SAN FRANCISCO — For many years, San Francisco-based Kimochi Inc. has wanted to extend services to its neighbors in San Mateo.

In 2009, Kimochi was awarded a contract from the San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services Department to work with family caregivers, assisting them in understanding and supporting the needs faced by aging spouses, parents, and grandparents. Kimochi is providing caregiver assessments, individual counseling, support groups, and caregiver trainings, as well as education and outreach to caregivers.

“We have built a foundation of support for seniors and families. We are now building a site in San Mateo,” said a Kimochi spokesperson. “This new location will provide housing and services for seniors. Exciting times are ahead!”

Further details will be announced shortly. Upcoming Kimochi events in San Francisco include the following:

• Silver Bells Arts & Crafts Faire on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111Gough St. (at Geary).

• Kimochi Family Caregiver Support Group on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Kimochi office, 1715 Buchanan St. (between Sutter and Post). Topic: “Simple Habits to Keep Us in Good Shape as Family Caregivers.” Free discussion about family caregiving will follow. The event is free and no RSVP is required. For more information, call Fumiko DiDomizio, case manager, or Sango Harumi, social services coordinator, at (415) 931-2275 or email

Kimochi offers a monthly caregiver support group for those who need a break from their busy caregiving life. Participants share their experiences and learn from others. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month.

• “Brain Fitness,” presented in conjunction with the 2013 Kaiser Permanente Senior Health Series, on Monday, Jan. 14, from 1:30 to 3p .m. at Kimochi Senior Center, 1840 Sutter St. (first floor of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California). Speaker: Charles J. Vella, Ph.D. Discover ways you can protect your brain and reduce cognitive decline. Learn about major neurodegenerative disorders and their symptoms. Find out what are considered normal signs of aging. Free admission. Japanese translation will be provided. RSVP to (415) 931-2294.

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