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Rotary Report – Meals on Wheels lesson one: don’t fall!

Nancy Raniere (at left) and Susanna Meyer from Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)
Nancy Raniere (at left) and Susanna Meyer from Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG
Special to the Tribune

Meals on Wheels delivers healthy meals to seniors throughout Contra Costa County. The program has over 1,000 volunteers. Nancy Raniere is a Program Specialist and Susannah Meyer is a Volunteer Specialist with Contra Costa County’s “Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services.” They described a great program: “Meals on Wheels.”

Martinez Rotary was enormously sympathetic. For many years Martinez Rotary has staffed a route in Martinez. Rotary isn’t alone. Other Martinez routes are staffed by volunteers from Kiwanis and the Shell Refinery. The Rotary route includes the Riverhouse Hotel. We know the folks there need and appreciate Meals on Wheels.

Volunteers gain from Meals on Wheels too. There is a sense of satisfaction in knowing you have provided a human link to a person who needs it.

Nancy and Susannah explained that falls in the elderly are responsible for lots of hospital admissions. If you’re elderly and get admitted to a hospital due to a fall, you have only a 50 percent chance of making it out of the hospital. Senior Outreach Services places great attention on fall prevention. They also provide visits to the homebound. A huge problem for the elderly and infirm is isolation and depression. Senior Outreach Services professionals know how to help mitigate these serious problems.

We’re lucky to have such great programs available. If you know someone whom the program might help, check out www.mowsos.org or call (925) 937-8311. Nancy and Susannah, and their colleagues, are ready to help out.

In other news, Rotary thanks Chief of Police (and Rotary member) Manjit Sappal for his excellent reports on police activities. These reports are published in both our local papers. We especially like his “get acquainted” sessions, which are helping to bond the police with the community. By making police a part of the community, he’s doing a lot to keep us safe. We like the way he credits individual cops for their work. They do a lot. They deserve recognition.

Rotary meetings begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the “Four Way Test.” We also include a few words of wisdom. Wednesday’s words from Prez Denny Horack: “Our lives begin to end when we don’t engage with our society and become involved.” I’ll explain the “Four Way Test” next week!

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