Senior Resources

Adult Day Social and Health Care Service Centers

Adult Day Services provide accepting and safe interactive day programs for frail adults who need socialization and also for those with long-term chronic diseases or other disabling conditions, such as depression, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, emphysema, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Daily activities and / or a structured therapeutic program designed to stimulate and challenge the body and mind.

Please visit the Adult Day Services Network of Contra Costa to learn more about the social programs and health care programs and their locations in Contra Costa County, or call 925.682.1000 for more information.

Lafayette Senior Services Center

Senior Centers are committed to enhancing a quality of life for older adults.  Their programs and services emphasize productive and meaningful experiences, and encourage continued independence and involvement in the community. The Senior Center is located at 500 St. Mary’s Road.    For more information contact Maureen Neumann or Molly Cohen at 284-5050 or visit the Senior Services page on the City of Lafayette website.

The following is a sample of the activities and services that the Lafayette Senior Services Center makes available:

  • Each quarter a number of classes, workshops, activities, and  entertainment are offered.
  • Tea Dances are held at the Lafayette Community Center every Wednesday from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Fee is $2 for Senior Center members, $4 for non-members
  • Information is available on area  resources, senior services, and senior care.
  • Free legal counseling is offered by appointment.
  • Free HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) counseling is offered by appointment on health insurance, long term care, Medicare, HMOs, and supplemental insurance.

Referral Information

Senior Information & Referral – For information on senior services available in the central county area call 335-8720 or 800-510-2020.

Free Legal Assistance for the Elderly – First Friday of the Month at the Alder Room of the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Rd. For further details & directions call 284-5050.

Long Term Insurance Counseling & HMOs, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Kaiser, etc. – First Wednesday of the Month at the Alder Room of the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Rd. For further details & directions call 284-5050.

Dial-a-Ride – The County Connection LINK is a door-to-door, Advance Registration, dial-a-ride service in Central Contra Costa County. Call 938-7433 for reservations and more information.

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services –  A private, non-profit California Corporation that provides Contra Costa County Seniors (over age 60) with free legal services. For more information visit Senior Legal Services.

DrugWatch.com – an awareness group that aims to educate the public about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and medical devices that have the potential to cause patients serious harm. Visit their website.

Joppel.com – a free, interactive on-line toolset providing seniors and their caregivers with assistance in determining the Medicare insurance plan that is right for them, based on their individual needs and circumstances. Visit their website.

National Council of Aging – Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors – visit their website.

National Aging in Place Council – information on aging in place – visit their website.

Consumer Dangers – Dedicated to keeping the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products. Visit their website.

Driving Safety Resources For Senior Drivers – a definitive guide to  information on all areas pertaining to senior drives. Visit their website.

The Aging Driver’s Safety Guide – an article on becoming aware of warning signs of unsafe driving and improving driving skills for senior driver.

Nursing Home Abuse Center – the Nursing Home Abuse Center (NHAC) was founded on time-honored principles of restoring dignity for some of our most vulnerable and valuable citizens.

The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center is dedicated to bringing attention to the dangers of asbestos and the deadly form of cancer it causes: mesothelioma. The website serves as a repository of information for mesothelioma patients and their families, caregivers, advocates, and others who are looking to learn more about the disease.

Lamorinda Senior Transportation Project

The Lamorinda Senior Transportation project is an alliance of transportation providers. The Lamorinda Spirit Van equipped with a wheel chair lift takes older residents of Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda to the CC Cafe lunch program in Walnut Creek, local medical appointments, and shopping errands. The discount taxi service provided exclusively by Contra Costa Yellow Cab and DeSoto Company gives Lamorinda Seniors a 20% discount and the volunteer private vehicle driving service provided by volunteers from Senior Helpline Services and Orinda’s Senior Around Town program (for Orinda residents only), takes seniors on customized trips as well.

The Lamorinda Spirit Van – Call 283-3534. Generally 24 hours advance notice is required with 2 days notice for medical appointment rides. CC Café Lunch (allow 10 AM – 1:00 PM time frame) – no cost except $2 for lunch. Shopping in Orinda Tuesdays, in Lafayette Wednesdays, in Moraga Thursdays. $6 round trip.

Mobility Matters offers ambulatory, otherwise home bound senior residents of Contra Costa County free, one-on-one, door-through-door rides provided by volunteer drivers. These rides are primarily for the purpose of obtaining medical care, groceries, and other basic necessities. Training for volunteer drivers includes learning and practicing safety techniques.

 

Volunteer Drivers

Mobility Matters – Call 284-2207
Seniors Around Town (Orinda) – Call 254-0800

Discount Taxi ServicesContra Costa Yellow Cab and DeSoto Company provide a 20% taxi discount for seniors.

Trip Tips

  1. Call in advance and remember to give yourself plenty of time for unavoidable traffic delays. This is particularly essential if you have an important appointment.
  2. On your first Discount for Seniors trip to a specific destination, ask the taxi dispatcher to estimate the fare and the time required. Remember, however, it is only an estimate.
  3. Tipping the driver is up to you and entirely optional.
  4. Sharing a ride with a friend is fun and economical as well!

 

Helpful Phone Numbers

Adult Protective Services (Elder Abuse) – 877-839-4347
Alzheimer’s Support Group – 800-600-1993
American Cancer Society – 408-879-1032
American Heart Association – 408-977-4950
American Society on Aging – 415-974-9600
Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing Home Lists – 800-510-2020
Children of Aging Parents – 800-227-7294
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform – 800-474-1116
California Ombudsman Program – 800-231-4024
Center for Elders Independence – 510-433-1150
Contra Costa County Agency on Aging – 335-8750
Counsel on Aging – 408-296-8290
Elder Law Clinic – 969-3550
Gray Panthers – 210-9260
Greater Bay Area Alzheimer’s Association Hotline – 800-660-1993
Hospice of the East Bay – 887-5678
Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa – 937·8607
Nursing Home Ombudsman – 685-2070
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program – 472-5760
Senior Fraud Fighters – 888-545-7233
Senior Legal Services – 800-510-2020

Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging

The Contra Costa Area Agency on Aging is a system of care and support for adults aged 60 and older and adults with disabilities to lead independent and dignified lives in their own homes for as long as possible. The Agency contracts with local non-profit service providers to provide the following programs:

  1. Adult Day Care
  2. Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  3. Family Caregiver Provider Program
  4. Friendly Visitors
  5. Assisted Transportation
  6. In-Home Registry
  7. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
  8. Legal Services

For more information on these services and to get a handy “Mini Guide to Adult and Services” call 800-510-2020

The Agency also helps fund a variety of meal programs:

Congregate Meals – The Senior Nutrition Program serves meals at 21 different sites called “Cafes” throughout Contra Costa County. Transportation is provided for those who cannot drive. A registered dietician presents nutritional education programs at each of the congregate meal sites. For information on the Senior Lunch Sites call (800) 510-2020.

Home Delivered Meals – Homebound seniors over 60 receive home delivered meals at least five days a week through the Senior Nutrition Program. For Meals on Wheels call 937-8607.

LOPC Senior Center

The Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC) Senior Center is open every Thursday from 11am to 1:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Programs include crafts, games, exercises, and Bible study. The center tries to provide volunteer drives for guests needing transportation with the Lamorinda area. Bring a sandwich, the Center provides beverages, salads and desserts. A place where friendships are formed and everyone’s participation is treasured. For more information call LOPC at 283-8722.

Visit our Business Directory for other Chamber members who provide senior services.