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“Help Desk”

“Help Desk”

Got questions? Our volunteers have answers!

The Resource Office is staffed with trained volunteers ready to provide information on services and resources for older adults. Drop by Monday 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Tuesday 12:30-3pm, Wednesday 1-3pm, Thursday 11am-1pm or Friday 1-3pm or call anytime 415-459-6700 and leave a message.

Marin Community Foundation – Successful Aging

Marin Community Foundation – Successful AgingThe growth rate of the older population in Marin is the fastest in the state. By 2010, one in four adults in the County will be over 65. The largest subset of this population growth is in the over-85 age group. The service system and other relevant resources will be pushed to new limits. As older adults age, they face increasing difficulty in remaining in their own homes or other living situations without increases in home health and other supportive services.

Older adults face a unique set of challenges, including isolation (which often leads to depression, self-medication, and other secondary problems), increased falls, malnutrition, lack of information on resources, and lack of appropriate supportive services. These challenges make this population more vulnerable to hospitalizations and unwanted institutionalization. In addition, one-third of Marin’s older adults — or 21,000 residents — are dependent upon fixed income of Social Security alone. This low-income group is the target population for the Foundation’s support of client services.

Older adults are important assets to our communities, and keeping them healthy and engaged in community life is beneficial for the County’s entire population. Community engagement in older life is correlated to improved health and quality of life and improvement of overall health indicators (e.g., reduction in depression, alcohol consumption, and isolation). Older adults with access to a highly coordinated network of health and social services along with opportunities for both community engagement and employment are more likely to age in place with maximum health and dignity. A healthy, fully-engaged older citizenry ultimately strengthens the entire community.

Directory of Services for Older Adults in Marin County

Directory of Services for Older Adults in Marin CountySince 1979, Whistlestop has produced the Directory of Services for Older Adults in Marin County, the leading resource directory for local community agencies, healthcare providers, caregivers and individuals. Click here for the Directory of Services for Older Adults.

Brown Bag Pantry

Brown Bag PantryWhistlestop’s Brown Bag Pantry offers free, healthy, fresh produce, meats and staple food items provided from the Marin/SF Food Bank. Simply bring proof of Marin residency and sign up. The pantry is open every Friday at 11:30am.

Blind and Vision Impaired of Marin (BVIM)

Blind and Vision Impaired of Marin (BVIM)BVIM helps people who are blind or low vision in Marin County, California, gain and maintain independence and advocate for the needed services and activities to improve the quality of their lives. For information on events, support groups and other services, please call 415-459-5066.

CalFresh Assistance

CalFresh AssistanceThe CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. Whistlestop offers assistance with the application process. Eligibility is determined by CalFresh.  For more information or to make an appointment, please call Multicultural Staff at 415-456-9062.

Housing Assistance for Older Adults

Housing Assistance for Older AdultsInformation: 415-456-9068.
Looking for housing options for yourself, an aging parent, relative, or friend? Struggling to make ends meet? It’s easy to feel confused and overwhelmed by all the different choices. Come get some clarity on housing choices in Marin. Call 415-456-9068 to schedule individual housing consultations.

Victim-Witness Assistance

Victim-Witness Assistance

Thursdays, January 9 and 23, 9:00am-12:00pm; No Fee

Advocate Yolanda Johnson from the District Attorney’s office answers questions, provides information, and connects you to resources. For more information, please call 415-473-6450.

Whistlesizers

Whistlesizers

Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 10:30 am; $4/5; Drop-in

Thursday, 11:00 am – Noon; $4/5; Drop-in

Join Elizabeth Lynn, instructor for gentle chair exercises and light cardio to improve your strength, flexibility and motion.

Therapeutic Medical Massage by Rabel

Therapeutic Medical Massage by Rabel

By Appointment Only. Tuesdays, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Thursdays, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. To schedule please call 415-419-4608.

Rabel is a soft tissue specialist, certified by the American Medical Massage Association. Massages are located in the alcove by Whistlestop’s Jackson Café.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi

Tai Chi: Mondays, 9:00 am – 10:30 am; $8/10; Drop-in

Beginning Tai Chi: Mondays, 9:00 am – 9:30 am

The first 30 minutes of the class will focus on the introduction to Tai Chi. Join David MacLam on a Tai Chi journey. This non-competitive martial art known for its self-defense techniques and health benefits combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness.

Covia’s Social Call Program

Covia’s Social Call ProgramAre you an older adult or a homebound or disabled individual who lives alone? Register today for free, reassuring calls three mornings a week to say, “Good morning” and check-in with you. Call 1-877-797-7299.

Free Legal Consultation

Free Legal Consultation

Thursday, by appointment only, call 415-459-6700

Legal Aid of Marin provides free 30-minute consultations for Marin County residents who are 60+. Volunteer trusts and estates lawyers give limited scope consultations on trust and estates, wills, trust administration, Health Care Directives, Powers of Attorney, and some related real estate matters.