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Virtual Senior Community Center

 

VIRTUAL SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER

Welcome to the Virtual Senior Community Center, where you can easily access helpful resources, maintain a healthy lifestyle, develop community connections, and enjoy fun experiences. The Senior Community Center may be closed, but we are still eager to connect with you online! 

 

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

 

 Please follow these links to the Alameda County Health Care Services Public Health Department’s COVID information pages for up-to-date information, vaccination and testing sites, and more:

 

FLEX RIDES Vaccination Transportation Program 

The City of San Leandro's FLEX RIDES program is offering San Leandro residents ages 60+ FREE Uber transportation to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at any vaccination clinic in Alameda County. Click here for more information. 

For information in Chinese, click here. 

Para informacion en españolseleccione aqui. 

 

Stay Nourished

   

Spectrum Lunch Program

Daily meals to-go available for seniors ages 60+. Lunch distributions curbside to your vehicle are available Monday through Friday, 12:00pm - 12:30pm at the San Leandro Senior Community Center. Please call 1 (510) 825-9793 at least 72 hours in advance to make a meal reservation. All new participants will be required to enroll.

 

October Spectrum Menu

English Spectrum Registration Form

Chinese Spectrum Registration Form

Mercy Brown Bag

Mercy Brown Bag program distributes groceries to seniors ages 60+ throughout Alameda County twice a month, free of charge. Depending on availability, each bag is brimming with nutritious items, such as fresh milk, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, carrots, oatmeal, plums, canned goods, low-sodium spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, tuna, eggs and more.  Applicants must meet eligible age and household income requirements and must complete an application before receiving a bag of groceries. Please visit https://mercybrownbag.org/get-food/ for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

 

Starting August 9th, Mercy Brown Bag pickup will be walk-up distribution only.  Please park and join the line near the entrance.  Please stand in line maintaining 6 ' of distance.

 

Mercy Brown Bag is available the second and fourth Monday of the month, from 10:00am - 11:30am, at the San Leandro Senior Community Center. For more information or to receive an application, please call 1 (510) 577-6053.

 

Life Change Baptist Church Food Pantry

Life Change Baptist Church is hosting a food pantry to the community every 4th Saturday of each month. All are welcome. Walk in or Drive in services provided. Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. 

Place : Life Change Baptist Church 
             13067 Aurora Drive 
              San Leandro, CA 94577
Date  : Every 4th Saturday
Time  : 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 

 

San Leandro Food Distribution Locations

Please click the link above to for food distribution locations around the City of San Leandro.

 


Stay Educated:

Community Education Programs

 **Image was taken prior to COVID-19.**  
  

Please join Senior Services this fall as we bring guest speakers from trusted non-profit organizations to address topics of interest in this FREE ongoing Zoom series! See the Monthly Calendar for details of each upcoming presentation. To register call  Customer Service at 1(510) 577-3462 or visit www.sanleandrorec.org.

Courses

We are hosting limited meetings in person!  Weather permitting, this class will be held outside on our patio.  Participants must pre-register, wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.  

Living Healthy with Diabetes

#18530        Tue, Oct 19 - Dec 7        10:00am - 12:00pm

Designed for seniors living with Type 2 Diabetes. Students will learn the skills to better manage their diabetes. Topics include medication

management, blood glucose monitoring, meal planning to control blood sugar, ways to manage stress, get active and prevent complications. This course is presented in partnership with Alameda County Public Health and may only be taken once. If possible, prior to the first class, please have your latest A1-C and Blood Pressure reading from your doctors office.

 

Stay Connected

Transportation Resources

FLEX RIDES programs are operating at their NEW scheduled times. FLEX Shuttle operates Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 8:30am - 5:30pm. FLEX RIDES On Demand subsidized rides will be available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year. 

If you have any questions regarding the FLEX program or are interested in enrolling, please contact FLEX Coordinator, Liz Escobar at 1 (510) 577-7985.

 

Please visit FLEX Website for details regarding the program and program application.

 

Technology Resources

San Leandro Main Library Circulating Laptops and Wi-Fi Kits - Gain access to wifi or a laptop though the San Leandro Library 

 

San Leandro Main LibraryAccess fascinating E-Books and tutorials through the Library's Digital Library Services

 

How to use Facebook Messenger - Beginners Guide - Learn how to use Facebook Messenger on your phone and connect via video, audio or text.

 

How to Zoom- Quick tutorials to learn how to download, sign up and join Zoom meetings. 

 

Older Adults Technology Services - Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) is a leader in crafting programs that meet the needs of seniors to use technology for a more connected and secure life. Please see www.oats.org/  to learn more about their programs and technology education services.

 

Senior Planet- Join Senior Planet for 50+ online programs every week to keep learning, connecting and exploring! Their courses, programs and activities help seniors learn new skills, save money, get in shape and make new friends. 

 

Senior Resources

 

Caring for our Senior LGBTQ Partners/Friends and Ourselves  

A Free 10 session group serving the full spectrum of senior LGBTQ+ community members caring for LGBTQ partners/friends and ourselves as we age.  The group will focus on facing medical conditions, caregiver concerns, and issues of aging through personal exploration, group support, and education. 

  

Mondays 2-3:30 PM  

October 25 - December 27, 2021

  

For program information and sign-up, call: 1-510-736-5428 and leave your phone number, e-mail address, and name.  Someone from Lavender Seniors will call you to discuss the program.   Sessions are held via Zoom with HIPPA certification.   This is a no-fee group limited to 10 individuals, therefore we request a commitment to attend the entire 10 meetings of the group. 

 

AARP Safe Driving- Refresh your driving skills and you could save on auto insurance. When you take the AARP Smart Driver online course, you may be eligible for a discount on your auto insurance. The course teaches proven driving techniques to help keep you and your loved ones safe while driving.  

  

The Foundation for Art & Healing- The Foundation for Art & Healing is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes partners and the public to embrace the arts as a proven path towards improved personal and public health. Visit https://www.artandhealing.org/ to learn more. 

 

Asian Health Services: San Leandro Warmline Project- The Asian Health Services Call Center provides free assistance locating community resources for Cantonese and Mandarin speaking residents who are looking for COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites, medical services, mental wellness support & services, food bank and other community information. Please click here for more information or call 1(510) 735-3940, Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.

 

Life ElderCare's Health Forward Program- This free program is available for all Alameda County residents age 60+ with focus on those who have difficulty leaving the home. Please call Life ElderCare at 1(510)894-0370 or email them at info@LifeElderCare.org.

 

New & Affordable Respite Program for Family Caregivers-

 Are you a caregiver to a family member/friend with Dementia and/or other chronic conditions? Do you find yourself struggling with their increased care needs? Do you need Affordable Respite Care support?

Contact Roger at 510-671-5504 or roger@daybreakcenters.org

 

City of San Leandro Human Services - Senior Resources within the City of San Leandro.

 

Alameda County Area Agency on AgingSenior Resource Guide and Senior Resources around Alameda County.

 

2-1-1  Dial 2-1-1 for comprehensive social service information for Alameda County, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, multiple languages/TTY.

 

Disaster Preparedness- The California Department of Aging has prepared information for emergency preparedness and response resources. 

 

California Telephone Access Program Official state of CA program providing free adaptive telephone equipment for those with difficulty using the standard phone. Now provides amplified Bluetooth accessories to make your cell phones louder. Call 1-800-806-1191 or visit www.californiaphones.org to apply.

 

PG&E's Medical Baseline Program -The Medical Baseline Program, also known as Medical Baseline Allowance, is an assistance program for residential customers who depend on power for certain medical and independent living needs. The program includes two different kinds of help: A lower rate on your monthly energy bill and Extra notifications in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Customers who are eligible for Medical Baseline receive an additional allotment of electricity and/or gas per month. This helps ensure that more energy to support qualifying medical devices is available at a lower rate. To learn more, please click here.  To enroll, please visit: PG&E website 

If you rely on a medical device that would require an emergency battery back up, please contact Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) at 1 (510) 881-5743 or visit their website crilhayward.org.

 

Diverse Elders- Recognize the incredible diversity in your community while also recognizing the commonalities across many of the issues which diverse, older adults face. As a coalition, Diverse Elders has the capability to leverage organizational resources, knowledge and expertise to advocate for change that will affect all elders. 

 

LIFE ElderCare - LIFE ElderCare provides clients with a free homesafety assessment and can help with minor home modifications. Please click link for more information.

  


Stay Entertained

Zoom Trivia Sessions 

Would you like to take part in a friendly trivia contest?  These Zoom sessions will be hosted by Senior Services staff to test your knowledge on a new topic each month; top contests will win prizes!  Please see the current Monthly Calendar for details about individual Zoom Trivia sessions.

To register call  Customer Service at 1(510) 577-3462 or visit  www.sanleandrorec.org

Arts & Crafts

**Image was taken prior to COVID-19.**

Art Sherpa - Beginner acrylic painting, with step by step lessons for new artists

 

Crochet and Knitting - DIY Tutorial videos on crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, beading, wreath making and more

 

DIY Craft Projects- DIY projects using things found in your house

 

Flower ArrangementFlower arrangement using grocery store flowers

 

Online Games, Entertainment and Virtual Tours

Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley- UC Berkeley's Botanical Garden is open!  Masks are now only required for unvaccinated visitors in indoor spaces.  The Garden is open by reservation only for the general public.  No advance reservation required for Members or UCB affiliates.  Open Daily, 10am-5pm, for general admission.  Closed the first Tuesday of the month.  Check the website for special events or closures. 

National Women's History MuseumExplore collections of virtual exhibits and learn about trailblazing women, past and present. 

Baseball Hall Of FameExplore a vast array of digital collections and exhibits that you can virtually visit even when the museum is closed. 

 Cooking with Byron TalbottDiscover and indulge with delicious new recipes

Card GamesOnline Card Games

 

Puzzles - Keep the mind sharp with puzzles and brain games

 

OperaStream live operas

 

Yellow Brick CinemaRelaxing music to help reduce stress, unwind, improve mental wellness and sleep

 

SF Ballet at Home - With the current COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, San Francisco Ballet joins the community to keep each other safe and the good of the public at the forefront by showcasing some favorite pieces from recent years right in your homes, completely free! 

 

SF MOMA Museum From Home - Find artist interviews, essays, educational materials, and other highlights from SF's Museum of Modern Art digital collection.

 

SF Symphony - Throughline: San Francisco Symphony- From Hall to Home welcomes new Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and eight Collaborative Partners with digital concert events that chart a new direction for the Orchestra. 

 

De Young Museum From Home - Museum doors may be closed, but they are motivated to forge ahead knowing that our community needs the solace and inspiration of art more than ever. De Young Museum has collected articles about the collections and exhibitions, videos about conservation, interviews with curators—all to let you Museum from Home. Visit Google Arts & Culture to view more online exhibitions.  

 

El Museo Mexicano Explore fascinating programs that showcase the art, history and cultural richness of Mexico.

 

 Virtual Senior Travel Troupe

Explore Dubai's Most Famous Buildings - From luxury properties to massive malls and dazzling skyscrapers, the emirate of Dubai has come a long way from its beginnings as a fishing village decades ago. 

 

Yosemite National Park Virtual Tour - Explore the park like never before! Virtual Yosemite is an online interactive virtual reality tour of Yosemite National Park and its surrounding areas.

 

California Academy of Sciences - Tune in to a Live Cam! Be delighted by the California Academy of Sciences’ graceful sting rays, colorful coral reef and Africal penguin colony in vivid HD.

 

 


Stay Fit

**Image was taken prior to COVID-19.** 

Better Balance video - Improve your balance in 5 minutes

Fall Prevention Webinar- Are you concerned about falling? Do you want to learn ways to prevent falls? You can prevent falls by knowing more about what factors can cause a fall. Join Sutter Health Eden Medical Center for this FREE event where you can learn what to do to safeguard yourself from a fall. Pamela Stoker, Trauma Injury Specialist and Exercise Psychologist, will discuss these important topics. . These events will repeat the 2nd Wednesday of each month. A new fall prevention topic will be discussed each month. To register, please call 1 (510) 727-8485 or email hallstp@sutterhealth.org.

Tai Chi- Dr. Paul Lam, with his team of medical and tai chi experts, have designed the most useful and learner friendly instructional material to improve health and wellness. 

Chair Exercise - 10 minute chair exercises for seniors

Sample Workouts - from the National Institute on Aging

Silver SneakersExercises designed for adults 65+

Yoga with Adriene  - Yoga

Line Dancing with Kari- Join Acton Senior Center's Line Dancing Instructor, Kari, as she gracefully shuffles through step-by-step Line Dancing.

Arthritis Foundation podcast-Learn to manage your arthritis, from controlling pain to being more active. Hear strategies for communicating with family, friends about your arthritis, plus tips for wellness in difficult times.

 

 

Stay Mindful: Emotional and Social Well Being

 

Meditation/Mindfulness

 

Mindfulness- Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

 

Sample meditation: https://www.thewellnesstransformation.com/meditations/

 

Well Connected- If you are aged 60+ and looking for activities to do, or would just like to talk to friendly voices, we suggest trying out Well Connected, a "senior center without walls" that provides activities and conversations over the phone or online. Please call 1 (877) 797-7299

Well Connected Español (!Conectate con nosotros!)  1 (877) 400-5867

 

Friendship Line Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. Call toll free 1-800-971-0016.

 

Alameda County Crisis Support Services-  Crisis Support Services of Alameda County recognizes and understands the impact of trauma including the challenge of accessing supportive services. They provide a welcoming and safe environment. For 24 hour support, please call 1 (800) 309-2131.