Maria Garcia: Dancing and Laughing to Health

Maria Lopez Garcia, PACE participant at Center for Elders' Independence

The vibrant Maria Lopez Garcia, nicknamed “JLo” can be easily recognized at the East Oakland PACE Center from her hearty laugh, often from the center of a dance circle. A native Spanish speaker, she discovered a renewed sense of well-being and joy through the innovative healthcare service model of PACE, provided by Center for Elders’…

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Rose in Bloom: A PACE Participant Profile

PACE Participant: Rose Usher in Bloom

The Importance of Social Connection in Older Adults As one ages, keeping the social connections necessary to find happiness and fight isolation gets more challenging. Research has shown that loneliness can be as damaging to the health as smoking or obesity. Luckily, solutions are at hand. “After my husband passed away suddenly of a heart…

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Senior Digital Literacy and Social Engagement Boosts Health

After 20 years of working at the Port of Oakland, Collins returned to college at age 40 earning a degree in Early Childhood Education. She then operated a childcare business for 10 years, teaching close to 500 preschoolers, many with special needs. She was ready for a change in 2008 and joined Center for Elders…

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A Friend, Mother, and Social Butterfly Adapts to Change

Ms. Carole Wilson has always been hard working. In order to help provide for her two kids and husband, at times she worked two jobs. In fact, in her 30s, she worked at five fast food restaurants: McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Boston Market, and Arby’s. Though she liked working at the restaurants because she got…

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Mother and Daughter Tag Team in Life and in Health

Mother and daughter Jimmie and Jill Beardsley live together and are close. Jimmie Beardsley, the mother in the power duo, says, “We depend on each other a lot.” And Ms. Jill agrees. “We keep it real though,” she laughs, “and we enjoy each other.” A natural bond strengthens with help It’s because of their love…

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Staying Mobile during the Pandemic

With COVID-19 restrictions and precautions in place, Mr. Ervin Vinson visits the center once a week. He says with fewer people around, the center has changed, but that he’s never felt so loved.

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