The Senior Connections program is funded through Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). It is designed to build/maintain a healthy and resilient aging population and reduce the need for mild to moderate mental health services in this population by meeting their needs of connection to each other, their community, and services and resources relevant to them. To do this, the program provides services for the home-bound as well as active seniors, ages 60+, designed to decrease isolation and improve whole health through social connections and information dissemination.
Senior Connections home visiting works with home-bound individuals, communities, and services to relieve isolation and encourage connection. Home visitors complete at least one assessment for each home-bound senior a year, and additional check-ins and case management as needed for those in need of intensive services, deemed at risk, or who are likely to experience a major life change. The home-visiting program fosters and utilizes many community partnerships to provide clients with the services they need such as Senior Services, Veterans Services, local resource centers, Area Agency on Aging, Hospitals, work groups, etc. To be a resource hub and provide effective case management requires staff to engage directly in, and act as a catalyst for resource coordination within our own and other agencies throughout the county and region.
An example of leveraging diverse partnerships is the Senior Mobile Book Project. Engagement with home-bound seniors identified a need for reading material. PCPHA collaborated with Friends of the Quincy Public Library and Community Connections to provide isolated seniors with a mobile book program.
Senior Connections also provides events and information dissemination that links seniors with each other and their community. The quarterly Senior Newsletter and monthly e-blasts provide timely information to seniors on issues that affect them and share relevant local events, services, and programs. Some of the events provided by this program include the annual Senior Summit, which provides a space for seniors to connect, share and learn about available resources, and the Age Well, Live Well series, seminars on health and aging provided by local experts. We are not providing weekly activities at each senior nutrition site at this time, but plan to in the future.
Below you will find past editions of our Plumas Senior Newsletter.
|Year||Winter Edition||Spring Edition||Summer Edition||Fall Edition|
|2017||Winter (PDF)||Spring (PDF)||Summer (PDF)||Fall (PDF)|
|2016||Winter (PDF)||Spring (PDF)||Summer (PDF)||Fall (PDF)|
|Spring (PDF)||n/a||Fall (PDF)|
|Spring (PDF)||Summer (PDF)||n/a|
|2013||Spring (PDF)||Summer (PDF)||Fall (PDF)|
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PASSAGES helps caregivers and older adults lead healthier, happier, and more rewarding lives by providing and supporting the critical services and community resources they need. As the leader in meeting the needs of people who are impacted by aging and caregiving, they are the experts in our service area and beyond.
The majority of the services provided and programs are free of charge. Passages match individual needs to existing community services so clients may experience a better quality of life. Passages is located in Chico but provides some services in Plumas County.
Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP)
Medicare Counseling and so much more… The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is a free service of PASSAGES that helps people with Medicare issues regardless of age. Maintained by state-registered, trained staff counselors and volunteers, this critical program provides hands-on objective information and problem resolution about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, and supplemental plans such as Medigap, prescription drug plans, government assistance programs, and long-term care insurance. For more information about how HICAP Medicare counselors can help you go to the California Health Advocates website.
Medicare: Policy, Advocacy, and Education
This is a non-profit organization dedicated to Medicare advocacy and education for Californians. This website provides accurate and unbiased information about Medicare benefits and long-term care for people who live in California. To get individual Medicare counseling contact the local HICAP Office.
Click on the links below to learn about these Medicare topics:
- Your prescription drug coverage;
- Low-income programs and the basics of your Medicare benefits;
- How Medigap (a private insurance policy) can supplement your coverage;
- Preventing Medicare Fraud and Abuse and our Senior Medicare Patrol Project;
- Long-term care options.
California Department of Aging
Promoting the independence and well-being of older adults, adults with disabilities, and families through:
- Access to information and services to improve the quality of their lives;
- Opportunities for community involvement; and
- Support for family members providing care; and
- Collaboration with other state and local agencies.
- Learn more about CDA
Statistics and Data
Find the Plumas County, Resource Guide (PDF).