Obmudsman Program training begins Jan. 23

The Mother Lode Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for volunteers.

Program volunteers assist with monitoring the quality of care, identifying and resolving problems, and respond to complaints received on behalf of residents in long-term and residential care facilities in Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, and Tuolumne counties.

Volunteer advocates should be comfortable with assisting in conflict resolution, have excellent communication, organizational and computer skills, and the ability to be objective and independent during investigations. The monthly time commitment is about 15 flexible hours.

A free, state-mandated, 36-hour training to become certified by the California Department of Aging will begin Jan. 23. Mileage reimbursement is available for those traveling from Amador and Mariposa counties upon completion of training and certification.

To register or for more information, call (209) 532-7632.

Support offered for
the visually impaired

A support group for people who are visually impaired meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the multipurpose room at Sonora Hills, 19601 Greenley Road in Sonora.

Meetings are held from 10:30 a.m. to noon and are open to anyone with a visual impairment, caregivers and those who may wish to help those in need.

The purpose of the support group is to discuss the challenges of vision loss, share and offer solutions to independent living concerns, and to provide caring support and encouragement as well as helpful information and education.

For more information, call Bob or Carol Rogers at (209) 532-2373.

Cancer support for women offered in Groveland

A support group for women with cancer meets twice a month in Groveland.

The Groveland Women’s Cancer Support Group meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays at the Groveland Library.

The group is open to everyone from the recently diagnosed to survivors and offers support, sharing and resources in a confidential and caring environment.

For more information, call Judy Myers at (209) 962-5157

Project offers free help to depressed seniors

People age 60 and older who are experiencing symptoms of depression can receive 12 weeks of free in-home counseling or peer support through the SPARROW Project.

The project is a service of the Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities in Sonora.

For more information, call (209) 532-7632.