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Missing elderly man with dementia found safe, Merced police say

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Police say around 4:30 pm Thursday, officers learned Jimenez made his way to a shelter in Turlock. Detective Ed Arias located Jimenez unharmed sitting at a bus stop near the homeless shelter, according to a department news release. Jimenez had caught a bus from Merced to Turlock and had spent the last two nights in the shelter. Jimenez was returned to his home in Merced and was reunited with his family..

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Modesto High School seniors launch app to connect volunteers and senior citizens

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TURLOCK, Calif. — Two Modesto high school seniors recently created an app that connects seniors with volunteers. 

And that creation led to an award from U.S. Representative and Turlock resident Josh Harder. 

Modesto High School seniors Divya Katyal and Rana Banankhah created the 'Community Connections' app, which was recently recognized as the 2021 Congressional App Challenge winner. The competition was launched by Harder's office.

The two said the app is designed to bridge communication gaps between isolated seniors and folks who would like to volunteer a human connection with them.

“During this COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most severely impacted groups has also been our society’s most precious group, our elders," the teens wrote in their initial application to Harder's competition. "Not only are they much more susceptible to having severe side-effects of this virus, but they have also been the most isolated over the course of this quarantine.”

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New program to provide meals, check-ins for area seniors

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A program providing free meals and daily check-in calls to some of the most at-risk and isolated residents of Stanislaus County and northern Merced County is now open to the public.

Seniors are facing the most severe risks and complications from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of stay-at-home recommendations, many have limited interaction with their neighbors and families and often can’t get groceries on their own.

In response, Legacy Health Endowment and Covenant Care Home and Hospice partnered to pilot a Meals on Wheels and Well Check Calls program. The program is now open to other needy seniors in the area.

This program provides free meals Monday through Friday and a daily wellness phone call. If a senior cannot be reached, or is having an emergency, Covenant Care staff is prepared to step in to get them the help they need. Meals are prepared by the United Samaritan’s Foundation, which has a long history of providing fresh and balanced meals for hundreds of seniors each week through their existing senior feeding programs.

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Lucky, Save Mart extend pharmacy hours for seniors, high risk patients

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MODESTO — The Save Mart Companies announced all Save Mart and Lucky pharmacies will extend hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. for seniors and higher risk patients to utilize pharmaceutical services. The company is asking other guests to allow seniors and vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, primary access to its pharmacies during these times.

The extension of pharmacy hours accompanies the company’s dedicated shopping hours for seniors and vulnerable populations, every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 9 a.m., at all Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx stores throughout California and Northern Nevada.

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