"Operation Independence" Empowers Seniors, Caregivers

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"Operation Independence" Empowers Seniors, Caregivers

For an example of how the senior center enriches the lives of families, one needs to look no further than Tatiana Hom.

At the age of 19, Tatiana found herself as the sole caretaker to her grandmother, the woman who raised her from infancy. Her grandmother had once founded the Postal Street Academy in San Francisco and taught literature at a San Francisco State College, but is now wheelchair bound with Alzheimer's Disease. It became a stressful situation for Tatiana to deal with, especially as a teen.

Eventually, Tatiana sought help at the Sheridan Senior Center, and was surprised to find friends there who had known her all her life, but didn't realize the tremendous responsibility she was now shouldering. Stella Montano, Director of Family Caregiver Services, helped Tatiana get set up with a more livable, sustainable situation.

Tatiana also takes advantage of the center's volunteer substitute caregiver program to allow her to go to school and run errands.

The Senior Center is currently busy wrapping up its annual mailing campaign entitled “Operation Independence.” However, there's still time to contribute, if you haven't already, to keep our community's senior services comprehensive.

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