Archive for the ‘Seniors’ Category

Op-Ed: Unlocking the boundless potential of aging through transit

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

CCTA partners with Choice in Aging, Mobility Matters, to provides free, door-through-door services for senior residents.

By Federal Glover, Chair, Board of Directors, Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Last week, on National Senior Citizens Day, we were reminded of the barriers that exist for our older community members. While we celebrated our elder citizens’ incredible contributions to society, we reflected on our responsibility to bolster resources that support independence as people age. One resource in particular, transportation, is a crucial component to enhancing our senior citizens’ quality of life and local governments have a responsibility to address the challenges to utilizing essential services.

Throughout California, there are public health and human resources that stay true to the theme of boundless potential in aging, but an element that often gets overlooked is transportation. Transportation, which has a uniquely human element in carrying people through life, has not been designed with senior citizens in mind. Instead, seniors often face countless institutional barriers that prevent them from taking trips to medical appointments or the grocery store – simple trips that are important for people’s independence.

At CCTA, we believe in equitable access for transportation and our “Mobility for All” model doesn’t just address cars, bikes, buses, or trains–but also the mobility needs of our veterans, people with disabilities, and seniors.

There is a gap in accessible transportation for seniors and it is critical to design transportation systems to meet the unique needs that come with aging.

CCTA’s job is to create transportation that all residents can access. Most importantly, we have a responsibility to understand the human element of transportation – to understand how people use our services beyond moving from “Point A” to “Point B”. Whether your destination is a doctor’s appointment, a family dinner, or a book club, transportation is necessary to bring you to and from the places that matter to you. 

CCTA has engaged with community members to understand how residents are using our service and what changes or needs they have. Since 2021, we have used the Accessible Transportation Strategic Plan (ATSP), which has given us direct insights into these community needs. The ATSP was born from the 2017 Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP). One of our goals of this strategic plan is to become a one-stop-shop for residents, to consolidate our resources so that residents can easily navigate services, and to understand the gaps in those services so that we can best serve our community.

CCTA partners with Choice in Aging, as well as Mobility Matters, which provides free, door-through-door services for senior residents. This system is fueled by over 160 volunteer drivers in the County. We are proud that this program has helped deliver 69,015 rides since 2005. We also support our transit partners’ para transit One Seat One Ride program. Our goal is for seniors and disabled individuals to have “one seat” journeys–so that a trip across the County does not have to involve multiple transfers between trains and buses.

CCTA is constantly looking at ways to use innovation to improve and expand services to older adults. To improve mobility in the Rossmoor Senior Community, early next year CCTA will launch an autonomous shuttle service. These shuttles will keep senior residents connected by bringing them to essential services and goods within their community.

CCTA is committed to continuing our efforts to improve transportation for our senior population. We encourage community feedback to best understand how to fulfill your needs. 

We’ve made remarkable strides but recognize that there is always more we can do to implement the vision of “Mobility for All”. We will continue to knock down barriers so that aging is not seen as a limitation– but rather boundless potential.

Antioch to open two cooling centers Saturday, Sunday July 16 & 17

Tuesday, July 11th, 2023

By City of Antioch Recreation Department

Ahead of the heat wave this weekend, the Antioch Community Center and Nick Rodriguez Community Center are open from 12pm-8pm Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th as cooling centers when temperatures reach over 102 degrees.

The City of Antioch is committed to providing a safe, cool place for residents at the Antioch Community Center and the Nick Rodriguez Community Center. Residents without home air conditioning, or with health conditions made worse with extreme heat and poor air quality are encouraged to seek out the cooling centers.

During these periods of excessive heat drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Antioch Community Center: 4703 Lone Tree Way

Nick Rodriguez Community Center: 213 F Street

Tech Tips Workshops for Seniors in Rivertown in July & August

Saturday, July 1st, 2023

Presented by TreVista Antioch Senior Living & Memory Care and City of Antioch

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Tech Tips Workshop for Seniors in Rivertown May 24

Friday, May 5th, 2023

Food Program for low-income Antioch seniors 55+ in Rivertown 2nd & 4th Wednesdays

Saturday, March 25th, 2023

Antioch Senior Center hiring front desk assistants, facility attendants

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023

The Antioch Senior Center is looking for Front Desk Assistants and Facility Attendants! Visit: for more information.

TreVista Senior Living presents free 2023 Digital Literacy Workshop Series in Antioch

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

TreVista Senior Living, partnered with the Berkley YWCA and Antioch Senior Center brings a 2023 Digital Literacy Workshop Series to local seniors. The first one will be held on Wednesday, March 22. ~~ CLICK HERE TO RSVP ONLINE 

Antioch residents celebrated for turning 102, 103

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

Amelia Smith turned 102 on Oct. 8 and Maurice Lynch turned 103 on Nov. 5, 2022. Photos courtesy of TreVista Antioch

Offer their keys to long life

By Elena Patchin, TreVista Senior Living Antioch

Amelia Smith

Our Amelia Smith turned 102 on October 8, 2022. She was born Amelia Lopes on October 8, 1920, in Vacaville. The family moved in 1936 to Brentwood where they bought an almond farm. She worked in the farm’s store and was the only sibling who graduated from Liberty High School in 1940.

Amelia married Buzz Smith who also worked in the farm during World War II. They had a daughter in 1948. Amelia is a grandmother and great-grandmother.

Asked her what the secret of long life, Amelia replied “work hard for the people you love and love them with all your heart.”

Then on November 5, Antioch resident Maurice Lynch turned 103 years old. He was born on November 5, 1919 and is a long-time Antioch resident.

Maurice Lynch

Before his birthday, we asked Maurice what he wanted for this special birthday? He said he wanted to see his daughter who lives out of state, moreover, that he wanted to celebrate his birthday with the whole family at Smith’s Landing in Antioch.

Well, this incredible organization called An Elderly Wish Foundation heard about Maurice’s wish and they made it happen! They brought his daughter and the rest of the family to him, treating everyone to an amazing dinner at Smith’s Landing to celebrate his 103rd birthday. He was over the moon.

He told us that his goal is to reach 105. When we asked him what the key to a long life is, he said, “love your family, work hard, and be kind to others.”

Way to go Maurice! A big thanks to An Elderly Wish Foundation for making this birthday a night to remember.

Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.