Services and Support
Alzheimer’s Association Talks
Vintage House hosts the Alzheimer’s Association presentations to the general public on a quarterly basis. These are generally held at the same time as the Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group and take its place on announced quarterly dates. Topics such as Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters, and Where Did I Put My Keys? are presented for seniors and their friends and families. See our Newsletter for upcoming dates. For more information visit www.alz.org/norcal. To register for the next event, call 707.573.1210.
Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group
This group was begun at the request of one of our members, Paula Wolfert, when she realized she was experiencing memory loss and wondered if she was the only one. Facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Association and their volunteer team, the group meets monthly on the 2nd Friday from 2:30 – 4:00 pm to discuss the challenges they face and share their triumphs as they navigate this new territory. If you have questions or concerns about memory loss or dementia this is a great opportunity to speak to professionals who can help. See the website www.alz.org for more information.
Other Services and Support
Blood Pressure Clinic
Regular monitoring of blood pressure is part of maintaining good heart health. Our volunteers are retired nurses and medical professionals who take your blood pressure and give you a copy of the results for sharing with your doctor as needed. This service is available on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10 – 11 am.
Caregivers Support Group
This group meets weekly and is a great support for anyone who is caring for an aging friend or relative. Meetings are open to caregivers and specifically family caregivers on Wednesdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)
This 12-step program is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Co-Dependents Anonymous is a program of recovery from codependence, where each of us may share our experience, strength, and hope in our efforts to find freedom where there has been bondage and peace where there has been turmoil in our relationships with others and ourselves. Meetings are Mondays from 9:15 – 10:30 am.
Diabetes Support Group
In collaboration with the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center www.svchc.org, Vintage House offers this monthly support group for those with diabetes or supporting someone with this diagnosis. Meetings are the 4th Thursday of each month from 12:15– 1:00 pm. Call the front desk to put your name on the reminder call or email list.
Driver Safety Classes
These driver safety classes are designed help mature drivers continue to drive safely. Did you know the accident rate per mile driven starts to rise dramatically starting at age 60?
AARP offers an 8-hour Driver Safety Course and a 4½ hour renewal course. The 8-hour class is given in two 4 hour sessions on two different days. Both courses are designed for drivers 50 years of age and older. Auto insurance discounts may be available upon completion for those over age 55. Some insurance companies provide discounts for ages 50-55 too, so check with your insurance agent. The complete cost for either course is $15 for AARP Members and $20 for Non-Members. Registration is required and may be done by calling or visiting the front desk. Bring current driver’s license & AARP membership card to register.
Preparedness Presentation by Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue
Topics include S.C.O.P.E. (Sonoma Citizens Organized & Prepared for Emergencies), earthquake response, readiness and fire safety. How can you be better prepared for an emergency?
Financial Health Series including Fraud Awareness & Prevention
These programs have a special emphasis on senior vulnerabilities and concerns. We have had speakers from local and state government speak about the newest scams and ways to protect yourself from being a victim of identity theft crimes, as well as presentations that address “when to take social security.”
Flu Shot Clinic
In conjunction with Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Vintage House hosts one or more flu shots clinics on a donation basis each autumn. No one is turned away due to lack of funds.
A local hearing aid specialist offers this free service on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 1:30 – 2 pm. He will perform a hearing screening test (this helps to determine whether or not you have normal hearing) and answer your questions about communication, hearing loss and hearing aids.
INSTRUCTOR: Eric Stratton has been the owner of Advanced Instruments Hearing Aid Center in Sonoma, since 1999. The Center has served Sonoma Valley for 40 years and has been a Diamond Certified company for 10 consecutive years. Hearing Aid Dispenser Lic #HA3785; also credentialed Audioprosthologist and Occupational Hearing Conservationist.
HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program)
For information on Medicare, Medigap plans, managed care plans (HMO), Medicare-approved prescription drug discount cards, other prescription drug discount and free medicines, understanding Medicare part D drug benefit and other health insurance related topics, HICAP counselors are available by appointment on the 2nd Friday of the month from 10 am – 1 pm. Call 800.434.0222 for an appointment. A HICAP certified counselor also provides an annual presentation that is a great resource for new Medicare enrollees. HICAP is a program of Senior Advocacy Services. For more information visit their website at www.sasnb.org.
Information and Referral (I&R)
This is the art, science and practice of identifying resources and services to help Sonoma seniors. This often involves conversation with seniors and their caregivers and family members to gain a deeper understanding of the individual’s situation, sometimes discovering together areas of need not previously known or understood.
2-1-1 Sonoma is an information referral and call center connecting Sonoma County residents with non-emergency health, human, and disaster resources. Available by phone (2-1-1) and online at www.211wc.org.
Legal Services – Free For Seniors 55+ In Sonoma
Legal Aid of Sonoma County – http://legalaidsc.org/
Legal Aid of Sonoma County offers legal services for adults 55+ living in Sonoma and surrounding areas. Priority will be given to seniors with limited resources. The services are free of charge, and will focus on the following areas: Guardianships/Grandparent Visitation, Landlord/Tenant Issues, Simple Divorces, Driving/Traffic Court Matters, Conservatorships, Bankruptcy, Simple Estate Planning – Including Wills, Safety Related Issues (Restraining Orders), Advance Directives, and Powers of Attorney.
Services will be provided by an elder law outreach attorney who will be on site at Vintage House. Check our Activity Schedule for specific days and times. There will be no fee for follow up sessions needed to resolve the legal issue or issues.
Legal Aid is available on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 10 am – 2 pm, by appointment. Please call Legal Aid’s Elder Law Hotline directly to schedule an appointment and for more Information at 707.340.5610.
Janice Sternfeld provides free legal consultations on Wills, Trusts, Medical and Special needs planning for seniors. Janice is available, by appointment, on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Please call the front desk to schedule.
LEGAL CONSULTANT: Janice Sternfeld provides complimentary legal consultations on wills, trusts, and Medical and special needs planning. Janice began her practice as an elder law attorney after 20 years as a registered occupational therapist here in Sonoma County. Her past experience gives her a unique perspective on the medical and psychosocial aspects of aging as they relate to legal issues seniors and their families face. Janice volunteers for Jewish Family and Children’s Services and Vintage House. With a medical doctor, Janice co-leads a free monthly class on Advance Health Care Directives sponsored by Jewish Family and Children’s Services and Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. Please contact the front desk to make an appointment with Janice. She visits Vintage House on the 2nd Thursday of the month by appointment, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
LGBT Senior Discussion Group
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender seniors have created a group in Sonoma Valley. This facilitated monthly discussion group is held on the 3rd Friday of the month, with social time from 10 -10:30 am and group discussion from 10:30 – 12 noon. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Gary “Buz” Hermes at 707.227.6935 or Janice Farrell at 415.608.5792.
Memory and Brain Fitness
Regularly scheduled presentations and support groups by the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), memory classes brought to us by local brain fitness specialists and organizations can help you find ways to maintain cognitive function.
Transitions Men’s Group (no drop-ins)
Our Men’s support group is a closed group for senior men who may be struggling with retirement, grief, divorce, job loss, relocation or other life transitions. While the group is closed, there are times when space becomes available. If you are interested in getting support, please contact the front desk to get your information to the group.
Parkinson’s Support Group
This is a new group in need of a permanent facilitator. The group currently meets on the 2nd Thursday from 10 – 11 am and also welcomes guest speakers. If you have facilitated groups in the past, have working knowledge of the disease and want to share your compassion and wisdom to help us meet the growing demand for a local group, please consider becoming a facilitator for this group. If you are interested in this service please contact Program Manager Marissa Fitrakis at x307.
Senior Food Security (formerly Brown Bag, food for low income)
The Redwood Empire Food Bank is available on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9 – 9:45 am, for food distribution to seniors and those who qualify under the programs offered. You may come in during these days and times to get your questions answered and sign up for the program. Bring proof of income for ease in this process.