NCPH Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Nevada County Public Health Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

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Highlights:

  • Nevada County is announcing its first laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
  • The person is an adult, resides in Eastern County, and has been isolated at home.
  • There are ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Testing is available though limited, and those with severe illness or vulnerabilities will be prioritized at this time

Nevada County Public Health Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

The person recently traveled outside the country, and at this time it appears the disease was acquired during international travel, but we are still in the earliest stages of investigation. The person’s close household contacts are under quarantine and have no symptoms at this time. The person was not out in the community while ill.

“Our team has been planning to see COVID-19 in Nevada County and we have been working with local partners such as local health providers, schools, and business community to prepare,” said Nevada County Public Health Officer Dr. Ken Cutler. “We have seen how the virus has been transmitted through the community in other states and in parts of California, and we recommend the public prepare for community transmission in Nevada County, unrelated to this case, as well.”

“We are working around the clock to make sure residents have the best information possible and are informed to help slow the spread of this disease. There are actions community members can take to help protect themselves, their families and coworkers. By taking simple, but effective steps together we can slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Cutler.

How To Protect Yourself and Others

  • Self-isolate if you are 65 years of age older OR if you have a compromised immune system or a serious underlying medical condition. This effort will help protect those most vulnerable to serious illness caused by this disease.
  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Follow guidance from public health officials. Find local coronavirus information at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus.

In addition, Nevada County Public Health states that with increased community transmission across the state and increasing numbers of cases in nearby counties, we should assume that there are likely undetected cases and act as though there is community transmission occurring in Nevada County, so everyone should be aware and practice the recommended steps to keep themselves healthy, including social distancing. Public Health is working with partners in health care, education, business, law enforcement and others to prevent and slow the spread of this illness, and every community member will need to do their part as well if we want to preserve the public health and safety of our county’s residents.

COVID-19 Testing

While the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 is in the headlines and is a genuine public health threat, the community should know that there is still quite a bit of flu activity and other health emergencies continue to happen on a regular basis. People have other serious respiratory illnesses, heart attacks, broken bones, etc., and while our small, rural community has an excellent local health system, it can easily be saturated and overwhelmed if people try to access unnecessary care. Public Health is in regular contact with our hospitals and other health care partners, and we are working collectively to inform concerned community members about how to care for themselves while remaining sensitive to the capacity of our local health care systems.

One of the most common questions being asked of us all is, “Can I be tested for coronavirus?” Here is what we want everyone to know:

  • The demand for COVID-19 testing continues to exceed capacity, though expanded testing remains a high priority.
  • In general, testing for the COVID-19 virus is not helpful if you do not have symptoms.
  • Most people will get better with rest and self-care, so there is no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms. If you have symptoms similar to a cold and you feel like you can manage them with over-the-counter medications from the comfort of your home, that is what you should do, regardless of whether or not it could be COVID-19. Also, please stay home to limit exposure to others.
  • If you are sick, your health care provider may decide to do a test for coronavirus. At this time only health care providers can order tests for COVID-19. Again, since most people will get better with rest and time, there is no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms. If you are sick and think you should be tested for COVID-19, call your doctor before going in for care. If you don’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 (or 833-342-5211) for help finding a clinician near you.
  • Certain patients such as the elderly, those that are immune compromised or have underlying medical conditions should contact their doctor earlier if they have symptoms. Again, they should contact their clinic or provider before going in.
  • Please do not call 911 to request testing for COVID-19 and please do not go to emergency rooms unless you are seriously ill and require emergency care.

Protecting our local health care system will require prudence and commitment from us all. Please help us ensure that care is available for those most in need of it.

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News & Updates

3/18/20: Healthcare professionals are needed as volunteers to assist in the fight against COVID-19

If you are a healthcare provider with an active license, a public health professional, or a member of a medical disaster response team in California who would like to volunteer for disaster service, please register at the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Site. Here you’ll find the online registration system for medical and healthcare volunteers.

3/18/20: Gold Country Stage and Gold Country LIFT offer free fares

To make transit easily accessible to those who need it, Nevada County Transit is offering fare free service on both Gold Country Stage fixed route and Gold Country Lift paratransit services effective March 19, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Read more.

3/18/20: Accessing Nevada County Behavioral Health Services

Nevada County Behavioral Health Director Phebe Bell shared the following information:

Our primary goal is to keep our clients, staff and community healthy and safe while also ensuring that access to critical services can continue.  To that end, we want to share with you the best ways for people to access our services:

  • As of 3/19, all of our lobbies will be closed to the public. People will only be allowed in by appointment (after they have been screened for symptoms of illness).
  • Almost all services will continue, but will primarily move to phone and video. This includes ongoing psychiatry appointments, medication management, therapy appointments, and some case management. We recognize some people do not have access to phones or other technology and will handle these situations on an individual basis.
  • We are still open to new clients.  As always, clients can call our Access line at 530-265-1437 for Adult Services and 530-470-2736 for Children’s Services. Callers will be connected to a clinician who will screen them and complete an assessment through phone or video and connect them to any needed ongoing services. Individuals may be brought into our offices on an appointment basis for necessary paperwork, medical screenings, or other needs.
  • Substance Use Disorder assessments for residential treatment will also happen by phone or video.  Drop-in clinic hours of 9-12, Monday-Friday are now available by phone call. Please call 530-265-1437 and a clinician will provide an assessment and possible authorization for treatment by phone or video.
  • All crisis assessments will continue as usual, as will related crisis services such as the Crisis Stabilization Unit, hospitalizations, and discharge planning. Our Crisis Line is always available 24 hours per day at 530-265-5811.

3/18/20: Primary Care Providers Accepting new patients

The following providers ARE accepting new patients:

Dr. Bouchier’s Office, 477-7390
Accepts Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid (ABC), MediMedi, Medicare, PPO/HMO
Does NOT accept CA Health & Wellness (CHW) or straight MediCal

Dr. Gill’s Office, 273-8452
Accepts Medicare, Medi Medi, PPO, HMO, Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid (ABC)
Does NOT accept CA Health & Wellness (CHW) or straight MediCal

Sierra Care Physicians, 272-9770
Accepts Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid (ABC), PPO, HMO, Medicare
Does NOT accept Western Health Advantage

Sierra Care Pediatrics, 272-9780
Accepts Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid (ABC), PPO, HMO, Medicare
Does NOT accept Western Health Advantage

Dr. Wallace & Dr. Lucas Ross, 477-4455
Accept PPO, HMO, Medicare, MediMedi
Does NOT accept CA Health & Wellness (CHW), Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid (ABC), or straight MediCal

Stallant Health (in Weimar), 637-4025
Accept EVERYTHING! (They have medical, dental, chiropractic)

3/18/20: County of Nevada, City of Grass Valley and City of Nevada City Limit Public Counter Services and Temporarily Close Buildings Starting March 19th

The County, City of Grass Valley and City of Nevada City continue to jointly respond to coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, by implementing social distancing protocols. Coronavirus continues to be an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. We thank our community partners who are making all efforts to help protect the community, from practicing social distancing to following the state and federal guidelines for gatherings. By following the best practices our community can help flatten the bell curve of those possibly contracting COVID-19, help guard against our local health care systems becoming overwhelmed, and protect those most vulnerable to coronavirus in our community. Read more.

3/17/20: Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Now at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will begin drive-through Covid-19 testing from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday (3/17 & 3/18).

If you are symptomatic and meet criteria for testing, Nevada County residents should call their primary care doctor. If the doctor agrees that an individual needs to be tested, the doctor can fax an order to the hospital.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will call the patient to set up an appointment drive-through time. Please do not attempt to go to the testing drive-through without a previously set-up appointment.

3/16/20: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues

3/16/20: Nevada County Public Health Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

  • Nevada County is announcing its first laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
  • The person is an adult, resides in Eastern County, and has been isolated at home.
  • There are ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Testing is available though limited, and those with severe illness or vulnerabilities will be prioritized at this time

Read more.

3/15/20: CDC updates guidance on mass/large gatherings

The CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populationshand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual. Read more.

3/15/20: Governor Newsom hosts media conference on new State COVID-19 guidance

The news conference included the following:

Directives for Bars and Restaurants

  • Bars/brew pubs/wine bars/pubs: Closure.
  • Restaurants: reduce occupancy by approximately 50%. Maintain social distancing for those at the restaurant, specifically the 6’ distancing guidance.
  • Restaurants may want to consider food deliveries in lieu of onsite dining.

Directives for Individuals who are 65+

  • The governor’s guidance is that people 65+ should self-isolate starting immediately.
  • Self-isolation means staying inside your home as much as possible.
    • Do not leave home unless necessary, such as to seek medical care.
    • As much as possible, limit your contact with other people.
    • You should avoid having visitors to your home, but it is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food and supplies.
    • Where possible, contact a friend, family member or delivery services to carry out errands like supermarket shopping on your behalf.

At this time, the restrictions included in these directives will not be enforced by law enforcement or others. The Governor is asking for these restrictions to be socially, voluntarily adopted.

3/15/20: All Nevada County Libraries Temporarily Closed through April 12, 2020

Beginning March 16th, all Nevada County Library locations will be closed to the public through April 12th in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus in our community. Various programs are being developed into virtual formats to be accessed from home. Learn more.

3/14/20: Homeless Plan and Fact Sheet for Community Service Providers

The County of Nevada has created a website with a Homeless Plan and Fact Sheet for community service providers. The plan follows guidance from local, State, and Federal resources. View the Plan and Fact Sheet.

3/14/20: The Bear River Library  is closed until April 13, 2020.

All other Nevada County Library locations will remain open. However, as a precautionary measure all special programming will be canceled until April 13, 2020. Learn more.

3/14/20 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES/EMPLOYERS

The Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) is offering this resource to provide general information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 (the illness caused by the virus), recommend strategies for employers to use to prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including novel coronavirus, and to guide the management of employees who have recently returned to Nevada County from an area with known transmission of the novel coronavirus or who have had a known exposure to a laboratory confirmed case. This guidance is based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who are charged with the management of the response to the novel coronavirus across the UnitedStates. Read the full document.

3/13/20: Nevada County Superintendent of Schools announces transition to distance learning.

Nevada County public schools will implement processes to transition all in person/face-to-face instruction to “distance learning,” This directive is effective as of Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m. and will run until Monday, April 13 (pending further notifications).

3/13/20: Tahoe Truckee School District closing school, effective Monday, March 16th

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District announced it will close its schools, effective March 16 through April 3, following Placer County Public Health announcing the closure of all county schools due to concerns over coronavirus. Read more.

3/13/20: NID Media Release – Rest assured: area tap water is safe to drink

3/12/20: Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital statement on COVID-19

3/12/20: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Releases Guidance on Gatherings

“To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, gatherings as described below should be postponed or canceled across the state of California for at least the remainder of the month of March.

The California Department of Public Health finds the following:

  • Large gatherings that include 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled.
    • This includes gatherings such as concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events.
  • Smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled.
    • This includes gatherings in crowded auditoriums, rooms or other venues.
  • Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people.
    • This includes gatherings such as those at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes, and support groups for people with health conditions.
  • A “gathering” is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space.”

Read the full document here.

3/11/20: Nevada County has had ten persons under investigation (PUIs) for coronavirus, nine of whom have tested negative for COVID-19. The one that is currently under investigation for COVID-19 is being tested, and there are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nevada County.

3/9/20: State Health & Emergency Officials Encourage Individuals at Higher Risk of Severe Illness due to COVID-19 to Take Precautions

Update 3/9/20: KVMR’s interview with Nevada County Public Health Nursing Director Cindy Wilson

Listen to KVMR’s interview with Nevada County Public Health Nursing Director Cindy Wilson and County staff discussing how we can all help slow the spread and how local agencies are responding.  The interview starts at approximately the 8-minute mark. (Recorded on Friday, March 6, 2020)

Update 3/8/20: Sierra College declares “Campus State of Emergency” to minimize number of people on campus.

Update 3/8/20: State Health & Emergency Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

Update 3/7/20: California releases updated guidance for schools, colleges & large public events to prepare and protect Californians from COVID-19.

Update 3/6/20: Placer County Public Health confirms 3 new COVID-19 cases.

Update 3/6/2020: Governor Newsom, State Health Officials Announce More than 22 Million Californians Now Eligible for Free Medically Necessary COVID-19 Testing.

Update 3/4/2020: Nevada County Declares Local Health Emergency to Increase Coronavirus Response Resources

Nevada County is declaring a local health emergency and local emergency in response to the emerging, rapidly evolving situation and increasing spread of novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. There are no known cases of coronavirus in Nevada County currently.

“Nevada County Public Health has ramped up preparedness activities as we’ve seen COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, spread in California, and diagnosed most recently in Placer County,” said Jill Blake, Nevada County Public Health Director. “These declarations enhance Nevada County’s ability to proactively respond to local needs if or when a confirmed coronavirus case happens in Nevada County.”

The emergency declarations allow the County access to additional resources such as mutual aid, financial reimbursement and increased coordination with state and local partners. The local and health emergencies will be considered for ratification by the Board of Supervisors at their March 10th meeting next week.

“In addition to increasing our resources with emergency declarations, our Emergency Preparedness Program has been reaching out to their health care coalition partners, such as skilled nursing and residential care facilities, daily if not more frequently,” added Jill Blake. “We are making sure our community partners have the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus and are thinking about their Personal Protective Equipment resources and preparedness plans.”

Following the recent death of an elderly adult who contracted coronavirus in Placer County, Nevada County encourages the community to prepare for the possibility of local, sustained community transmission.

“We know that being elderly and having underlying health conditions greatly increases the risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19 and of dying from this illness, whereas healthy, younger populations might only experience mild flu-like symptoms,” continues Jill Blake. “Like Placer, we are encouraging our residents that are healthy and not at a higher risk to reach out to those more vulnerable and help them plan for the possibility of transmission of coronavirus in Nevada County. We are calling on all our community partners, from our in-home care facilities to those who have elderly neighbors, to help slow the spread and think through their own preparedness plans.”

The community can help slow the spread of coronavirus by:

  • Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
  • Coughing into a tissue or your elbow if a tissue isn’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially with unwashed hands.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. Nevada County Environmental Health has created recommendations for homes with known or suspected coronavirus infections (PDF).
  • Keeping your distance from people who are sick, especially if they have a respiratory virus. If you think you are exhibiting symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and have been exposed to the coronavirus, call your local health care provider. Contacting them in advance will make sure that people can get the care they need without putting others at risk.

Since there are no diagnosed local cases currently in Nevada County, now is a great time to prepare for an actual event. Public Health is asking the community to consider how they might adjust if daily routines are disrupted by an outbreak:

  • Can you work from home/remotely?
  • What are your transportation plans if public transportation is disrupted?
  • If schools are closed, do you have an alternate plan for childcare?
  • Do you have enough food, medications and other necessities to sustain you and your family if you needed to stay home?

Find local coronavirus resources and updates at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus. Public Health has activated Connecting Point’s Call Center to answer community questions. Connecting Point can provide callers up-to-date information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and connect residents to other resources. Dial 2-1-1 or 833-DIAL211 (833-342-5211) to talk with a call center representative. Residents are also able to subscribe to receive related media releases at www.mynevadacounty.com/stayinformed by following the subscription directions to subscribe for “Public Health – Coronavirus” under the News Flash category.

Additional Information

Update 3/4/2020: Patient With COVID-19 Has Died, Placer County Says

Placer County Public Health is reporting that a resident has died of COVID-19. The person, an elderly adult with underlying health conditions, was the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county and is now the first to die from the illness in California.

Update 3/1/20: Still No Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Nevada County

There are no known cases of coronavirus in Nevada County currently. However, with nearby confirmed cases in Solano County there continue to be rumors about the possibility of local cases in Nevada County. We want to assure our Nevada County community that there are no confirmed cases currently and local health care providers are partnering closely with Nevada County Public Health to be able to quickly respond if a possible coronavirus case were to happen here. Nevada County Public Health will inform the public if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in Nevada County.

In the meantime, it is highly encouraged for the community to prepare for the possibility of coronavirus transmission in Nevada County. The best way to help to slow the spread of germs is to:

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water (pro tip: sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself to make sure you are washing long enough).
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow if a tissue isn’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Nevada County Environmental Health has created recommendations for homes with known or suspected coronavirus infections (PDF).
  • Keep your distance from people who are sick, especially if they have a respiratory virus. If you think you are exhibiting symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and have been exposed to the coronavirus, call your local health care provider. Contacting them in advance will ensure that you can get the care you need without putting others at risk.

To help keep the public informed, Public Health is working continually to update the www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus website with new information, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

UPDATED FAQS

I am exhibiting symptoms like one would have with COVID019 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and may have been exposed. What should I do?

If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough or shortness of breath, and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider before seeking care. Contacting them in advance will ensure that you can get the care you need without putting others at risk. Please be sure to tell your health care provider about your travel history. You can also take the following precautionary measures:

Nevada County Environmental Health has created recommendations for homes with known or suspected coronavirus infections (PDF).

Who do I contact if I don’t have a primary care physician or regular health care provider?

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) like Western Sierra Medical Clinic (in Grass Valley and Kings Beach), Sierra Family Medical, and Chapa De Indian Health can be called if you do not have a primary care physician or regular health care provider. Remember that if you feel you have been exposed or are exhibiting symptoms, contacting them in advance will ensure that you can get the care you need without putting others at risk.

How does the coronavirus test work?

The California Department of Public Health announced on February 28, 2020 that new CDC test kits used to detect Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are now available in California can be used to do diagnostic testing in the community. California will immediately receive an additional shipment of kits to test up to 1,200 people. This means California public health officials will get test results sooner, so that any patients will get the best care (source: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx).

How do I get tested for coronavirus?

If you think you are exhibiting symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and have been exposed to the coronavirus, call your local health care provider. If your health care provider has reason to believe a test is needed, they will work with Nevada County Public Health (or your local public health department) about providing testing through the California Department of Public Health or the CDC.

I don’t have any symptoms, but I think I may have been exposed to coronavirus. What should I do?

If you have recently traveled to an area under travel advisory or have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19, first contact your local health care provider. You can also let Nevada County Public Health (or your local health department) know by emailing public.health@co.nevada.ca.us.

Are there medications I should keep on hand?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended to treat this specific illness at this time. Appropriate care for those diagnosed with COVID-19 will depend on the severity of symptoms and will include steps to relieve those symptoms. Make sure you are taking care of yourself by drinking plenty of fluids and getting rest. Like with other respiratory illnesses, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers may help with symptoms and could be good to keep on-hand.

For More Information

Nevada County Public Health has activated Connecting Point’s Call Center to answer community questions. Connecting Point can provide callers up-to-date information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and connect residents to other resources. Dial 2-1-1 or 833-DIAL211 (833-342-5211) to talk with a call center representative.

Residents are also able to subscribe to receive related media releases at www.mynevadacounty.com/stayinformed by following the subscription directions to subscribe for “Public Health – Coronavirus” under the News Flash category.

The Nevada County Public Health Department continues to work closely with County departments such as the Office of Emergency Services and Environmental Health, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 (the illness caused by the virus), which originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. This includes preparing with the community for the possibility of local, sustained community transmission.

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Please look to sources such as Nevada County Public HealthCDPH, and the CDC for the most accurate information. Nevada County Public Health will provide local, updated information as it becomes available at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus. Residents, businesses and local agencies can find recommendations on how they can help slow the spread of illness like COVID-19 and how we can all prepare for the possibility of local transmission in our community.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes with Upcoming Class

Connecting Point is hosting a free workshop to help Nevada County residents prioritize their long-term health.

The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their caregivers. Get proactive, take control of your health, and gain valuable tools to make more informed health decisions. You’ll leave this six-week class with a better understanding of the human body, learn about risk factors for diabetes, and gain tools for self-care, symptom management, exercise, and meal planning.

Diabetes Self-Management classes are on Tuesdays, February 11th through March 17th from 2:00-4:00 pm at Connecting Point, 208 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

All Connecting Point classes are free and open to the public. Diabetes Self-Management is offered in partnership with Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with assistance from the Nevada County Public Health Department.

For more information or to register, call Karen at 530-274-5601 or register online at connectingpoint.org/events.

Take Charge of Your Health with Upcoming Class

Connecting Point is hosting a free workshop to help Nevada County residents prioritize their long-term health.

Living Well with a Chronic Condition is geared toward folks with health conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, depression, and emphysema. Over this 6-week course, participants will share experiences, make action plans, and problem-solve alongside others with chronic conditions. This innovative and interactive workshop will help you improve your quality of life and lower your health care costs. You’ll learn techniques for dealing with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation; build your strength and endurance; and learn how to effectively communicate with family, friends, and health professionals.

Living Well with a Chronic Condition classes are on Thursdays, January 16th through February 20th from 2:00-4:30 pm at the Cedar Park Apartments Community Room, 210 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

All Connecting Point classes are free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, call Karen at 530-274-5601 or register online at connectingpoint.org/events.

Schedule Your Free AARP Tax Prep Appointment

211 is now scheduling appointments for free tax preparation & electronic filing services of both Federal & State tax returns. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year and work hard to make sure you get every tax credit and deduction you’ve earned. There is no fee and no sales pitch for other services.  AARP membership is not required.

Please call 211 or toll free at 844-319-4119 to schedule an appointment on a Monday between February 3rd and April 13th.  Limited appointments will also be available for two Saturday mornings, February 22 and March 28. Lake Wildwood residents: Tax-Aide services will be provided at the Lake Wildwood Community Center. For more information in LWW, please call 530-432-3260

Learn more at aarpfoundation.org/taxaide.

Help Prevent Suicide with Upcoming Trainings

Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference.

safeTALK Training

Learn and practice powerful, life-saving skills in just four hours. Using a simple yet effective model, LivingWorks safeTALK empowers everyone to make a difference. With over 120,000 people attending each year, it’s the world’s fastest-growing suicide prevention training.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 9:00am 1:00pm

Where: Empire Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945)

Registration required. Register here.

ASIST Training

LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Training) is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At a LivingWorks ASIST workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.

When: December 10 & December 11 (8:00am – 4:30pm both days)

Where: Providence Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945)

Registration required. Register here.

For questions or more information, please contact Toby Guevin, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Nevada County, at toby.guevin@co.nevada.ca.us or (530) 265-7018

Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight

Connecting Point’s Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in the community. Each week we feature a selection of upcoming opportunities at local organizations.

This week, we have chosen a variety of opportunities from local organizations that are providing valuable services to the county. From fun weekend events to ongoing volunteer positions, you’re likely to find the perfect match for your interests. As always, there are many more positions available at the Volunteer Hub. For more information on any of the following opportunities, please visit ConnectingPoint.org or call 211.

Connect to your cause:

 

  • Grills & Grilles Event – United Way
    Come lend a hand for a fall BBQ in the park! United Way of Nevada County works to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. On Saturday, Oct. 19th, United Way is bringing back their big fundraising event. The 12thannual “Grills & Grilles” fundraiser includes a BBQ competition, Car & Motorcycle Show, and the 5th annual Derek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf Tournament. The event will be held at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Volunteers are needed to help set up in the morning and tear down in late afternoon. Also, volunteers are needed from 9-4 to help with booths such as selling beverages, tickets, or helping out in the children’s area.
  • Various Opportunities – Anew Day
    Offer support to those who need it. Anew Day is a faith-based organization that provides healing and hope through lay and professional counseling for those who are hurting. Anew Day does not proselytize or evangelize, rather, they meet folks from all faiths in whatever struggles they are facing, offering a place of love and support. Anew Day’s success depends on its volunteers, and there are many opportunities to lend your support. Anew Day uses volunteers as receptionists and lay counselors, providing additional support to supplement professional counseling. They offer a 12-week Counseling Skills Workshop consisting of 14 classes held in their Grass Valley office.
  • Book Nook Volunteer – AnimalSave
    If you love books and animals, this is the opportunity for you! AnimalSave transforms the lives of cats and dogs by providing humane education, affordable spay and neuter services and finding loving homes. The bookstore volunteer helps generate funds through book sales that are essential to AnimalSave’s animal rescue & adoption program and its low-cost spay/neuter clinic. Retail or merchandising experience a plus, but not required; interest and experience with books, authors and genres desired; must be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds; must be able to stand or sit for several hours. Bookstore hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00am– 5:00pm, 3-4-hour shifts. AnimalSave will work out your specific schedule with you. Training will be provided, minimum of 6-month commitment expected.
  • Various Positions – Center For the Arts
    Join the fun! The Center for the Arts is a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of the community. The Center values and appreciates each volunteer, because they make it possible to bring a variety of high-quality performances to Nevada County. Volunteers for The Center must attend a minimum one training session designed to give an overall view of the program and duties to be performed on the Main Stage and Center On The Go They will also discuss larger events held off-site at the Grass Valley Vets Hall, as those shows have additional volunteer opportunities. Positions include ticket taker, greeter, usher, bar set-up & cashiers, bartender, concessions, security, house manager’s assistant, green room strike, Saturday gallery attendant, ambassador – represent The Center at booths, events, & more, clerical, street marketing – distributing flyers and promotional materials, tech & stage setup, special events team.

 

Want to see more? Go to the Volunteer Hub website or call 211 to find the right volunteer opportunity for you!

Conquer Your Stress with Upcoming Class

Connecting Point is hosting a free workshop to help Nevada County residents prioritize their health and mental well-being.

Stress Busters! is a 4-week series of fun, interactive classes exploring a variety of stress-busting tools and techniques. Learn to use exercise, nutrition, and a healthy dose of humor to master stress and live a healthier life.

Stress Busters is held every Thursday starting October 3rd through October 24th from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Glenbrook Community Room, 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Thursdays, October 3-24

 Register Today!

Ride Gold Country Stage Free Sept 19-21

All rides on the Gold Country Stage will be FREE September 19th through 21st in honor of the Draft Horse Classic.
 
Headed out to see the horses? Take Gold Country Stage Route 3 to the Brighton Street & McCourtney Road stop. The bus will stop at :08 after the hour from 7:08 am-7:08 pm on Thursday and Friday and 8:08 am-4:08 pm on Saturday. 
 
Call 211 for assistance planning your trip.
 

Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight, September 9th – 15th

Connecting Point’s new Volunteer Hub is growing quickly! Having launched just over a month ago, we already have 44 organizations in our database and over 80 posted volunteer opportunities, with more being added every day. The Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community. Each week we will feature a selection of upcoming opportunities at local organizations.

Nothing connects you to the community quite like volunteering your time to a great cause and this week’s handpicked featured opportunities are just a sampling of what the Volunteer Hub has to offer. For more information on any of the following opportunities, please visit ConnectingPoint.org or call 211.

Connect to your cause:

  • Dog Handling at Scooter’s Pals Adopt-A-Thon, Saturday September 28th – Scooter’s Pals
    Come help find homes for pups in need. Scooter’s Pals provides foster and forever homes for abused or abandoned dogs scheduled to be killed in local and nearby shelters. They also assist local dog owners who are no longer able to properly care for their dogs in finding a new “best fit” home so they do not reach a shelter. Come and sit with adoptable canine fur babies, meet other volunteers, take a dog for a walk and see what the adoption process is like. The Adopt-a-Thon is held on the 4th Saturday of every month from 11 am to 2 pm at Petco on Freeman Lane in Grass Valley.
  • Fix-It Program, Skilled Carpenters, Plumbers & Handypersons – FREED
    Donate your valuable skills. FREED’s mission is to promote independence and self-determination for people with disabilities through person-driven services, collaborative community partnerships and education, and leadership that advocates for fully inclusive communities. FREED’s Fix-It Program is volunteer-driven and focuses on addressing the health and safety needs of Nevada and Sierra County residents so they may remain independently in their own home. As a Fix-It volunteer you will be serving seniors and people with disabilities addressing minor home repairs or modifications that fit your skill set. You will be offered the opportunity to work on a variety of services such as installing grab bars, railing, or transfer poles, repairing steps, placing portable ramps, building new ramps, and making minor plumbing repairs. FREED is recruiting people with appropriate skills willing to contribute a minimum of three hours per month, and possibly larger amounts of time (less frequently) to co-work on more involved projects or to fulfill an urgent request.
  • HPC Board of Directors – St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
    Be a part of history! St. Joseph’s Cultural Center is a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1865 and maintained by the Sisters of Mercy as both an orphanage and a school, it sustained itself until the 1960’s when it was sold to the Historic Mount St. Mary’s Preservation Committee (HPC).  The complex consists of the main three-story building, the hall (St. Joseph’s Chapel, built in 1894) and the historic 150-year-old rose garden. The HPC needs to boost their Board of Directors membership and are looking for folks interested in preserving this historic Gold-Rush gem and helping keep her a viable part of Grass Valley’s future. Board meetings are every second Tuesday of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • Space Steward – The Curious Forge
    Help nurture the creative spirit! The Curious Forge makerspacewas created to allow people of all backgrounds, ages, and skill levels to create the things that matter to them. They have all the equipment, mentors, space and time to enable you to succeed at your pace, your style, your passion. They have classes, one-on-one, peer to peer, and volunteers to help you learn and grow as an artist, techie, tinkerer or entrepreneur. The Space Steward serves as a resource for members, watches the front desk, answers the phone, greets visitors, gives tours, helps keep the space tidy, is occasionally available to support workshops or other events, and supports The Forge in general by following procedures and being a model member. A time commitment of 4-6 hours a week is required.
  • Various Positions – Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release
    Do you love animals? Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release is dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. Each year our team successfully releases over 100 different species of native wildlife, including mammals, songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, reptiles and amphibians. In addition to experienced rehabbers working directly with the animals, volunteers work tirelessly helping to raise funds, write and share news stories, transport animals, and organize special events.  They are also looking for volunteers to become part of their education team.

To find these and many more opportunities, please call 211 or 1-833-DIAL-211 or visit us at ConnectingPoint.org.

Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight, August 26th-September 1st

Connecting Point is excited to announce the launch of Nevada County’s new Volunteer Hub. The Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community. Each week we will feature a selection of upcoming opportunities at local organizations.

This week we’re highlighting a wide variety of organizations that are committed to making Nevada County a better place. Whether it’s helping conserve our natural resources, protecting the most vulnerable in our community, or supporting local arts and culture, there’s something for everyone! For more information on any of the following positions, please visit ConnectingPoint.org or call 211.

 

Intake and Referral Specialist – Welcome Home Vets

Help those who have served our country find the support they need. Welcome Home Vets contracts with local psychotherapists who are experienced in military culture and in treating combat-related trauma to provide individual, group, couples, and family therapy to veterans and their families at no cost. The intake and referral specialist will meet the immediate needs of veterans and their families by providing referrals, online registration help, hand-offs to agencies, and more.

 

Tutors, Music Teachers, and More – PARTNERS Family Resource Center

School is back is session and there are students who need your help. PARTNERS Family Resource Centers engage and partner with families, educators, and the community to better support children’s development, create connections, and increase access to local resources. Serve the children and families in our community by becoming a tutor, music teacher, ESL teacher, or help at an event.

 

Court Appointed Special Advocate – Child Advocates of Nevada County

Play an important, positive role in the life of a child. The goal of Child Advocates of Nevada County is to decrease the maltreatment of children in our community. Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained community volunteers appointed by Juvenile Court judges to speak for the best interests of children who are brought before the court for reasons of abuse or neglect. After an initial training, each CASA is supervised and supported by CASA staff and is provided with resources and guidance to aid in effective advocacy.

 

General Volunteer – Grass Valley Police Department

Promote peace and safety in the community. The Grass Valley Police Department is actively seeking citizen volunteers interested in joining the GVPD Volunteer Program. Accepted applicants will be issued a GVPD Volunteer uniform and badge. Duties include assisting the Records Department and working the front lobby window, assisting with patrolling the downtown parking lots with the authority to issue courtesy warnings, conducting residential vacation house checks to prevent burglaries and break-ins, and much more.

 

Trail Ambassador – Bear Yuba Land Trust

Are you an experienced hiker? Bear Yuba Land Trust is a private, non-profit, membership-supported organization that works to promote voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural legacy. Trail Ambassadors commit to a season of outreach on one local trail to gather recreational use data and promote BYLT. This volunteer opportunity is excellent for those who have a passion for hiking and getting out onto the land and want to promote a local trail.

 

Various Positions – InConcert Sierra

Help bring extraordinary classical music to our community. Join our amazing team of InConcert Sierra volunteers for our 2019-20 Third Sunday Concert Season! InConcert Sierra presents exceptional classical and choral performances that inspire and enhance the cultural life in Nevada County. Volunteers participate in every component of concert production, from managing ticket sales to assistant stage managing.

 

To learn more about these and many more volunteer opportunities, call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211 or visit us at ConnectingPoint.org. Connecting Point is a public agency dedicated to supporting the health and independence of the people in our community.

Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight, August 19th – 25th

Connecting Point is excited to announce the launch of Nevada County’s new Volunteer Hub.

The Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community. Each week we will feature a selection of upcoming opportunities at local organizations.

August is National Wellness Month, so this week we’re highlighting organizations dedicated to the well-being of our community. For more information on any of the following positions, please visit ConnectingPoint.org or call 211.

VOLUNTEER DELIVERY DRIVER – Gold Country Community Services

Show our senior community that you care! Gold Country Community Services, Inc. provides essential programs that meet the basic needs of seniors living in western Nevada County. GCCS is looking for delivery drivers for its Meals on Wheels program. Under general supervision and guidance from the Nutrition Manager, the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Driver will deliver meals to homebound participants. Volunteers can participate in delivering to the same route each week and/or be on-call as substitute drivers as needed.

VOLUNTEER RESPITE CARE SPECIALIST – One Source–Empowering Caregivers

Help provide support to caregivers. The Mission of One Source–Empowering Caregivers is to improve quality of life for Caregivers and their loved ones by providing cost-free, non-medical support while they remain at home in a safe and healthy environment. One Source will hold training for Volunteer Respite Care Specialists on Saturday, Sept. 7, 14 and 21. A trained Volunteer Respite Care Specialist sets up an appointment to serve two to four hours per week in the home of a caregiver to provide respite for the caregiver and companionship to the person they care for.

SUPPER CREW MEMBER – The Friendship Club

Want to show off your kitchen skills? The Friendship Club provides a comprehensive, year-round, long-term program aimed at helping empower and educate youth who face challenges of poverty, abuse and trauma. As a supper crew member, you will work under the direction of the meal program coordinator as part of their after school program, to complete tasks necessary for meal preparation, buffet-style meal service, and clean up. On-site training is provided.

CAT ROOM ATTENDANT – AnimalSave

Attention cat lovers! AnimalSave transforms the lives of cats and dogs by providing humane education, affordable spay and neuter services, and finding them loving homes. The cat room attendant cleans, feeds and cares for cats and kittens surrendered to AnimalSave while they are housed in the cat adoption room. This is a critical volunteer position that ensures the health and wellbeing of animals while they wait for adoption.

FOOD LOVE FARM HELPER – Sierra Harvest

Do you have a green thumb? Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food. Come help at the Food Love Farm, where more than 2,000 students learn where their food comes from and get first-hand experience working on a farm. Dig beds, plant, harvest, weed and learn about organic crop production alongside the fun Sierra Harvest staff.

VARIOUS POSITIONS – Granite Wellness Center (formerly CoRR)

Help those who are struggling. Granite Wellness Center’s mission is to support the communities they serve with a full spectrum of wellness-focused programs to reduce the social, health and economic impact on families and children from all types of substance abuse and behavioral health issues. Ongoing volunteer opportunities are available.

To learn more about these and many more volunteer opportunities, call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211 or visit us at ConnectingPoint.org.

Summer Programs at Nevada County Libraries

The Grass Valley Library in collaboration with Grass Valley School District Child Nutrition Services and the Nevada County Public Health Department are offering free, healthy lunch to all kids ages 18 and under this Summer. All lunches will be served at noon Monday through Friday until August 14th. In addition to lunch, there will also be activities for youth, including games, art projects, and science experiments. No registration is required. just show up- 207 Mill St, Grass Valley. 

Book Buddy Program Fights Isolation

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INTRODUCTION:

If you’ve ever had a long recovery after a medical procedure, you know just how boring life can become when you’re not able to leave the house. After a few days, you’ve read all the magazines, the TV shows blur together, and your regular internet haunts seem stale. You long for contact from the outside world.

For folks with chronic health conditions or other circumstances that prevent them from leaving their home, this boredom can quickly turn to social isolation. Many people in Nevada County, particularly seniors, go days or weeks without seeing another person and have few options for intellectual stimulation.

If you or someone you know is in this situation, it might be time to get a Book Buddy.

CHAPTER ONE: Book Buddies Bring the Library to You

“The book buddy program volunteer brings me books and conversation more important than my food and drink.”

The Book Buddy program is a service of the Nevada County Community Library. The program connects folks in Western Nevada County who are unable to get to the library with volunteer “book buddies” who bring the library to them.

Book buddies bring not just books, but also CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and even reference materials. All items are checked out on the library patron’s card and delivered to their home, free of charge. There are no late fees for Book Buddy patrons.

Book buddies are matched with library patrons based on their schedules, location, and interests. Each patron is assigned their own personal book buddy. According to program coordinator Judith Bell, these are relationships built on a love of books.

The Book Buddy program is a personalized service, Bell said. “The patron guides it.” Patrons can request specific titles, books by favorite authors, or let their book buddy choose what to bring. Bell said she’s often surfed the stacks looking for the perfect book for her patron.

CHAPTER TWO: Eligibility

The Book Buddy program is designed to serve those who have a disability, chronic illness, or injury that prevents them from getting to the library for at least six months. There is no age restriction.

The service is available for folks living in their own homes or in a skilled nursing facility.

Because the program is individualized based on each patron’s preferences, the process starts with a meeting in the patron’s home. Book Buddy Coordinator Judith Bell interviews each patron to get a sense of what they like and don’t like, learn about their favorite genres and authors, and better understand their media preferences (like books on tape or large print materials). This helps Judith match each patron with their perfect book buddy. The result is often a relationship that lasts for years.

CHAPTER THREE: Getting Connected

If the Book Buddy program sounds like a good fit for you or someone you know, call Kathy Miller at 530-265-1407 to start the process.

Referrals can be made by family members, friends, social workers, or anyone who knows someone who can’t make it to the library.

CHAPTER FOUR: Becoming a Book Buddy

“I always look forward to seeing my book buddy and hearing what she has to say about the books that have been read.”

The Book Buddy program is always looking for volunteers who love books and want to connect with others in the community.

Book buddies provide a vital link to the outside world. Because they are often the only person a patron might see, volunteers should be upbeat, enthusiastic, and patient.

Like the program’s patrons, Book Buddy volunteers are interviewed about their interests and preferences. Book buddies are expected to give approximately four to six hours of their time each month and must provide their own transportation.

To learn more about becoming a book buddy, contact Kathy Miller at 530-265-1407.

EPILOGUE: Discovering New Worlds

The Book Buddy program improves the quality of life of folks in our community. Whether you are a patron of the program or a volunteer, this unique service can help you connect to a world beyond your own—just what a library should do.

 

 

Ages & Stages: Your Baby at 10 Months

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Hello Parents!

Welcome to 10-12 months! By now your baby is very busy and is starting to move around the house more. She may be crawling, standing by herself, walking while holding onto furniture, or walking well all on her own. If you have steps in the house, she may be trying to climb them. You’ve probably noticed that she loves to push and pull things. She’s strong, she’s mobile, and she’s curious: Now is a great time to “babyproof” everything around the house! Make sure to lock or block your cabinets. If you have stairs at home, think about teaching your baby to go down them on her belly feet-first.

What to Expect at 10 to 12 Months

• Your baby may be ready to try soft finger foods, like small pieces of banana. Make sure soft foods are cut into very small pieces so she can swallow them easily.
• Children at this age are just beginning to notice when two things are alike, especially shoes, socks, or toys. Hold one of the shoes or socks and ask your child to look for its match. This is a great way to promote problem solving.
• Spend a lot of time encouraging wanted behaviors rather than punishing unwanted behaviors. Use positive language and tell your child what you want him to do.
• Praise your child with hugs and kisses and recognize good behavior. Help your child recognize and understand his feelings. Give words to his feelings, like: “I see you are very frustrated” or “I can see you feel sad.” This helps your child become aware of his feelings and teaches him how to express them in a positive way.

Activities to Help your Child Grow and Learn

• Find time to go to the library or bookstore and pick up new books with your child. Story time is a great time to cuddle up and read together. Talk about what you see in the book and take turns pointing out pictures and turning pages. This is a great way to promote language development and work on your child’s fine motor skills.
• Your child can help with small jobs like putting toys away. Include him in these small daily activities and let him know that he’s an important part of the family.

Resources for Parents

We have some great resources for parents in this community, including free and low-cost parenting classes. Sierra Nevada Children’s Services and The Nest are two great places to start. Check out 211’s Children & Youth guided search page for information about all kinds of local programs for families.

Or give us a call at 2-1-1 (or 877-847-0499). We look forward to talking with you!

Sources:
ASQ-3 Learning Activities, Elizabeth Twombly and Ginger Fink

Tinloy Transit Center Opens for Business

As of March 1st monthly bus passes are no longer sold on Gold Country Stage buses. So how on earth are you supposed to get your passes? You’ve got two options:

1)      You can purchase passes at the Transit Services office at 13081 John Bauer Avenue, Grass Valley. Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. This is a Route 3, Loma Rica stop if you’re riding the bus.

2)      Passes will now also be available at the Tinloy Transit Center in downtown Grass Valley on the first two weekdays of each month, 8am-5pm.

Also available at the above locations are Discount Fare ID Cards. Gold Country Stage is asking that all discount fare users get a new ID Card. These cards are available to youth 17 years and younger, seniors 65 and older, and persons with disabilities. Be sure to bring proper eligibility supporting documents. If you’re unsure which documents to bring, check out the list on the application.

Space Still Available for “Yes I Can” Series

Caring for a parent, child, or close friend with a significant disability or illness is a challenge many of us will face someday. But our willingness to help does not always mean we have all the right tools or information to do this hard work.

The “Yes I Can!” series, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, helps caregivers build the skills they need to care for themselves and their loved ones. The seven-week series, which started March 19th, provides caregivers with fundamentals for self-care, communication, personal care and nutrition, community resources, body mechanics and falls prevention, end of life care, and legal and financial issues. By the end of the course participants will be confident, empowered caregivers.

There is still room available in the class and six more weeks of tools, resources, and support for family caregivers.

Click on the above image to open a PDF of the flyer.

Details:

What: “Yes I Can!” Caregiver Education Series

When: Mondays, March 19th- April 30th, 9 am to 12 pm

Where: Eskaton Village, 49er Lounge
625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley

Cost: Free for non-professional caregivers

To register, please call Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center at 1-800-635-0220. If care is needed for your loved one during class, please indicate this when registering.

For more information, contact Annie Mikal at 530-264-5046 or amikalheine@gmail.com.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Are you feeling anxious, agitated, tired, irritable, depressed, angry, or sad? All of the above? Okay, you seem a little stressed . . .

The symptoms of stress can affect both your physical and mental health and have a real impact on how you think, feel, and act. Learning to see the signs of stress and having clear strategies for limiting its effects can help you to live a much healthier, happier life.

Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life is a 4-week class designed to help you minimize the emotional and physical effects of stress and create a more peaceful approach to your current challenges. Taught by Marge Kaiser, this highly-rated class will teach participants how to overcome stress through humor, relaxation, self-care, and group support.

The free class, hosted by Connecting Point, begins April 5th and meets every Thursday through April 26th. It’s open to all Nevada County residents who need some support, strategies, and a good laugh.

Details:

What: Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life

When: Thursdays, April 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2:30-4:30 pm

Where: Connecting Point

208 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Cost: Free! Space is limited. Call 211 to register or RSVP here.

Connecting Point offers free caregiver training to community-members. All classes are free for Nevada County residents. The slate of classes includes practical training in caregiving skills, such as lifting and transferring, universal precautions, and dementia care as well as self-care classes for caregivers.

 

Check out the Connecting Point website at www.connectingpoint.org for more information.

Get on the Move!

 

We all know that transportation is essential for independence. In a rural community like ours, getting around can be a challenge, especially for those of us who don’t drive. Lack of transportation limits our opportunities for education, employment, healthcare, and social contact. But there are options out there, and we want to help you connect with them.

Connecting Point recently received funding from Caltrans to help folks in Eastern and Western Nevada County better understand their transportation options and learn how to use them to get On the Move. Our new transportation navigator, Daniela Fernandez, has been riding the routes, talking to community members, and learning all there is to know about our local transit options. Her goal is to share all of this knowledge to demystify our bus systems and help people gain experience and confidence using public transportation.

If you are interested in travel training or public transit education, please get in touch with Daniela by phone at 530-274-5601 or by email at danielaf@connectingpoint.org.

Ages & Stages: Your Baby at 8 Months

 

Hello Parents!

We hope you and your baby are enjoying new things.

This is a very active period for your baby, so safety is important. Keep small objects out of her reach and make sure to stay with her when she’s on the changing table, on a bed or couch, and when you’re giving her a bath.

Your baby is building his own personality, so you probably know his favorite foods, toys, and songs. (You’re most likely also starting to know what he doesn’t like, too). Encourage your baby to try new things to promote his development. Celebrate with a smile or clapping when he achieves something new, like rolling over or standing up.

Talk with other parents and your child’s doctor about the milestones your child has reached. They can also let you know what to expect next.

What to Expect at 8 Months

  • Your baby is now able to follow simple instructions. Try giving her directions, like “Hold the diaper,” “wash your belly,” or “show me grandma.” When she responds, make sure to let her know you notice: “Thank you for holding the diaper,” “Oh, there’s grandma.”
  • Your baby may be standing now. Place some of his favorite toys on a low table or on the ground so he can stretch and work on his balance.
  • Your baby wants your attention, and she will make different sounds to get it. Let her know you are there and listening: “Oh you’re sad. Let me help you feel better”, “You are tired, time for a nap.”
  • Ask for behaviors that you want in a positive way. For example, instead of saying “don’t stand” say “time to sit down.”

Activities to Help your Baby Grow and Learn

  • Read to your baby every day. He may like one book in particular, and that’s great; children learn by repetition. Name the colors, animals, or objects you see and ask the baby to point at them with you.
  • Place a toy or a piece of cereal in a container or a plastic bottle with no lid. As your baby works to get the toy or the cereal out, she will learn about the idea of ‘in’ and ‘out.’ Another way to show your baby ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ is to get a big box that she can crawl in and out of.
  • Encourage your baby to help you with simple tasks like picking up toys or putting away clothes. You can sing a cleanup song as you do this. This is a great way to make your baby feel included and build a sense of responsibility.

Most importantly, enjoy watching your baby grow and learn!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening all children for general development at nine months. The Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is a great tool to see if your child’s development is on track. For more information about the ASQ, see our Q&A on ASQ (https://211connectingpoint.org/a-qa-on-asq/) or give us a call at 211.

 

Sources:

ASQ-3 Learning Activities, Elizabeth Twombly and Ginger Fink

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/Milestones