Good Neighbor Day

GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY SLO Official Day: September 28thService Acts: September 22nd - October 1stWilshire Community Services is celebrating National Good Neighbor Day and we need your help! We are looking for individuals, families or businesses to get together and do a neighborly act of service in your community. We will be kicking off the week of celebrating at our Farmer's Market booth on Thursday, September 22nd. Come by and grab a Good Neighbor balloon or t-shirt; when yo...

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Volunteering: Not Just Helpful to Others

Volunteering is a great way to give back and help out the members of your community.  This may be an obvious and self-explanatory statement. However, what some people don’t realize is that volunteering can also benefit the volunteer in a variety of ways. Helping others in need can be done by serving food at the homeless shelter, donating your time at the animal shelter, or donating clothes to the Salvation Army. It can take a variety of different forms, b...

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Alzheimer's Disease Signs and Awareness

Alzheimer’s disease affects many older adults and yet it often goes unrecognized and untreated; it is written off or attributed to the normal aging process.  There are ten early signs of Alzheimer’s that are important for everyone to recognize. These include; memory loss that disrupts daily life, challenges in planning or solving problems, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place, trouble understanding visual images and spatial relat...

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Depression Signs and Awareness By Katie M. Mills, Community Member

Depression is one of those things that isn’t talked about too often or brought up at the dinner table.  But, its presence is all around us.  If you haven’t experienced a depressive episode of your own, you probably know a family member, a neighbor, or a friend who has been affected by depression.  Depression amongst the older adult population is a very relevant issue for people to be aware of.  Recent estimates have found 6.5% to 9% of older ad...

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Paradise Found: Tips to Live In Peace With Vacation Rentals - By Jesse Sostrin PhD

The communities of San Luis Obispo have been described as paradise. Unfortunately for some residents, it feels like paradise lost when the peace, quite and continuity of daily life are interrupted by the commotion from nearby vacation rental properties. The central coast has been, and hopefully always will be, an attractive destination for visitors. This means local residents need constructive strategies to successfully address concerns that may arise from the numerous vacati...

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Positive Conflict Resolution for Families with Alzheimer's By Jesse Sostrin, PhD

We've all been there – the point where communication breaks down, walls come up, and we spend more time blaming others for our problems than focusing on potential solutions. It's called conflict, and it can happen anytime people have differing needs. Naturally, conflict is an everyday part of our lives.However, when families are dealing with the challenges of declining health from diseases such as Alzheimer’s, conflict can be a devastating experience. In a country...

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Creative Mediation: Resolving Disputes in Aging Families

Are you embroiled in family disputes with your siblings about how to care for your aging parents? Are you having trouble bringing everyone to the table to talk about difficult issues? In this information-packed episode, Dr. Jesse Sostrin talks about the free services available to help mediate family disputes. Jesse Sostrin, PhD is the Executive Director of Wilshire Community Services, a division of Wilshire Health & Community Services. In this role, Jesse oversees the man...

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Peer Counselors Relish Helping Fellow Seniors Cope By Gayle Cuddy

When asked what had drawn her to be a senior peer counselor, Stelle Stanhill of Grover Beach said that her friends had always come to her with their problems; then she saw an ad on TV about the program.Marj Huggins of Arroyo Grande had been taking care of her mother for several years and was looking for answers when she saw an article about the program and then took the training.Judy Guarnera of Grover Beach was retiring and wanted to develop new skills.Senior Peer Counseling...

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