At the September Tri-Valley Interfaith Council Meeting, we heard a presentation from Mandy Zamani, M.S., a Case Manager from the Aging and Family Services division of the City of Fremont’s Human Services Department. Mandy described an impressive list of multi-lingual services provided to Seniors in the Tri-City Area that is unmatched in Southern Alameda County. In addition to the Senior Center and its activities, and the Paratransit Program, the city also offers the following support services:
- In-home Assessment and Care Coordination
Aimed at helping seniors age gracefully and safely in their homes, case managers provide in-home assessments in order to make appropriate referrals to public and community resources.
- Emotional Support
Two programs are offered for seniors facing grief and loss, family conflict, depression and anxiety, emotional disturbances, and physical changes.
- Senior Peer Counseling for those 55+ offers the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a specially trained senior volunteer in your home. Support groups are also available, along with professional counselors when a more in-depth approach is needed. While there is a donation schedule, no one will be denied service due to inability to pay.
- The Mobile Mental Health Program provides intensive mental health services for homebound seniors 60+ challenged by mental illness.
- Caregiver Support Services
Being a caregiver can be emotionally stressful and raise a dizzying array of questions and concerns. This support program, available to caregivers providing care for someone 60+, provides information and referral assistance, monthly support groups, workshops and classes, individual and family counseling, and social events. The focus of the monthly support groups, weekly mindfulness classes, and periodic mindfulness-based workshops is self-care while caring for another.
For more information, or to request any of these services, call the Senior Help Line at 510-574-2041 or send an email to email@example.com. This information is also available on the City of Fremont website: fremont.gov/217/Aging-Family-Services. Click on “For Seniors” or “For Caregivers.”
I was very impressed by Mandy’s passion for service; more than once she asked us to encourage our congregations not to hesitate to call with any questions about services to seniors. Messages left on the Senior Help Line will be responded to within a short time. A flyer with the meetings times and locations of the Caregiver Support Groups is posted in the Parish Hall.
~ The Rev. Anna Horen