Senior Social Club launched in Oakmont
On May 31, the Sonoma County Council on Aging received official word from the California Department of Social Services that Oakmont has been granted a license to begin the Council’s Senior Social Club program.
This program will bring exercise, entertainment, companionship and meals to Oakmont elders and provide respite for caregivers.
The project began in February of 2015 when a small group of Oakmont residents, realizing the need for social activities appropriate to the elderly residents of Oakmont, started investigating the opportunities available in Sonoma County. This group became CARE (Care and Resource Center for Elders @.Oakmont). CARE partnered with COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) in a survey to determine the current needs for this type of program. Results show a minimum of 100 residents eligible for the proposed social day program.
The Council on Aging (COA) agreed to bring the Senior Social Club program to Oakmont. Thanks to a collaboration between COA and the OVA (Oakmont Village Association), a lease has been signed that will allow the Senior Social Club to meet two days a week in the upper room of the West Recreation Center.
Sheila Morrissey, a member of the CARE steering committee, contacted Cheryl Diehm, an Oakmont resident and longtime aide, now retired, to Congressman Mike Thompson, for her assistance in getting the state Department of Social Services to act on the application. Diehm worked with State Senator Mike McGuire’s office and with her own contacts within the department and the process was quickly completed. Plans have begun to have the program begin twice a week sessions sometime in August. For additional information about the program, contact Julie Jones, CARE Steering Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org, 695-7241.