Scotts Valley Senior Life Association (SVSLA) has made the following grants to benefit senior citizens in the Scotts Valley area:
Exercise Machine at Montevalle
Montevalle raised funds and SVSLA provided a matching grant to purchase an exercise machine for Montevalle residents. This machine can improve strength, balance, coordination and health.
Grant for Urgent Safety Improvements at Spring Lakes Park
SVSLA provided a grant for urgent Safety Improvements at Spring Lakes Park senior residential community.
AED unit for Spring Lakes Park
A potentially life-saving Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was installed in the Spring Lakes Park community assembly hall where large gatherings of seniors meet socially. Watch this instructional video of the AED Demonstration presented by Armando Gomez, Senior Paramedic with the Scotts Valley Fire Department, at Spring Lakes Park.
New patio umbrellas for the Scotts Valley Senior Center
This grant provided three new patio umbrellas for the back deck of the Scotts Valley Senior Center for the community to enjoy.
Replaced the dishwasher and stove at the Montevalle Lodge
Montevalle’s Lodge received a new dishwasher/sanitizer and new stove to replace its very old ones. Montevalle’s Lodge has been donated for years without charge for SVSLA’s monthly Dine-Out program. This equipment is used at these events.
AED unit for Montevalle
A potentially life-saving Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was installed in the Montevalle community assembly hall where large gatherings of seniors meet socially and to exercise. A training and maintenance program was set up for the unit. Watch this instructional video about how to use Montevalle’s AED device. Connie Golden and Karen Bonnie chaired this project.
Solo Dancing Instructional Video for Seniors
This grant produced a video of this unique dance program along with lesson plans and a syllabus so other senior groups can learn of and enjoy this fun way to exercise. Ruth and Herb Fogel and Neil Martin chaired this project. To obtain the instructional video and lesson plans, contact Christy Drewry by email or by phone at (831) 439-8453.
Past EventsScotts Valley Senior Life Association has completed the following programs which provided seniors in the community with educational and social opportunities that promote healthy living habits:
Alternative & Complementary Medicine Program
A panel of well-known experts in the field of alternative medicine discussed how acupuncture, medical marijuana, herbal medicine and nutrition may remedy ailments common to seniors. The placebo effect was also discussed. Dr. Michael Tierra, OMD; Valerie Corral of WAMM; Richard B. Goldberg, PhD., Holistic Nutrition; and Dr. Morris Barenfus, emeritus science professor, also answered the audience’s questions about these topics. Watch and listen to videos of the speakers’ presentations below (including captions), produced by by George A. Haas.
- » Introduction to Alternative Medicine, Dave Hodgin, Scotts Valley Senior Life Association President (video, 8 minutes)
- » Acupuncture therapies and techniques, Dr. Michael Tierra, OMD (video, 24 minutes)
- » Therapeutic uses of Medical Marijuana, Valerie Corral, co-founder and director of WAMM (video, 23 minutes)
- » Nutrition, Richard A. Goldberg, PhD., holistic nutritionist (video, 21 minutes)
- » Herbal Medicine, Dr. Michael Tierra, OMD (video, 19 minutes)
- » The Placebo Effect, Dr. Morris Barenfus, science professor emeritus (video, 26 minutes)
Scotts Valley State of the City Address 2018
Mayor Jim Reed, city council members, and other city officials presented an impressive and informative Scotts Valley ‘State of the City Address’ covering topics such as fiscal sustainability initiatives, long-term community planning efforts, town center and city-wide development activity. Watch and listen to each speaker’s presentation below (videos by George A. Haas).
- » Mayor Jim Reed (video, 32 minutes)
- » Questions & Answers (video, 27 minutes)
- » Scotts Valley Unified School District Director Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Michelle Stewart & Scotts Valley Education Foundation President Derek Timm (video, 19 minutes)
- » General Manager Scotts Valley Water District Piret Harmon (video, 14 minutes)
- » Fire Chief Steve Kovacs (video, 14 minutes)
- » Police Chief Steve Walpole (video, 11 minutes)
- » Scotts Valley citizen Stephanie Aguilar (video, 6 minutes)
Cancer Prevention Workshop
Education is the first step. A representative of the American Cancer Society discussed cancer prevention guidelines and services available for those needing help finding the right treatment. Watch a 12-minute video of this live presentation by George A. Haas.
Scotts Valley State of the City Address 2017
Mayor Randy Johnson moderated and presented the Scotts Valley ‘State of the City Address’. The panel of city officials were Police Chief, Steve Walpole, Fire Chief, Steve Kovacs, and City Manager, Jenny Haruyama. Also in attendance were city council members Jim Reed (Vice Mayor), Donna Lind and Jack Dilles, and Sotts Valley Water District General Manager, Piret Harmon. Discussed were Scotts Valley’s plans for development of new business, commerce, residential housing, city infrastructure and more. Read a write-up” or watch a video of this live event by George A. Haas in 2 formats:
- » 1 hr, 48 minutes
- » 54 minutes—with text search function, no presentation by the city manager or Q&As at end. To search for specific words in this video, 1) click the “…” ellipsis below the lower right corner of the video frame, 2) click “Open transcript”, 3) select the text phrase to search for below
Healthy Wealth Workshop
This seminar discussed strategies to assist seniors increase their wealth. Independent Financial Planners George Haas and Anthony Rovai discussed important financial topics such as the pros and cons of annuities, putting your money to work, protecting your assets during turbulent times, reverse mortgages and more.
Health Fair on the topic of Sleep Apnea
Dr. Tony Masri, board certified neurologist specializing in sleep disorders and partner in the Sleep Health MD medical group in Santa Cruz, discussed the risks, symptoms and treatments for this common disorder. Dr. Masri also answered questions and distributed a self-assessment questionnaire to determine if you or a loved one might have a sleep disorder. Dr. Masri introduces what sleep apnea is in this video, and discusses sleep disorders in general in this video. Spring Lakes Park President, Dick Hancey, MD, handled the details.
Scotts Valley State of the City Address 2016
Mayor Donna Lind and other City of Scotts Valley officials gave a “State of the City Address”. Discussed were Scotts Valley’s plans for development of new business, a health facility, a performing arts center, groundwater sustainability, UCSC buildings and more. Read a write-up of this informative presentation and watch a video of the live event by George A. Haas. Julie Mazurek handled the details.
Shirley Sapena, Outreach Coordinator at Hospice of Santa Cruz County, gave a presentation about Hospice’s mission, services, care, and eligibility requirements. She also discussed preparing personal planning documents, such as an Advanced Healthcare Directive.
Tax Information for Seniors
Axel Funke and a panel of local tax specialists gave a presentation and answered questions about tax considerations of which senior citizens should be aware.
Life Planning Event
Axel Funke, Moderator; Patrick Welch, fiduciary; and Lucille De Jardins and Andrew Danner, attornies, answered questions about trusts, wills, and tax considerations for seniors. Download the useful handouts from this event:
Community Dinner Program
SVSLA hosts fresh-cooked dinners in a community setting where seniors enjoy healthy meals dining and socializing with their neighbors.
Senior Safety Event
Diane Cohan, Chair, introduced a large number of speakers who discussed safety concerns. Speakers included Scotts Valley Fire Chief, Dan Grebil; Scotts Valley Police Chief, John Weiss; Presiding Superior Court Judge, Paul Marigonda; Assemblyman Mark Stone; County Supervisor Bruce McPherson; emergency response team, etc.
Shawna Riddle, MD, and Terri Primavera and Leah Santos of Dominican Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department, provided information about strokes.
Medical experts provided information about how to have a healthy heart. Richard Smith, MD, a Montevalle resident, chaired the event. Speakers included Supervisor Dominican Lifestyle Management, Eric Hand, MA; and Dominican Dietician, Sherri Harrell, MS.
The Alzheimer’s Association gave a presentation on Alzheimer’s disease.
Dave Bengtson described his life with diabetes. Jennifer Kingsley and Melissa DeVera, from the Dominican Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program, presented information about the disease.
Accent on Mobility
Experts in the field of joint care and treatment discussed mobility concerns. “Total Joint Care,” by Dominican Pain Management; “Knee Pain,” by Dr. Reynolds, Santa Cruz Orthopedic Institute; and “Hip Pain and Treatment,” by Dr. Abidi, Santa Cruz Orthopedic.
A panel of experts discussed health concerns of seniors. “Medicare 101,” by Debbie Reed, Senior Network; “The Maturing Eye,” by Rex Hsei, MD, Bay Eye Medical; “Understanding Alzheimer’s,” David Resnick-Sannes, MD, Scotts Valley Family Practice; “Stroke Prevention,” by Jimmy Chung, MD, Surgical Association of Monterey Bay.
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