and miss working directly with the people. Volunteering is a way for me to stay connected to a cause that is near and dear to my heart and to also, hopefully in a small way, make a difference. See page 43 for puzzle answers. Prime Time Living 14

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he Friends of the Fairfield Senior Center, in conjunction with Solano Business Group, is organizing a great Bunco Benefit for the Fairfield Senior Day Program and Brain Boosters, on Saturday, July 19, 2014! We are seeking your participation. The Bunco Benefit will offer a wonderful chance to promote your business while supporting a very important cause – Improving the quality of life for seniors, their caregivers and families.

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Our annual Bunco Benefit will feature a full evening of Bunco, fabulous drawing prizes, dinner, dessert, and no host beer, wine, and beverages! It will be held at the Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The evening promises to be fun and entertaining! All sponsors will receive signage at a table.  It costs only $100 to sponsor a table. Sponsors of $1,000 will receive four free Bunco tickets! Please refer to the enclosed flyer for additional sponsorship levels. We are expecting a sell-out event with a $25 ticket price. All donations are tax deductible. You will receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes upon receipt of your sponsorship donation.

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Ringing or Noises in the Ears:

Facts About Tinnitus


o you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear

this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answer yes to these questions, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-tus). Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss. It can also be a symptom of other health problems. Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus. Some cases are so severe that it interferes with their daily activities. People with severe cases of tinnitus may find it difficult to hear, work, or even sleep.

What causes tinnitus? Hearing loss. Most people who have tinnitus also have some kind of hearing loss. Loud noise. Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss get worse.

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Medicine. More than 200 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be involved. Other potential causes. Allergies, tumors, problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws, and neck can cause tinnitus.

What should I do if I have tinnitus? First step is to schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare provider for an evaluation. A careful history and audiometric testing will lead to the most likely causes and best treatment for your tinnitus. You may be referred for an ear, nose and throat examination to complete the diagnosis.

How will hearing experts treat my tinnitus? Although there is no cure for tinnitus, specialists, scientists and doctors have discovered several treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so you may need to try several to find the ones that help.

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Treatments can include:

has the highest rate of success. Counseling. People with tinnitus may experience anxiety, depression and other psychiatric problems. You may be referred to a psychiatrist our counselor as needed.

Hearing aids. Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus. The majority of patients with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.

Relaxing. Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.

Maskers. Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief from the tinnitus, but will not enhance hearing and may interfere with understanding speech.

Some tinnitus sufferers develop anxiety and other strong emotional responses to their tinnitus. Many types of devices, such as fans, radios and sound generators can be used as tinnitus maskers to help tinnitus sufferers to fall sleep or get back to sleep. Medicine or drug therapy. Some tinnitus sufferers develop anxiety and other strong emotional responses to their tinnitus. Certain medicines may provide relief from these emotional reactions and provide some relief from the tinnitus. Other medicines and nutritional supplements have provided relief in some patients.

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What can I do to help myself? Think about things that will help you cope. Many people find listening to music very helpful. Focusing on music might help you forget about your tinnitus for a while. It can also help to mask the sound. Other people like to listen to recorded nature sounds, like ocean waves, the wind, or even crickets.

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Avoid anything that can make your tinnitus worse, such as smoking, alcohol and loud noise. If you are a construction worker, an airport worker, or a hunter, or if you are regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear ear plugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing and keep your tinnitus from getting worse.

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If it is hard for you to hear over your tinnitus, ask your friends and family to face you when they talk so you can see their faces. Seeing their expressions may help you understand them better. Ask people to speak louder, but not shout. Also, tell them they do not have to talk slowly, just more clearly.

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How You Can Help the Solano County SPCA By Debbie Dillon


hinking of donating to help animals in our community? The Solano County SPCA appreciates your continued support in all ways.

One of the most amazing things we have seen is people who have included the SPCA of Solano County in their estates and trusts. These final acts of generosity and love for the animals have enabled us to do some great things for the homeless animals of Solano County. You can have the satisfaction of knowing your generosity will leave a lasting legacy of hope for the lives of both animals and people in need of SPCA of Solano County’s help. As you consider your estate plan, please think of SPCASC.

We need the financial support of our community to continue to grow and offer more needed services. The question we get asked most is “How can we help?” There are many ways. The SPCA always needs the donation of old blankets, towels, office supplies, lawn equipment, etc. If you have used it at your home, we most likely need it at the SPCA. We have five acres we have to maintain for the animals!

Determining the right gift is just as important as making the gift. There are many options in your estate planning from which you can choose. In general, one of the simplest methods to leave a lasting legacy to SPCA of Solano County is the bequest. Bequests are an instrument of a contributor’s will which sets aside a sum of money, portion of the estate or a portion of the estate’s residuary

Another way is by donating an unused car, boat, RV, etc. The person donating takes the tax writeoff and the company that handles the program for us picks up the car and sells it at auction giving the SPCA the proceeds. If you have a vehicle that you would like to donate the phone number is 888-6864483 and be sure to tell them the Solano County SPCA is your charity or you can go to our website and click the donate tab to follow the links. You can donate to our general fund meaning the donation goes to the daily care of the animals in residence at the SPCA of Solano County. The other option is you can donate to a specific project or area. Some of our donors want to help support the cats, or get bed for the dogs, etc. Then there is the opportunity to help fund a big project. We currently are raising money to expand the deck on our spay/neuter clinic and putting in two public dog parks!! We have big plans for our community and we need the help to make them a reality.

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for distribution to a charitable organization such as the SPCA of Solano County. The bequest can be any size, small or large. It can be unrestricted or it can be restricted to be used for a specific program or project. By including the SPCA of Solano County in your will or living trust you can make an import and lasting gift for the animals while meeting your estate planning and

You can have the satisfaction of knowing your generosity will leave a lasting legacy of hope for the lives of both animals and people in need of SPCA of Solano County’s help. financial goals. Bequests qualify for the estate charitable tax deduction and it may reduce your taxable estate. For more information please call us at the SPCA of Solano County at 707-448-7722 or talk to your estate planner.


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Transitioning Isn’t So Bad By Shelley Reyes

A popular misconception to Senior Care Communities is that they are only for seniors who were forced there by health issues or severe disabilities. In actuality, the majority of residents in Assisted Living are perfectly healthy and mobile. My experience even indicates that seniors stay healthier longer by moving into Assisted Living before they are "forced” to do so. Prime examples are seniors who live alone, they can be deeply depressed and worst of all; they may not even know it. Common

symptoms consist of irritability, loss of appetite, irregular sleeping patterns and feeling helpless. The good news is, once we get past the idea of changing our environment, an overwhelming feeling of happiness takes over. When someone moves into an Assisted Living Community, they get to meet new people of their own age and similar interests. Soon, their neighbors become friends, who then turn into companions and before long; they have a social life

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Assisted Living provides peace for family members, knowing your loved one is safe and that they are in a community where there is qualified care available 24/7. Having someone there to assist with bathing, dressing, toileting, medication management and any other activities of daily living is just as comforting. You

❝My experience even indicates that seniors stay healthier longer by moving into Assisted Living before they are "forced” to do so.❞ can even take comfort knowing that each care giver and med tech gets to know every resident and treats them as part of their


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own family. Assisted living also emphasizes the importance of engaging residents in physical activities such as daily exercise classes which helps foster their independence. Healthy eating is promoted daily within multiple choices of nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t have a little desert too. While it all sounds amazing and easy, the fear of transitioning often reminds us that it’s not so easy. But I challenge you, when the time comes, remember the excitement of transitioning from 10 years old to 13 and then to 16, 18, 21, 30, I bet they were

on 40 Orange Tree Circle. I might just be able to prove to you that transitioning isn’t so bad. fun and memorable times. If all else fails, come and see me, I’d be happy to give you a tour of Cornerstone Assisted Living, Vacaville’s brand new Assisted Living Community located just behind Kohls and Home Depot

Please contact me for any questions regarding Assisted Living Communities, a relative that might be transitioning or even your own transition. I can be reached directly at 707-592-4214 or by email at

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Aging With Choices With Melanie Richardson

I know that this may come as a shock to some of you…but…chances are that you or someone close to you will require some form of assistance in the future in order to remain independent. Let’s face it, the aging process is not always a kind one and we all know that the calendar will continue to flip its pages no matter what our opinion is on the subject! Because Father Time and Mother Nature clearly have their own plan for us, it is ever so important for us to be prepared for what lies ahead by arming ourselves with information that will ensure that when the time comes…..we understand all of our options, rather than trying to make a decision in a crisis. The terrific news is that there are a plethora

(I just love that word) of different senior housing and home care options that are available now to seniors. The majority of folks wish to remain in our own home for as long as possible. With the home care options that are now widely available to us, we can do just that. Home care companies offer non medical support that can usually meet the need. They can offer companionship service, help with household chores and errands, or hands on help with personal care like bathing assistance, grooming, medication oversight, etc. There are even home care agencies that offer a more medical or skilled nursing care type of assistance. All within the confines of your

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own home. If home care is not a workable option due to the cost, there are many senior housing communities that can meet your needs. Gone are the days when “going into a home” meant the end of the road. You are now much more likely to encounter properties that feel more like an “all inclusive resort for seniors.” Retirement communities vary in their size and in what amenities they offer their residents, but in most cases the monthly rent includes things like: meals, housekeeping, laundry service, transportation, utilities, maintenance, entertainment and activities. Many have libraries, beauty salons, computer rooms, private dining rooms for family gatherings, lovely gardens, enchanting water fountains and courtyards for outdoor activities. No doubt a great value, in more

ways than one, for the active senior who is looking for a little companionship and to get out of some household chores. Where do I sign up?! Many of the retirement communities now offer graduated assisted living services for those who may need a little (or a lot) of help throughout their day. Having access to support on a 24 hour basis is a key component to promoting wellness. At communities that offer assisted living, the staff is available to the residents at all times, day or night, should the need for assistance arise.

Gone are the days when “going into a home” meant the end of the road. You are now much more likely to encounter properties that feel more like an “all inclusive resort for seniors.”


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Assisted Living’s come in all sizes and shapes. Some are blends that offer both retirement and assisted living…..some offer just assisted living….. some offer assisted living on a small scale (up to 6 residents) and are called board and care homes or licensed personal care homes….some are specific for someone dealing with dementia or a dementia related illness. As you can see, there really are just a plethora (still lovin’ that word) of options out there and truly we have only just scratched the surface for you here. Make it a point to learn about the many options while you have great health and the luxury of time. Besides, it may not be you who needs the information………it may be your mom, your friend’s mom, your neighbor, that nice lady who sits next to you in church. The power lies in being an informed consumer. So make an effort to get informed. As always, I would love to hear your feedback or would be happy to answer any questions related to senior care that you might have. Feel free to give us a call at (707) 451-8724, come by the office at 313 Kendal Street in Downtown Vacaville or shoot us an email at My Very Best Wishes, Melanie

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Resource Guide - Important Local Phone Numbers SOLANO COUNTY



AREA AGENCY ON AGING: 800-510-2020

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NAPA OMBUDSMAN: 707-258-9348


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



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