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Young at Heart December 2020

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Canopy Health wishes you Happy Holidays! Thank you for selecting us as a partner in health. May your medicare selection bring you the gift of heath for 2021. Keeping you healthy is a our priority. Together we can overcome the challenges brought by 2020. Interested in learning more about the Canopy Health network feel free to reach out to our licensed Medicare agents at Van Berg Insurance Services (877) 833-4253 For TTY: 711 or English (800) 735-2929 or Spanish (800) 855-3000 www.CanopyHealth.com Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center has helped me very much, I feel in control of the situation, I feel more positive, less stress and less overwhelmed. I have a better understanding of dementia... it has been wonderful having this program. - Helen Solano Helping Family Caregivers Care for eir Loved Ones Services Provided ✜ ✜ ✜ ✜ A Program of Health Projects Center Have a meal. Catch a ride. Stay Connected. Contributed by Community Bridges Community Bridges' senior programs provide opportunities for seniors to retain their health, independence and social connection. Elderday Adult Day Health Care, Li Line and Meals on Wheels not only meet the nutritional and medical needs of seniors, but fight isolation and keep seniors connected to their com- munity. Elderday Adult Day Health Care offers high-quality day services for adults with complex medical conditions. This supportive community allows participants to stay independent and in their homes for as long as pos- sible, while giving family members and caregivers well-deserved respite. During the pandemic the program adopted a new system of remote services for participants to meet their physical and mental health needs and help them stay out of institu- tional facilities. To receive services please visit community- bridges.org/elderday or call (831) 458-3481. In addition, a new program was developed with several commu- nity partners to meet the needs of seniors staying at home. The Senior Center Without Limits is a free online program that brings enrichment activities like yoga, art, music and support groups to seniors in their homes at no cost. It overcomes the digital divide to connect seniors to their commu- nity, engage in activities to improve cognitive processes and combat isolation. Low income seniors can receive a free tablet to help them join classes and stay connected. 2,700 classes were conducted in 2020! The Senior Center Without Limits is a partnership with Com- munity Bridges, the City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Parks and the City of Watsonville. To learn more and take a class go to communitybridges. org/scwol. Li Line provides over 60,000 door-to-door rides to seniors in Santa Cruz County. This free services takes seniors to medical appoint- ments, ensuring access to crucial medical care. During the pandemic Li Line expanded to provide rides to other essential services and participat- ed in the Great Plates project. To find out if you are eligible for services please visit community- bridges.org/liline or call (831) 688-9663. Meals on Wheels pro- vides nutritious meals, a quick safety check and much-needed human connection to homebound seniors. This year, the number of seniors receiving home-delivered meals dou- bled and the program will serve over 160,000 meals! During the long months of the pandemic we have been a lifeline to seniors and ensured the unhoused seniors we serve continued to receive daily meals. To sign up to receive meals please visit communitybridges.org/ mealsonwheels or call 831-464-3180. Thank you to our gen- erous donors who have helped us sustain our programs! If you would like to protect seniors that have contributed to our communities for generations, and ensure continued access to the vital services these programs provide, please visit communitybridges. org/donate today. Meals on Wheels -web photo Elderday Adult Day Health Care -web photo

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