On July 10, 2015, Episcopal Senior Communities’ (ESC) Senior Director of Home & Community Based Services, Laura Darling, was featured on 1220 AM KDOW’s Living Longer, Living Better radio talk show in honor of their 50th anniversary.

Hosts of this #2 ranking 1220 AM KDOW show, Bobbi Decker and Buddy Saupe, discuss real estate and finance issues to 30,000 listeners throughout the greater Bay Area.  With Darling, they focused on senior citizens, planning for retirement, guarding against out living one’s wealth, and finding the perfect retirement community that will enhance their lives.

Darling, opened the show with Episcopal Senior Communities’ mission statement: “cultivate and build healthy communities with a continuum of residential and innovative aging services that actively promote intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual well-being.”  As the show went on, Darling explained the programs that are offered at the communities and how they strive to enhance the lives of seniors.  All of the programs at the 10 communities serve the following areas:  Senior Resources Home and Community Based Services, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Affordable Senior Housing Communities.

One outstanding, award winning program offered is Senior Center Without Walls. This program addresses the physical and emotional isolation of frail, homebound seniors by providing more than 70 weekly activities, classes and support groups in 37 California counties. ElderWISE is another program offered throughout ESC. ElderWISE matches isolated seniors with trained volunteers who make regular visits to alleviate the loneliness and depression that are all too common among seniors.

These communities serve the needs of seniors, including memory care centers, full-service health centers, around the clock skilled nurses, and so much more. These services are all found in six ESC locations: Canterbury Woods in Pacific Grove, St. Paul’s Tower’s in Oakland, Los Gatos Meadows in Los Gatos, Spring Lake Village in Santa Rose, San Francisco Towers in San Francisco and Webster House in Palo Alto.

For seniors with less income, ESC’s offers affordable communities which are designed to ensure that ALL seniors have a high quality of life regardless of income.  A qualifying senior will pay no more than 30% of their monthly income to housing. There are four ESC locations that offer these services: Oak Center Towers in Oakland, Presidio Gate Apartments in San Francisco, Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto, and Jennings Court in Santa Rosa.

Listen to the broadcast in its entirety (37 minutes, 10 seconds) below.

For more information about ESC, their programs or locations, please go to their website at  http://jtm-esc.org/

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