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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Friendships Blossom Through Translators

“Communication is everything, and these translators have been a game-changer,” shares CEI driver Fernando Navarro. “Every day has been better ever since these translators arrived. Communication is clear, and we can relate to each other. But the key thing is that the seniors know I’m ready to help.” A full 50% of CEI participants speak…

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