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August 21, 2012 > LIFE ElderCare appoints new executive director

LIFE ElderCare appoints new executive director

Submitted By Rachael Vander Martin

The Board of Directors of LIFE ElderCare named Patricia Osage as its new Executive Director August 16, 2012. Osage brings over 20 years of experience in helping vulnerable populations in the nonprofit sector. Board President Judy Zlatnik, said, "We are delighted to welcome Patricia and look forward to working with her to strengthen and expand our services to older adults, and to more actively engage community members in fulfilling our mission."

Osage was formerly the Director of Resident Services at Satellite Housing where she developed expansive programs around civic engagement and intergenerational opportunities that helped senior residents to not only age in place, but to also thrive in their community. "When seniors recognize that they are truly being seen and heard," she says, "they open up and are able to collaboratively tailor their own services in ways that work."

Prior to Satellite Housing, Osage worked in San Francisco as a director of social service programs providing case management to formerly homeless adults living in the Tenderloin district. In 2005, the agency opened its doors to a new type of housing, the Ramen Hotel on Howard Street, a residence designed solely for seniors. Her commitment to the wellbeing of this most vulnerable population quickly became a life direction.

Originally from Missouri, Osage moved to the Bay Area in 2001 and has been living in Fremont for the past eight years. "I am thrilled to be working in my hometown," she says, "alongside the passionate staff and volunteers at LIFE who help older adults in the Tri-City area get the services they need to remain independent and healthy."

To share her experience working with seniors who are hardest to reach, Osage created a guidebook called Connecting with Socially Isolated Seniors: A Service Providers Guide. With the help of many colleagues, and suggestions from hundreds of seniors themselves, the book is filled with concrete, real-life methods that can be used to connect with those most at risk for isolation and increased emotional, cognitive and physical health issues.

Osage can be reached at posage@fremont.gov or by phone at (510) 574-2091.

Since 1975, LIFE ElderCare has been providing direct services to home bound seniors living in Fremont, Newark and Union City, California. Their four direct service programs, Meals on Wheels, Friendly Visitors, VIP Rides and Falls Prevention promote healthy aging and enable independent living for as long as safely possible. To learn more, visit http://lifeeldercare.org.

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