Santa Clara, November 25: Sourcewise aims to serve the community through funding services that are essential to the lives of seniors and caregivers throughout Santa Clara County. Sourcewise awarded $2,951,939 in Older American Act funding to organizations to provide critical services. According to Santa Clara County, Public Health, 84.9% of COVID-19 deaths are adults over the age of 60, even though only 14.9% of the same age group have tested positive. As your risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 increases with age, our grantees have adapted to adhere to the COVID-19 social distancing protocol and developed remote service delivery models aimed to ensure the safety of older adults and caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Association supports people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, their caregivers, and community members by providing support services virtually by video and phone-based to suit the pandemic, including their 24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900, which serves as a great place for information. Visit or email

Avenidas helps older adults age in place and supports family caregivers. Although in-person services are closed, Avenidas continues to deliver services through their Enrichment Centers providing Zoom classes, and their Health Center providing services via phone and Zoom. Find information on their Enrichment Programs, Village, Care Partners, or to volunteer by visiting, emailing, or calling (650) 289-5400 or (650) 248-6839.

Silicon Valley Healthy Aging Partnership (SVHAP) works with local partners to promote health and wellness to the aging population and offers free classes that range from fitness to health education. SVHAP is converting remote classes to video and now offer loaned tablets for older adults to participate. For more information on SVHAP and the available classes, visit or contact Christine Pham at

Community Services Agency provides critical support services for residents of Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. Case management services are being conducted primarily by phone; in-person contact is limited. Find additional information at or call (650) 968-0837; for rental assistance, email

Live Oak Adult Day Services provides a specialized program for frail elderly dependent adults. The program includes socialization and stimulating activities, like bi-weekly check-in phone calls to each family in their program, a remote version of their day program via Zoom, and mailing out art supplies and art projects. For more information, visit, call (408) 971-8963, or email

San Jose State University, Timpany Center provides aquatic and land-based activities that target the promotion of physical health and wellness in individuals with disabilities, obesity, and/or advanced age through multi-agency involvement. The Timpany Center provides online classes to serve participants that may need more specialized classes via Zoom. For more information, visit or email

The Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) of Santa Clara County has transformed indoor dining to curbside pickup and home-delivered meals. For more information, visit or call (408) 975-4860.

Despite service delivery being different during the pandemic, these organizations continue to provide critical services in a safe manner. Our grantees allow us to better serve our community by funding services that provide support to protect and improve the quality of life of seniors, caregivers, and persons with functional impairments. View the 2020-2021 grantees on the Sourcewise website by visiting:


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Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.


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