For doctors today, time is the scarcest resource. One consequence is that physicians are rarely able to be the comprehensive resource many patients, especially older patients, crave.
Now there’s a new free resource to turn to in southern and central San Mateo County.
The Sequoia Healthcare District has launched an initiative called 70 Strong in partnership with the non-profit Peninsula Family Service. For patients ages 70 and up and for their family, friends and caregivers, 70 Strong is a comprehensive community hub that connects people with a range of free and low-cost resources, activities, services and volunteer opportunities.
There are several ways to access 70 Strong:
Online: 70 Strong is an online resource at 70strong.org that links people to more than 300 partner organizations focused on health, wellness and fitness; community engagement; and aging in place.
On the phone: 70 Strong’s Community Navigators answer phone calls at 650.780.7547.
In person:Community Navigators make the rounds at various locations, including the Belmont Library; Casa de Redwood, a Redwood City affordable housing community; and San Carlos Adult Community Center, to serve as guides to the range of services and activities available in the area.
Navigators even make home visits for free to older adults and seniors who live in the District, which encompasses Atherton, Belmont, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, San Carlos and Woodside, and parts of Foster City, Menlo Park and San Mateo.
“For doctors who want to see their patients leading healthier, more fulfilling, more active and more engaged lives, no resource compares to what 70 Strong has to offer,” says Dr. Jerry Shefren, a board member of Sequoia Healthcare District. “It certainly can help patients deal with medical issues, and it also offers much more, a comprehensive resource for older members of our community. Please try it and spread the word.”
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Among the Resources: Enrichment classes, social groups, volunteer opportunities, support groups, home care, hospitals, community clinics, transportation including free rides from Lyft, food services and housing.