Learn Warning Signs and Latest Research into Alzheimer’s Disease

August 31, 2012

PACIFICA, Calif. – The public is invited to learn the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and the latest in Alzheimer’s research at the September 10 meeting of the San Mateo County Commission on Aging in Pacifica.

Ruth Gay, the director of public policy and advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada, will be the featured speaker. Her presentation, “Alzheimer’s Disease: From Out of the Shadows,” is free and open to everyone.

Ruth Gay

Despite recent promising advances in research, one in eight older Americans is living with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

“Here in San Mateo County we have a high number of residents who are seniors and we have a much higher proportion of older adults than the state average,” said Denis O’Sullivan, chair of the San Mateo County Commission on Aging. “We certainly hope that anyone with a loved one who is of a certain age will come to this very important meeting to learn from an expert in a disease that touches so many lives.”

Who:                 Ruth Gay, director of public policy and advocacy, Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Nevada

What:              “Alzheimer’s Disease: From Out of the Shadows”

Where:            Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica (Map and Directions)

When:              Monday, September 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost:               Free

The special presentation on Alzheimer’s disease is part of a series of commission meetings being held at senior centers throughout San Mateo County to make it easier for all seniors to participate. As the presentation is part of a regularly scheduled commission meeting, other important issues related to seniors will be on the agenda and discussed.

The San Mateo County Commission on Aging works to maintain, enhance and improve the quality of life for seniors through the promotion of independence and self-sufficiency, mental and physical health, and social and community involvement. Commissioners are appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Additional information about the commission can be found at www.smcgov.org/coa

For more information about this meeting, contact:

Denis O’Sullivan

Edgewood Road, Dumbarton Bridge to Close this Weekend

August 30, 2012

Two major transportation routes in San Mateo County will be closed over the Labor Day Weekend: a section of Edgewood Road between Interestate 280 and Alameda de las Pulgas and the Dumbarton Bridge.

The closure of Edgewood Road will begin Friday, August 31, at 10 p.m. and last until Tuesday, September 4, at 6 a.m. Traffic will detour to Cordilleras Road but motorists should expect delays.

During the closure the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will install a water pipeline across Edgewood. Details about the closure and a map can be found on the SF PUC’s project website. For any questions or concerns about the construction, call the SF PUC’s 24-hour project hotline, 1-800-571-6610.

The Dumbarton Bridge will be closed in both directions from Friday, August 31, at 10 p.m. until Tuesday, September 4, at 5 a.m.

During the closure crews will strengthen the bridge to withstand earthquakes. For a fact sheet and more information about the project, visit http://dumbartonbridgeinfo.org/ For more information, contact the State Department of Transportation at 510-384-3651 or info@dumbartonbridgeinfo.org

For traffic conditions and driving times during a closure, please call 511 or visit 511.org.

Get Healthy Website: News, Events and More

August 29, 2012

San Mateo County Get Healthy Collaborative is working to inform organizations and community leaders about ways our communities can “Get Healthy.”

As a result of Get Healthy’s efforts over the last 8 years, San Mateo County’s obesity rates declined this past year by 5.6 percent, making it one of only three Bay Area Counties where obesity rates decreased.

Get Healthy’s redesigned website, www.gethealthysmc.org, provides a one-stop-shop where people can share information, discover creative ways to stay active, become informed on upcoming events, workshops, and available funding to support local programs. 

Starting as a task force to prevent childhood obesity, Get Healthy has grown into a successful collaboration of cities, community leaders and organizations across the County. Because wellness begins where people live, learn, work and play, Get Healthy works to develop strategies that can reduce and prevent obesity-related health conditions associated with unhealthy eating and physical inactivity.

Read the entire entry to learn more.

Read more San Mateo County news at http://sanmateocountynews.wordpress.com


Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, Sept. 15

August 28, 2012

The 28th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event, will take place on Saturday, September 15.

To find cleanup sites along with tips for safe and waste-free participation, visit www.flowstobay.org/ccd


Local volunteers have dozens of sites to choose from, including inland creeks, bayside parks, and coastal beaches. This year’s event will also provide one of the first opportunities for Cleanup organizers to measure a baseline of debris on our shores that may have washed up as a result of last year’s devastating tsunami in Japan.

After the massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March, 2011, the Japanese Government estimated that as much as 1.5 million tons of debris may have washed out to sea. The West Coast has already begun to feel the impacts of that debris, as items as small as a soccer ball and as large as a 100-ton pier have washed ashore north of the California border. With over 57 miles of coastline, San Mateo County expects to see its share of unusual items.

“Volunteers always record the items they least expected to find while cleaning the beaches and creeks. They pull an amazing array of things from the sand and the mud, from office furniture to a phone booth. But most of the litter comes from everyday upstream sources – homes and businesses, parking lots and uncovered truck loads – rather than from a tragic event thousands of miles across the ocean,” notes Matt Fabry, coordinator of the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program.

The challenges posed by everyday litter – cigarette butts, plastic bags, food wrappers – are daunting enough. Watershed groups and other environmentally-minded organizations hold cleanups around the County throughout the year, working to keep litter from reaching the Bay and ocean. Local cities work diligently as well, picking up parks and cleaning out storm drains, attempting to meet Federal water quality permit requirements. Coastal Cleanup adds a unique element, bringing the most County residents out on one day and collecting a data ‘snapshot’ of the problem.

Last year, more than 4,000 volunteers collected more than 25,000 pounds of trash and recyclables at over 30 sites around the County in the event’s short time window of 9 a.m. to noon.

To find all of this year’s sites, along with tips for safe and waste-free participation, visit www.flowstobay.org/ccd

For more information, contact  Timothy Swillinger at 650-372-6245 or pollutionprevention@smcgov.org

Media Contact:
Matt Fabry

Subscribe to San Mateo County News and Announcements

August 23, 2012

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Register to Vote or Find Your Registration Status

August 21, 2012

Registering to vote is the first step every citizen takes to become an eligible voter. Once registered, you can begin to strengthen our democracy by participating in elections, working at our polling precincts, and even registering others like yourself to become voters.

Learn how and where to register.

If you are not sure if you are registered, you can check your registration status and view election materials on the official Elections Office website.

Register, then vote!

Free Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification Training

August 20, 2012

 People who live and work in San Mateo County are invited and strongly encouraged to participate in a free training to become certified instructors in Mental Health First Aid.

The training will take place over five days from September 10 to 14, and participants must attend all five days to be certified. Training will be conducted by members of the Mental Health First Aid USA national office.

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour course that gives individuals with little to no clinical training key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants will be taught how to apply a 5-step strategy in a variety of situations, such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed.

The training is funded by the Mental Health Services Act. It is free and space is limited. An application must be completed and approved in order to attend the training.

WHEN: Monday through Friday, September 10-14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Specific training locations will be sent to each participant once his or her application is approved.

WHO: Trainers are from the Mental Health First Aid USA national office. The training is sponsored by San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Office of Diversity and Equity.

WHY: Research shows that Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) participants gain a better understanding of mental health disorders and treatments, and are more confident in providing help to others. MHFA has increased access to help for people with mental illness, and has led to more people seeking professional help in the community. There is also evidence that MHFA can improve the mental health of people who are trained, and can help change negative attitudes towards people with mental health issues, and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.

RSVP: To request an application, contact Karen Macasa at KMacasa@smcgov.org or call (650) 573-2541.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robyn Thaw: rthaw@smcgov.org or (650) 573-3935.


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