Contra Costa Today Ep 014: Debbie Toth Talks Choice in Aging

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On this episode, I talk with Debbie Toth of the non-profit Choice in Aging organization in Contra Costa County. They run The Bedford Center in Antioch. Choice in Aging has centers in Contra Costa County and serves more than six hundred people each year.

The programs include Adult Day Health Care services for frail adults, elders, and persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This program is designed for loved ones who can engage in a safe and supportive environment during the day, while still living at home with their family members. Adult Day Health Care services are licensed by the California Department of Public Health and certified by the California Department of Aging.

We are also proud to offer information and referral resources to the local community, as well as support services to caregivers and family members of frail elders and persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

  • 01:15 – intro into Choice in Aging Organization, working to keep elderly out of institutions. Helping elderly maintain dignity. Chats about The Bedford Center in Antioch
  • 04:10 – What the program does to help their minds, become active, engaged with others 05:23 – What does this type of program cost?
  • 06:58 – Difference between Medi-cal vs. medicare. Qualifications. Same reimbursement rate for 10-years so they have to fundraise.
  • 09:13 – Growing aging democratic – Start spending money wisely and build infrastructure. 9:31 – East Contra Costa County needs to begin building infrastructure to handle elderly services such as transportation. Talks about the huge growth in elderly population so there is no competition, it’s about the mission because there is not enough to service the need.
  • 11:45 – Discusses the mission and goals of encouraging dignity and promoting independence. Hope to build aging in place campus.
  • 12:55 – Lack of services, how do you bring more services out to East Contra Costa County?
  • 15:10 – Lack of transportation is a huge problem in East Contra Costa.
  • 16:20 – Supervisor Diane Burgis and Supervisor Federal Glover are interested in bringing more funds towards East Contra Costa to work on public-private partnerships.
  • 19:50 – How did Debbie Toth decide this was the career for her.
  • 22:40 – Discuss how a lot of lessons can be learned from Senior Citizens, provide experience, life lessons such as no regrets. Debbie shares her biggest life lesson while working with the elderly.
  • 28:15 – Hardest things she has seen in working with the elderly.
  • 29:00 – Debbie shares her favorite victory while working with the elderly.
  • 31:05 – How people can get involved, help support Choice in Aging organization.

For more information: http://choiceinaging.org/

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  1. Choice in Aging is a wonderful program for seniors. Debbie Toth has a passion like no other and is working behind the scenes to make sure they are helped in so many aspects of their life. Thanks for sharing.

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