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On Tap at Heart of the Valley for 2015

Heart of the Valley has many new programs scheduled in 2015, all designed to provide you with more areas of service. Currently we are promoting our new  "Vets Driving Vets" Program. If you are a Vet who would appreciate a ride or a Vet who can give a ride from time to time, please call Kirby at (408) 241-1571 to find out more.

In honor of one of our esteemed Founding Members, Aldyth Parle, who died while driving home from an evening meeting on May 1, 2014, we are launching an important new service called "Night Riders." Read more about our new Night Riders service.

 

Heart of the Valley has collaborated with the Humane Society of Silicon Valley to meet the needs of our clients who have pets. Read more about Humane Hearts 4 Pets & Seniors.

Our Board Members are working toward making us a stronger more efficient agency. We will keep in touch with you as we move forward. In the meantime, keep checking our website at to see what's happening or visit us on Facebook. If you or your family members would like to be added to our ENewsletter or Newsletter mailing list, please give us a call at (408) 241-1571.

Celebrating 25 Years of Heart!

Our treasured executive director, Glenda Cresap, celebrated 25 years at Heart of the Valley in January. When Glenda took the helm on January 22, 1990, HOV served five clients with two volunteers. Thanks to Glenda's leadership, dedication and heart, HOV now helps more than 500 Santa Clara Valley seniors live independent and happier lives with services provided by over 200 volunteers.

Read more about Glenda and her 25-year's at HOV in a recent article published in the Santa Clara Valley Weekly.

To find out more about what's happening at Heart of the Valley, we want to invite you to follow us on Facebook. We have photos, information, anecdotes and updates that you might find helpful. Also, we would love to hear from you with regard to client needs and comments, volunteer experiences and interest, or any helpful ideas or information you might have to share. We are relatively new to social media and we need your support. Hope to see you on Facebook!

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Common Sense New Year Resolutions

We’ve all made a New Year’s resolution at some point in our lives.  No matter our age, it seems like we all want to improve something, learn something, or just dosomething. Here are some common sense resolutions that can improve daily quality of life for seniors, caregivers… or really all of us.  Taking care of yourself should be your top resolution.

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Rise of the Centenarians

As we head into our brand new shiny New Year, I wanted to share an article I read by Sarah Stevenson entitled, "The Rise of the Centenarians." So what can we learn from people 100 years of age and older? Quite a bit, as it turns out.  We have a few clients over the age of 100 who still live happy, healthy lives in their own homes. At Heart of the Valley, we are dedicated to helping seniors live in their homes for as long as they want to. Call us if we can help you.

Glenda Cresap, Executive Director (408) 241-1571

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Things You Should Never Say to Your Aging Parents - Tips for voicing your concerns effectively from AARP

No one likes to think about it, much less talk about it. But at some point, your loved one may not be able to do the things he or she once did, such as driving, taking care of money or even managing a household. That can be a difficult reality for an older person to accept, so it's important that you discuss these matters with great sensitivity. A careless remark — no matter how well-intentioned — can be extremely hurtful.

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Ten Two-Minute Exercises That Build Your Bones

If you incorporate all 10 of them into your day, you’ll get 20 minutes of exercise in. Not bad! And you can do most of these moves while doing other tasks, like cooking or waiting in line.

Now let’s get started!

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The Poetic Journey of Don and Sol

Even from the very beginning, this client-volunteer match-up was unusual. I received a call with a name and a phone number from Glenda who thought my 47 year background as an English teacher made me the right person for the client and the task. She told me he was 93 years old and had been an artist and an art professor at a number of universities, especially in Pennsylvania.

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Award Winning Robotics Team Joins Teachers and Parents to Make Home Improvements

The Robotics Club members, including their parents and counselors, arrived at Tom and Jean Carley's house between 9:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. yesterday, January 19, 2013. There were more than 25 volunteers that came with the goal of painting the interior of the Carley's house and to build a wheelchair ramp leading to the back yard. What I experienced, while supporting Jean and Tom, could be likened to the spirit and accomplishments of what must have occurred during an old time barn raising. The participants didn't start leaving for home until 6:00 P.M. Annette and her husband, Jim, plus Kelle stayed until after 7:00 P.M. doing final cleanup touches.

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