Transportation program offered for older adults

The Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities has developed a program to help people 60 and older with transportation.

The Mother Lode Transportation Program will provide free, in-county, non-emergency transportation such as to medical appointments, pharmacies for prescription drop off and pick up, physical therapy as prescribed by a physician and grocery shopping. The office is working to begin providing the service throughout Tuolumne County by late September.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for the program can get more information by calling Margie Miller at (209) 532-7632. Volunteers are offered a flexible schedule Mondays through Fridays and mileage reimbursement.

Funding for the program is being provided by the Area 12 Agency on Aging.

For eligibility information or to register for the program, call Miller at the above number.

Support offered to the visually impaired

A support group for visually impaired people meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first Tuesday of each month in Sonora.

The meeting is open to anyone with 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 support and encouragement as well as helpful information and education.

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

Help offered to lonely, depressed older adults

The Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities offers counseling to older adults who are struggling with anxiety, sadness or loneliness based on a sliding scale.

The program, the Mother Lode Wellness Program, also offers a free support group.

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