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Aging and Adult Services: Prevention


Activities and Programs for Older Adults

Aging and Adult Services Division collaborates in a number of prevention activities across a variety of programs. 

DEEP Program (Diabetes Empowerment Education Program)

Provided by Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus, the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) is an evidence-based program that is supported by Older Americans Act funding. DEEP is a licensed diabetes self-management education program, developed by the University of Illinois, Chicago, that has been shown to be successful in helping participants take control of their diabetes and reduce the complications.  DEEP is for those that are 60 years or older and have diabetes or prediabetes. Limited space is also available for caregivers of those that qualify for the program.  The program consists of six weekly workshops and each workshop is two hours. Participants must attend all sessions. There is no cost to participate in the program.

Virtual Meetings - October & November 2020

Wise and Well

Provided by Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus, the Wise and Well Program provides a comprehensive health promotion program consisting of screening, community education, and individual counseling. Selected program sites serve low-income and minority senior communities. For more information, go to the Wise and Well website.

Fall Prevention Coalition of San Mateo County

A countywide coalition that aims to build and maintain a collaborative network to support fall prevention and resources. It also serves as a clearinghouse for fall prevention activities throughout San Mateo County. Tasks for this year include increasing communication on fall prevention and developing a comprehensive fall prevention education campaign. For more information, go to the Fall Prevention Coalition of San Mateo County website.

Home for the Holidays: Video

Home for the Holidays: Video
Safety for Older Adults During COVID and Beyond

This video from the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office offers resources for seniors and their loved ones.

Unfortunately, even when there is not a global pandemic, the winter holidays can bring out the worst in people. Combine that with the isolation older adults are experiencing out of necessity due to COVID, and we have a recipe for financial disaster.


Safety Highlight: Coronavirus Scams
Three Ways to Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

The Federal Trade Commission issued a new consumer education blog post on December 8, 2020, with the National Association of Attorneys General, offering tips on how to recognize and avoid vaccine-related scams. According to the post, with COVID-19 vaccines in the pipeline, scammers will not be far behind, and people should recognize the red flags of potential scams.



Stop Telemarketers

Some solicitation calls are more a nuisance than an attempted theft or scam. Here are some ways to stop junk calls. (Note: Many scams are conducted via telephone conversations with older adults. Scammers are trained in using the right language so that they come off as trusting and knowledgeable. These tips help with solicitors calling on behalf of legitimate business entities.)