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Good morning, and welcome.

Today I’d like to share some good news for us seniors. You and I and all seniors, age 60 and older, living in Napa County have an opportunity to make a difference in improving our quality of life. It’s going to entail a little work on our part, but why would we pass up an opportunity like this?

The task before us is to take part in a survey, which will take about 30 minutes. Let’s take this opportunity to help improve not only our own lives, but all county seniors.

Just a side note: I know this does not apply to any of you, but one of my biggest peeves is the person who complains about issues, but refuses to do a simple task, such as filing out a survey whose answers can help guide county businesses and organization in making our lives better. This is such a wonderful opportunity to help ourselves.

To participate in this important activity, please do one of the following:

— Ask your senior center for a printed copy to complete.

— Call 707-251-2058 for a copy and return location.

— Complete the survey at: www.sogosurvey.com/k/RQsSQYVXsRsPsPsP.

All survey responses are confidential and anonymous, so be sure not to include your name on your survey.

If you would like to return your completed survey by mail, please send it to: Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services, 414 S. Jefferson St., Napa, CA 94559.

The results of the surveys will inform the public officials about your opinions, needs and concerns. It will also develop a comprehensive blueprint of programs and services to address the needs of seniors in Napa County. And it will guide planning by individual, community and health care organizations and public agencies to address needs of Napa Valley seniors and reduce barriers that prevent seniors from using the services that support health, well-being and quality of life.

So, this is big. Please be a part of it. I’m counting on you, my friends, to do your share, and I know that you will.

Also, please pass the word to your older senior friends to join us in taking this survey. To the children of older adults, please encourage your parents to participate.

This is a win-win situation for us, and we’d be foolish not to take part in this survey. We’ll not only be helping ourselves, but future older adults, as well.

This survey is being conducted by HAPI (Healthy Aging Population Initiative), which is an organization whose members are many of the services and organizations involved in the health and well-being of older adults in Napa County, such as: Queen of the Valley Medical Center Community Outreach, Area Agency on Aging, Commission on Aging, Family Service of Napa Valley, Adult Day Services of Napa Valley, CANV (Community Action Napa Valley), Piner’s, Rianda House Senior Activity Center, city of Napa Senior Activity Center, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Napa County Public Authority In-Home Supportive Services, Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services, Calistoga Family Center, Health and Human Services, Molly’s Angels and more. These senior agencies and organizations have spent much time putting together this excellent survey.

One last thing: The survey will be conducted through March.

I’d like to share with you some wonderful news from the executive director of Molly’s Angels, Fran Rosenberg, about a new service that they are starting. It’s called the Telephone Reassurance Program, where they contact, by phone, seniors living in their homes. They do a wellness check and have friendly conversations with these folks. They call them every week, become friends, and find out if they have any special needs requiring help from them or another agency. Thank you, Fran, for forming a new and exciting program, which has been needed for quite some time.

Fran has asked that if any of us know of a senior who is lonely and living alone, and could use this service, to please call 707-224-8971 or email mollysangels@mollysangels.com.

Farewell for now. I look forward to our next visit. Until next week, stay strong, stay healthy, and live life to the fullest, with love and joy.

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