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Salinas, CA Compassionate Care Alliance Produces Staged Readings Of Call 911 At Villa Serra Vintage Senior Living On February 1

by Richard Kuehn on 01/25/15

The Compassionate Care Alliance will stage a reading of “Call 911” at Villa Serra Vintage Senior Living on February 1 at 1320 Padre Drive from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  This play explores the dynamics of a family facing a health care crisis.  For more information, please call 655-9506 or go to their website.  The Compassionate Care Alliance is a non-profit which provides comprehensive information and resources on end of life care.  They strive to raise public awareness and create opportunities for dialog about end-of-life-issues, care choices and planning. 

Save Our Salinas/Circle Of Peace Hosting A Time For Grieving & Healing Support On February 12

by Richard Kuehn on 01/24/15

Save Our Salinas/Circle of Peace is hosting a support group called "A Time for Grieving & Healing Support" on February 12 and February 26 (and thereafter the second and fourth Thursday of every month).  If you are interested in attending, you can call 585-5908 or 442-8570 or go to the Hebron Family Center on 683 Fremont Street in Salinas at 6:00 p.m. on either the 12th or the 26th of February.

Salinas, CA Alliance On Aging To Host Seminar On Medicare On January 28

by Richard Kuehn on 01/24/15

The Alliance on Aging will host a workshop on Medicare basics from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on January 28 at their offices at 247 Main Street in Salinas.  This free seminar will focus on Parts A-D prescription plans.  For more information, call 758-4011 or visit their website to find out more about their services.  This non-profit provides a wide array of benefits to senior citizens.

Sand City, CA Caregiver Male & Female Private Duty In Home Senior Companion Aide Jobs Available (Also Carmel, Gilroy, Hollister, Monterey, Pacific Grove & Pebble Beach)

by Richard Kuehn on 01/24/15

Sand City, CA Caregiver Private Duty In Home Senior Companion Aide Jobs Available (Also Aromas, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks,  Gilroy, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey, Moss Landing, Morgan Hill,   Paicines Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas, San Juan Bautista, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos)

I am happy to say that business is booming at Family inHome Caregiving!  We have had a greater than anticipated influx of new Clients over the past two weeks, many of which have been referrals from past and current Clients.  Our reputation for having the best caregivers in Monterey County is growing.   We are currently looking for a handyman as well as qualified caregivers.

Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey is seeking compassionate, mature and dependable caregivers (Companion Aides) who want to improve the lives of our elderly Clients by providing in-home, non-medical care, particularly those seeking live-in positions or those who can work 24-hour shifts.  Our services include:

        Caring companionship

        Meal preparation

        Incidental transportation

        Running errands

        Light housekeeping

        Medication reminders

        Monitoring of safety while bathing

        Information and referral services

        Other services that improve the safety, security and quality of life of seniors.

If you believe you would make an exceptional Companion Aide, we would love to hear from you!  We prefer those with experience helping the elderly, disabled and others with mobility problems.  Having cared for those with dementia and/or Alzheimer's is a plus.  To work for us, you must have excellent references, a clear criminal record, a good driving record, and an insured reliable vehicle.  To apply, please visit our web site, click on careers where you can fill out an application online.  We have immediate openings all over Monterey County.  Service areas include:

Aromas, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks, Gilroy, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey,  Morgan Hill, Moss Landing, Paicines, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas,  San Juan Bautista, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos

Monterey, CA Alzheimer's Association Holding Workshop To Discuss Conservatorships, Living Trusts And Power Of Attorney For Those With Diminished Capacity

by Richard Kuehn on 01/24/15

The Alzheimer's Association is holding a workshop on dementia and capacity assessment, cognitive methods and legal perspectives on January 27 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at their Ryan Ranch facility at 21 Lower Ragsdale in Monterey.  There will be a presentation by Dr. Patricia McKeon, Ph.D., neuropsychologist and elder care specialist as well as Lori Espinoza, a partner in the Espinoza Law Firm.  She specializes in conservatorships, trusts and estate litigation.  If you have questions about conservatorships, living trusts or Power of Attorney, this is the place to go.  For more information, call 800-272-3900.

Monterey, CA Cancer In The Future May Be Diagnosed By A Simple Blood Test

by Richard Kuehn on 01/23/15

A company based in Redwood City called Genomic Health is developing a line of liquid biopsy tests that can detect genetic evidence of cancer in a vial of blood.  The company has announced that it expects to have its first test on the market by next year.  Oncologists should be thrilled with this new diagnosis tool which was announced at the J.P.. Morgan Health Care Conference.  Dubbed the Oncotype test, it will be able to detect fragments of genetic material that find their way into the bloodstream.  What an exciting new technology.

Monterey, CA Caregiver Gets National Award : Credits CHOMP Support Groups For Their Help

by Richard Kuehn on 01/23/15

It was nice to read in the Monterey Herald today that a local man, Solomon Terry, was given the national “Wind Beneath My Wings” award for caring for his wife who died last spring after a three year battle with lung cancer.  They were together for 35 years and he had to bury her on what would have been their 33rd wedding anniversary.  His wife worked in the hospice industry for 30 years, the last 18 years at CHOMP’s Westland House.  She went to work even while undergoing chemotherapy.  Although the caregiving was draining, it has inspired him to spend most of his days at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) participating in support groups and programs provided for cancer patients and survivors.  “Even though we lost that battle, we haven’t lost the war because we’re fighting for others who are going through the same struggle,” he told the Monterey Herald.  Family caregivers have an extremely stressful life.  If you are caring for a loved one, I encourage you to check out one of the many support groups offered by CHOMP.  ”All different kinds of caregiving occurs, but the common denominator is bringing caregivers together so they can lessen the emotional burden, and get information and education to perhaps lessen the physical burden, so that they can go home and care for this other person refreshed, with their cup filled,” Mary Welschmeyer, a Registered Nurse who serves as a clinical instructor for CHOMP’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, told the Herald.

Monterey, CA Right To Die Bill Introduced By Senator Bill Monning

by Richard Kuehn on 01/23/15

Senator Bill Monning has introduced a controversial bill called the End of Life Option Act, a right-to-die bill which would allow people who are terminally ill to die when they are ready.  The Carmel resident held a joint press conference with the co-author of the bill, Senator Lois Wolk, along with the family of Brittany Maynard who moved from California to Oregon last year because they do have a right-to-die bill.  After being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer she decided to end her life.  However, in California, helping someone end their life, even if they are terminal, is a felony.  “Our hope is to see the end-of-life option as part of a continuum of established rights available to patients,” said Monning, who is married to a physician and said he has “watched close friends suffer through their final days.” The bill would allow doctors in California to prescribe a lethal dose of medications under certain circumstances. In 1992, voters rejected Proposition 161 which would have legalized physician-assisted dying and another bill failed in 2007.  But with momentum for this right growing in many states, the time may be right for California to join the ranks of Oregon, Mexico, Montana and Vermont where the terminally ill can legally end their own lives.

Monterey, CA Living Longer Is Good For Some, Not So Good For Others

by Richard Kuehn on 01/22/15

News that people are living longer is good for some, but not so good for others as AT&T pointed out on its earnings call Friday.  The company said it would take a whopping $7.9 billion charge because the nonprofit Society of Actuaries recently updated its mortality tables for the first time since 2000.  They now estimate the average lifespan will be two years longer than it was when they updated their tables last.  Mercer LLC estimates that total pension liabilities were at $2 trillion at the end of 2013 and the new longevity estimates could add 7% to this amount, or $140 billion.  I think it’s a shame that these numbers aren’t updated more frequently.  This is going to have a huge impact on the bottom lines of a number of public companies this year and shareholders will suffer for sure.  

Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, Has Free Classes On Living Well, A Program Developed At Stanford University

by Richard Kuehn on 01/22/15

CHOMP has a number of great classes starting soon such as the “Living Well Workshop” which was developed at Stanford University to help those living with ongoing health problems take charge of their own health and develop a self-management program.  The classes will be on Saturdays at the Oldemeyer Center at 986 Hilby Avenue in Seaside starting on February 21 and then running through March 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  If you are interested, you can attend a free one-hour session on Saturday February 7 from 11:00 a.m. to noon.  Although there is a $15 fee, it’s refunded if all six classes are completed.  To register, call 625-4867For more information on classes at CHOMP go to

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