Annie B’s Has Begun!


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At the Peg Taylor Center, our goal is to honor our participants and their families and recognize their wants and needs through comprehensive, person-centered care.

This year, the Center is celebrating 30 years of providing outstanding service to our local community. This is a very exciting milestone, and we are so thankful for the support we have received in these years. It is this generosity that enables us to provide a consistent level of care and comfort for the families we serve.

To mark this occasion, we have been honored by the Stiefvater Senior Endowment with a 30th Anniversary Challenge Gift. With the help of the community, our goal is to raise an additional $30,000 over the course of this year.

One way you can help us reach this goal is by participating in the Annie B’s Community Drive. This is a fantastic opportunity because all contributions made through the Drive receive an 8-12% match.

If you would like to help us reach our goal, there are two ways to donate.

1. Click here to make your donation online
2. Make your check out to “Annie B’s/The Peg Taylor Center” and send it to:

North Valley Community Foundation
240 Main Street, Suite 260
Chico, CA 95928

We are already a quarter of the way to meeting our goal, and are confident that with your help, we will continue to honor Peg’s legacy while also helping to shape and improve the world of adult day health care.


Upgraded Living Features the Peg Taylor Center

Upgraded Living April 2013

Have you picked up the April copy of Upgraded Living magazine? Local journalist Jaime O’Neill wrote a wonderful article about the Peg Taylor Center that’s featured in the current issue. You can pick up the free publication at newsstands all around Chico, or read it here. Here’s a sample to whet your appetite:

The Peg Taylor Center is committed to keeping patients independent, caring for all aspects of their health and well-being. Their center on Parmac Road in Chico is a shade tree planted by [Peg Taylor], a nurse whose dreams have been realized in the place that bears her name.

A big thank you to Jaime O’Neill, photographer (and Peg Taylor board member) Pat Carver, and everyone at Upgraded Living for the wonderful article.

Sponsor Spotlight: North State Vascular Specialists


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We’re celebrating the very successful Poppy Walk and 5k Run we had on Saturday! The weather was beautiful, and all of the smiling faces were inspiring. This afternoon, we’d like to thank North State Vascular Specialists for their sponsorship. The practice joined us for the first time this year, and we’re so glad to have them involved!


Denis Westphal, MD and Eugene Eddlemon, MD are board certified General and Vascular Surgeons, and their practice cares for patients with diseases of the veins and arteries utilizing minimally invasive techniques. You can learn more about them on their website.

We’re grateful to Carlla Westphal and Dr. Westphal for all of their help and support– from Carlla’s invaluable help on the Poppy Walk Planning committee, to cheering on family members running on Saturday! Special thanks to North State Vascular Specialists for their sponsorship.

Sponsor Spotlight: Corporon Law Office


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We had such a wonderful Poppy Walk on Saturday! In the wake of a very successful event (more on that very soon), we’ve got a couple more Sponsor Spotlights for you. This morning, we’d like to extend a great big thank you to Corporon Law Office!

Corporon Law Office was established in 2002 and focuses on elder law and estate planning. Long term care and Veterans benefits are among their specialties. Attorneys Scott Corporon and Josie Porras-Corporon are long-time friends of the Peg Taylor Center, and they were out at the walk with lots of friends and family on Saturday. We’re thrilled to have them on board!

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Time for another Sponsor Spotlight! A big thank you is in order for another long-time Poppy Walk sponsor, is a local, family-oriented company–and they were very first to sell plumbing supplies online, way back in 1995 (you can learn more about their company on their website). feels it’s important to give back within the community, and we’re so happy that they have chosen to support the Peg Taylor Center via the Poppy Walk. Thank you,!

Sponsor Spotlight: EXL Landa


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With the Poppy Walk in less than a week (there’s still time to register), it’s time for our Sponsor Spotlight, where we feature the Poppy Walk’s major sponsors!

Today we’re featuring returning sponsor EXL Landa (formerly Landacorp). EXL Landa has supported the Poppy Walk all three years, with a sponsorship as well as a whole team of runners and walkers.

exlLandaEXL Landa specializes in health care technology solutions that can change the way hospitals and health care providers operate. You can learn more about what they do on their website.

When the company reached out to us this year, they said “We’re so thrilled to support this fantastic organization.” And we’re thrilled to have them on board once again. We’ll see you Saturday, EXL Landa!

Countdown to the Third Annual Poppy Walk

Guess what, it’s that time again…Poppy Walk on April 13th, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.The Third Annual Poppy Walk and 5k Run is coming up on April 13th! We can’t believe it’s already the third year; we’re so lucky to have the wonderful volunteers, staff, sponsors and participants that make the Poppy Walk a success. So:

  • What: The Third Annual Poppy Walk and 5k Run!
  • When: Saturday, April 13th, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: The One-Mile picnic area in Lower Bidwell Park
  • Why: Come out and support the Peg Taylor Center for Adult Day Health Care at our main fundraiser of the year! This is our 27th year providing caring health care to adults in Chico, Paradise, Oroville and beyond. All proceeds of the walk go directly to the care of our participants. Also, it’s a really fun, family-oriented morning in the park!
  • How: Register online today, or stop by the Peg Taylor Center at 124 Parmac Road, Chico, or Fleet Feet  in downtown Chico, to pick up a registration brochure! Remember to register before March 25th to be guaranteed a Poppy Walk t-shirt.

In the News: “The Peg Taylor Center gave me back my life.”

Just before Thanksgiving, local columnist Leslie Howard visited our Center. She then wrote about her experience for her Senior Moment column in the Chico Enterprise-Record, and we couldn’t be more pleased with her reflections on our program. 

You can check out the original article here, or read it below. Many thanks to Ms. Howard for her lovely write-up of what we do!

A Senior Moment: The Peg Taylor Center ‘gave me back my life’


Posted on   11/17/2012 12:00:00 AM PST
John Preisner is determinedly picking up tennis balls, one at a time, and transferring them to a bucket. This is part of a physical therapy regimen designed to help him regain the use of his right hand after a stroke. When I explained that I was touring the Peg Taylor Center for Adult Day Health Care to write about it in the Senior Moment column, he said emphatically, “Make it positive, because this place is. It gave me back my life!”Diane Cooper-Puckett, executive director since 1985, is giving me the tour. “John has been an inspiration for so many people because he’s worked so hard,” said Cooper-Puckett. Preisner’s determination has allowed him to regain the ability and the license to drive again after the stroke had limited his mobility. Now his goal is even fuller function.Cooper-Puckett points out a painting by Feline Sampley, who lost the use of her right hand in an accident and is learning now to use her left hand to produce exquisitely delicate paintings. Her progress has been remarkable.

Since its inception, the Peg Taylor Center has used the California poppy as its logo and has sent out trademark packets of poppy seeds with an annual appeal for donations. When I asked Cooper-Puckett why the poppy was chosen, she explained that, like the participants, “They are hardy, resilient and bloom so beautifully under the most challenging conditions. It seems like a wonderful symbol of what we want for people in our programs.”

Cooper-Puckett informs me that California pioneered adult day health care and that the Peg Taylor Center was one of the first facilities of this kind to serve a rural area in California. Chico is now urban but the Chico center serves Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties, including much rural area.

The facility was born through huge community support inspired by the late Margaret “Peg” Taylor, a public health nurse who believed that those dealing with serious illness could best recover in a social setting that offered multiple services. Peg had seen the very first adult day health care program in the country, established in the San Francisco area, and was impressed by all it offered in one place.

In 1981, Peg shared her vision with a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals at the Chico Area Recreation District’s Community Center. This group of volunteers was inspired by the idea of an integrated model of care where adult participants of all ages could receive a wide range of services tailored to their individual needs.

In 1986 the Peg Taylor Center for Adult Day Health Care first opened at a local church that was among its early supporters. In 1992 it moved to its current site at 124 Parmac Road in Chico, a peaceful place set back off the main road, a bit past the DMV. Since it was established, it has provided over 1.4 million hours of care.

Professional care is provided through the efforts of 23 staff members. As listed in the website,, the center offers physical, occupational and speech therapies; nursing and personal care, social work services, recreational activities to promote health, nutritional counseling, hot lunches, transportation when needed to and from the center, caregiver support, health education, and specialized services for those with unique needs.

All participants have personalized care plans designed to maximize their abilities so they can continue living in their own homes or with families for as long as possible. Dr. Ken Fleming, the center’s staff volunteer staff physician oversees the care plans. Debi McDermont, registered nurse, and Dorothy McClure, licensed vocational nurse, see to participants’ daily health needs. The center’s five program assistants and certified nursing assistants also assist with activities, meal service and daily nursing care.

In addition, nursing, social work, and therapy students from Butte Community College and Chico State University come to the center to learn, observe and share their talents.

Participants have ranged in age from 18 to 104. Currently 25 percent are under age 65. Some participants have conditions with gradual onset like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes, while others are recovering from sudden trauma such as accident or stroke. Each participant brings to the program a mix of strengths and challenges. Some are in wheelchairs or use walkers. Some need special diets. All profit from the interactions with others and they make remarkable friendships.

As I walk through the various rooms, I can see many different programs are happening simultaneously. While Preisner is working with Occupational Therapist Amy Mukai, a discussion of current events has finished. A group is now playing Trivia Twister with one of the recreation therapists; others rebuild dexterity with household tasks, sip coffee or tea, and chat with friends. In an adjoining room, volunteer Angelina Lal-Torres is giving manicures to three women who proudly show me elegant nails. “I love to hear their stories,” smiles Lal-Torres.

Outside under a venerable walnut tree, a circular walkway is set up for those who enjoy the tranquil outdoor setting. Pretzels covered with peanut butter and seeds, a recent art project, hang to entice the birds. A small container garden, designed to be accessible by wheelchair, is being tended by a participant.

The three activities directors are aided by volunteers, who contribute over 2,600 hours each year to the programs, sharing music, crafts, pet therapy, woodworking and other special interests. Volunteer positions can be crafted to match the interests of the volunteer, and include discussion leaders, activity assistants, manicurists, educational lecturers, birthday planners, crafters, and more. A jazz guitarist plays regularly for Tuesday lunches. A volunteer pianist has been sharing her talents for 15 years. For information on how to become a volunteer, call one of the volunteer coordinators, Mary, Emily or Michele.

If you wish to donate in other ways, consider contributing a cash donation or an item on the Wish List. The center is hoping to replace its outdated computer system and would welcome contributions to the Computer Fund or of recent model PCs. In addition to computer equipment, the Wish List includes art and craft supplies, a Wii for the fitness program, and B-Line Para Transit Ride Passes. You can also start getting in shape for the Annual Poppy Walk and 5K Run to be held April 13, 2013 at One-mile Recreation Area.

The Peg Taylor Center is a remarkable, inspiring place. We in the Tri-Counties area are fortunate to have such a facility. If you think you or someone you know might benefit from the program, contact one of the social workers who can help you determine if this is the right resource, or drop by to visit. For referrals, donations, or volunteering, call 342-2345.

Leslie Howard, former teacher at Pleasant Valley High School, currently teaches English to foreign students at the American Language and Culture Institute at Chico State University. She likes travel, to be with family and friends, and to participate in volunteer interests. Send comments and suggestions for future column topics to

Letters: Center Provides a Tremendous Service

Guess who showed up in the Opinion Pages of the Chico Enterprise-Record today? Yes, it was us. One of our friends, Judy McKray Simmons, wrote a lovely letter to the editor about the Peg Taylor Center, and we just had to share it with you! You can read it over at, and we’ve also reprinted it here. Thanks, Judy!

Letter: Center provides a tremendous service

Chico Enterprise-Record. Posted: 08/28/2012 12:46:50 AM PDT

The recent fires and hot weather have raised many concerns locally for individuals with chronic health conditions. I’d like to thank the Peg Taylor Center for being there to help by offering a cool, inviting place to spend the day and receive support.

The center serves adults ages 18 to 100-plus who need assistance with daily health needs, yet want to live in their own homes or with family. My sister has attended this inspiring nonprofit program for many years and thoroughly enjoys the welcoming and supportive atmosphere of friendship and community. She also benefits from the center’s comprehensive nursing care, therapies, lively activities and delicious lunches. A big thank-you to our entire community as well for supporting this vital program. I invite you to visit the center, which is located at 124 Parmac Road in Chico, and serves Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties. For more information or to arrange a tour, call the center at 342-2345.

–Judy McKray Simmons, Chico


Highlights from the Taylor Tattler: It’s June!

Each month our Activity Directors put out the Taylor Tattler, a newsletter for clients. Here are a few of the highlights from this month’s issue.

Thanks, Keller Williams!

In honor of National RED (Renew, Energize, and Donate) Day, the folks at Keller Williams donated their time to the Center on May 10th. Armed with smiles and festive red t-shirts, they cleaned, painted, landscaped…and even barbequed some lunch for us.

Staying Cool all Summer Long

Summer is here (although it doesn’t officially start until June 20th), and the weather has really started to heat up! When the mercury rises towards the triple digits, we can keep ourselves healthy and safe by dressing appropriately, drinking lots of water, and limiting our time in the sun. An ice-cold lemonade is sounding good right about now…

Always Something to Celebrate

June is just full of landmarks and holidays, and we celebrate all of them. They include Flag Day on the 14th, Father’s Day on the 17th, and the first day of summer on the 20th. Also, the Corvette turns 59 on the 30th!

Got Milk? June is Dairy Month!

Dairy products are delicious, and we have good reason to love them—they help to fight disease! The risks of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and obesity can all be reduced by drinking milk. We’ve got trivia, too…did you know that it takes 25 gallons of milk to make just nine gallons of ice-cream? Also, the Greeks eat more cheese than any other country—they average 54 pounds per person per year. Now that’s a lot of Feta!