Archive for the ‘Seniors’ Category

Senior Walk for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month at Somersville Towne Center Friday morning, Nov 3.

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Hosted by Antioch Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock

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Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services need volunteers in Antioch

Friday, October 27th, 2017

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Winners announced in An Elderly Wish Foundation’s annual Fund-A-Wish Drawing

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Bill Chapman and Susan Dragon Presser congratulate 1st Prize winner Susannah Meyer (center). Photo courtesy of An Elderly Wish Foundation.

By Mary Chapman, Executive Director

The 3rd Annual Fund-A-Wish Drawing on September 21st, to benefit An Elderly Wish Foundation, was a big success. All 100 tickets at $100 each were sold. The reception at Umpqua Bank was attended by 100 guests who enjoyed delicious appetizers with wine courtesy of Oak Ridge Winery.

The lucky winners were 3rd Prize – $250 was won by Mary Olds; 2nd Prize – $750 was won by Rick Kaiser and the 1st Prize of $1,000 was won by Susannah Meyer. Also, Oak Ridge Winery donated a 3-litre bottle of wine which was won by Olga Martinez.

The Board of Directors thanks everyone for helping us make senior wishes come true. For more information about the organization and the wishes it has granted to seniors, visit www.elderlywish.org.

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Antioch Senior Resource Fair 2017 this Friday, Sept. 29

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Want to know what services and resources Antioch has to offer its residents? Join us, as the City of Antioch presents its annual, “Senior Resource Fair in collaboration with the Antioch Senior Citizens Club. The “Senior Resource Fair” will be held at the Antioch Senior Center located at, 415 West 2nd Street, Antioch, CA. The date is set for Friday, September 29th, 2017. The event will run between 9:00-11:00 am.

This event will be full of information for seniors, such as senior services, housing, medical practices and various vendors that will display their products and provide informational pamphlets. We will provide refreshments and snacks to all attendees at no cost, although, a monetary donation will be asked, with all proceeds being donated to the Antioch Senior Citizens Club. While this is tailored to our older, mature residents, we welcome all interested residents to our event.

“The Annual Antioch Senior Resource Fair is a great opportunity for the community to meet and network with service providers,” said Anibal Hidalgo. In 2016, we had a great turn out and our goal is to always improve year after year. Among the many benefits of sharing resources within the community, Hidalgo says that “this event creates a bridge between residents of Antioch and local business and organization.”

As an incentive to those that visit us, free Tote Bags embroidered with the City of Antioch and the Antioch Senior Citizens Club logos will be available to the first 150 visitors.

The City of Antioch Department of Recreation strives in unifying and strengthening our community by creating quality experiences that inspire lifelong learning. Through our partnership with the Antioch Senior Citizens Club, we create year-round events that promote community engagement and fun-filled moments as well as hold strong to the values of the Recreation Department for the City of Antioch. The Senior Resource Fair is one of the many events that we coordinate to support and give back to the community. So please join us.

Interested in being a vendor at our Senior Resource Fair, please contact Anibal Hidalgo, Recreation Coordinator, at ahidalgo@ci.antioch.ca.us or 925-779-7076.

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Escape the heat at Antioch cooling stations and Water Park

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Antioch Community Centers are ready to greet you if you need to escape the heat during the next few days. The Antioch Senior Center is a recognized cooling station and is open to all residents from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.  There is plenty of room and residents can visit and keep cool at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center during senior center hours. 

The Antioch Community Center at 4703 Lone Tree Way is open for all residents from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm; the lobby is a great place to rest and visit.  The community center will be open on Saturday and Sunday until 5:00 pm if anyone needs a place to get out of the heat.

The Antioch Water Park is open Friday, September 1st from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Admission is only $4.00 per person.  On Saturday, Sunday and Monday the operating hours are 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; regular admission applies.  Monday, Labor Day, is half-price admission day for all visitors.  You can keep cool in the water for only $8.00 per person all day.  Come splash with us while you keep cool. There are five different pools and spray parks for all ages at the water park.

For additional help please call the Recreation Department at (925) 776-3050, ext. 0.

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Antioch senior with Alzheimer’s missing since Sunday afternoon found early Monday morning

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Israel Ayoko. photo courtesy of APD

UPDATE: On Monday morning August 28, 2017, at about 1:14 AM, Israel Ayoko was safely located on Vasco Road by a citizen. He was transported to a local hospital for precautionary measures and is listed in stable condition. The Antioch Police Department and Israel’s family would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating him.  See original article, here.

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Antioch senior with Alzheimer’s missing since Sunday afternoon

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Missing Antioch senior citizen Israel Ayoko. photo courtesy of APD

The Toyota Israel Ayoko was driving.

By Corporal James Stenger 3604, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Sunday August 27, 2017, at about 12:30 PM, 63-year-old Israel Ayoko left his residence in the 3100 block of Mountaire Drive in Antioch, to attend church in Oakland. Israel has the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and easily becomes confused and/or lost. Israel also has a heart condition that requires him to take medication. He did not take his morning medication and could suffer a medical emergency if he does not get his medication within the next day. Israel did not show up to church in Oakland and has not been seen since he left his residence. His vehicle was seen travelling westbound on Highway 4 near Somersville Road at 1:03 PM.

Israel is described as a 63-year-old black male, 5’ 7” tall, 165 pounds, white hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a blue buttoned up shirt with black pants. It is possible that he is also wearing a black suit jacket.

Israel is driving a white 2004, Toyota Sequoia SUV with a California license plate of 6KSH083.

We are asking the public for help in locating Israel. Please contact APD Dispatch at (925) 778-2441 if he is seen.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch Council approves seniors-only mobile home park urgency ordinance

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Antioch resident Tom Lamothe speaks to the council during public comments, before a packed audience on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Lasts 45 days, two-year moratorium on Sept. 12 agenda

By Allen Payton

A standing room only crowd attended the Antioch Council meeting, Tuesday night August 8, over concerns about two main issues: an urgency ordinance preventing the conversion of seniors-only mobile home parks to all-ages housing, and the hiring of a new Animal Services manager.

Seniors-Only Mobile Home Park Urgency Ordinance

Interim City Attorney Derek Cole provided the staff report on the item.

“This is not a permanent ordinance. It’s more of a stop-gap. It only lasts for up to two years. Before that expires, we will have a permanent regulation or decide to…not have regulations.”

Because it is an urgency ordinance, the moratorium required a four-fifths vote.

It only takes affect for 45 days. Then the council has to extend it for the remainder of two years, Cole explained.

“The idea is that there may be some changes in availability of senior housing in this city, through mobile home parks, and that could have an affect on seniors, as to their quality of life,” he stated. “The impracticalities if a lease expires and someone has to move their mobile home. Some might not survive the move…without sustaining considerable damage.”

“The cost for moving these homes is prohibitive.,” Cole added.

“Anyone who is currently in a seniors-only mobile home park defined as 80% or more of occupied units of residents who are 55 years or older, it will not be able to convert to an all-ages facility,” he said, explaining the ordinance. “We can continue that up to two years. You start with an urgency ordinance then later extend it.”

Mobile home park resident, Al Ives was the first speaker in favor of the ordinance, and was granted 10 minutes as the main proponent during the public hearing.

“I’m a 23-year member resident of the Vista Diablo Mobile Home Park and also a member of the home owners board,” he stated. “It’s the law of the land as far as I’m concerned,” referring to keeping the parks seniors-only. He referred to “economic eviction.”

“Landlords keep raising rents until tenants can’t afford it,” Ives explained. “We’re a captive audience so to speak. There’s really no place to move and the expense, sheesh.”

He suggested rent control be considered separately, after the ordinance passed.

“The last mobile home park built in Contra Costa County was in 1985…in Antioch,” he stated. “Please don’t be scared of rent control. California has more than 220,000 mobile home spaces, more than 131,000 of those spaces are covered by rent control ordinances. Those include 11 parks in Concord and others in the county.”

A Vista Diablo park resident Lola Park shared her concerns and experience dealing with the owners.

“I’m a Realtor, as you know. I wear many hats,” she stated. “The park declined two applicants (for one of the mobile homes). The criteria for approval has changed. Why now?”

“I have been president of the homeowners’ association for 17 years,” Buck shared. “We feel this is in retaliation for us coming to you for help.”

Another resident, Gil Davis said that some families with children under age 18 have moved into the park.

“I believe the owners are trying to get in as many families with children so that when the moratorium ends, it will be easier to convert to an all-ages park,” he said.

Davis spoke of discrepancies in space rents of “$900, $1,100, $1,200” and the amount he’s paying of $1,300 a month.

“And that doesn’t include utilities,” he stated. “Some also are paying mortgages,” on their mobile homes.

“This always has been and should continue to be a senior housing community,” Davis concluded.

No one spoke against the item and the matter returned to the council for discussion.

Mayor Pro Tem Thorpe made the motion to adopt the ordinance and seconded by Councilwoman Monica Wilson.

“I’m in support of the motion and second,” said Councilman Tony Tiscareno. “I want to congratulate the group out here for your persistence. I’m very disappointed the owners and managers weren’t here. They’re not taking this as seriously. You are taking it seriously. This is your passion and this is your community. This is your home.”

He recommended that the staff considered the rest of the ordinance at the first meeting in September.

Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock shared of her own experience in visiting the park and what she saw.

“I was out there, today looking at the park,” she said. “I was appalled at how the park managers are taking care of the park. There’s a lot of liabilities waiting to happen. The owners of this park need to be held accountable. It’s appalling. Shame on them.”

Mayor Sean Wright said, “we have a lot of sympathy and compassion for you and I thank you for coming.”

The council then voted 5-0 to approve the 45-day moratorium to a loud round of applause from the public.

“It is a 45-day moratorium and we will have it on the first council meeting in September, so we will see you then,” Wright added.

Click here, to read about the council’s approval of hiring a new Animal Services Manager.

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