INFORM & CONNECT: ADVANCED RESOURCES

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Wednesday November 1, 2017 | 9 am – 4 pm | FREE Workshop |

A free, daylong interactive training about information and resources specific to older adults 85+ and those who need more resources.

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This training is designed for help-desk, information hotline, and other front-line volunteers or staff who provide clients with information about programs and services available throughout the county for people who are 85 and older or need more advanced resources. Specialists on the following topics will share their knowledge, expertise and resources through short panel presentations and audience Q&A:

  • Vision
  • Senior Peer Counseling
  • Home Maintenance
  • Pets
  • Meals
  • Telephone Reassurance
  • Care-Giving
  • Dementia
  • Aging-in-Place
  • Residential Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospice Care

Attendees will make connections with professional colleagues, build professional expertise, and enhance their service to the community. CEUs available.

Who Should Attend

Front line volunteers and others who support the resource referral needs of people 85 and older and those that need more advanced resources.

REGISTER HERE

Registration problems? Call 415-492-9444

To view/download the flier, click here.


About Aging Action Initiative

The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of aging service providers through education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MARINSPACE.

INFORM & CONNECT: A Workshop for Front Line Information Assistance and Resource Referral Staff

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Thursday September 21, 2017 | 9 am – 4 pm | FREE Workshop |

A free, daylong interactive training designed to support those who help older adults access resource referral information.

This training is designed for help-desk, information hotline, and other front-line volunteers or staff specifically tasked to provide clients with information about programs and services available throughout the county. Specialists on the following topics will share their knowledge, expertise and resources through short panel presentations and audience Q&A.

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Financial Abuse
  • Attendant Care
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Staying Connected

Attendees will make connections with professional colleagues, build professional expertise, and enhance their service to the community.

Who Should Attend

Front line volunteers and staff who support the resource referral needs of older adults. Up to three people may register per agency or organization for the workshop.

7 Free CEUs provided courtesy of NASW-CA are offered for this workshop.

To register, click here or call 415-492-9444.

For a copy of the event flyer, click here.

About Aging Action Initiative

The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of aging service providers through education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MARINSPACE.

Advocate for Increased SSI/SSP

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Help Marin join the statewide CA4SSI effort to lift SSI recipients out of poverty

We are gearing up to advocate for increasing SSI/SSP benefits again this year with the CA4SSI coalition. There are two important budget hearings coming up in March. Same as last year, we want to emphasize:

We are asking the CA Legislature to restore SSI/SSP grant cuts and the Cost of Living Adjustment. We are using this fact sheet to explain the context and outline our request.

If you would be willing to speak about the important role that SSI/SSP benefits play in your community, these hearings will be a really powerful place to share those stories during the open comment period.

Thursday March 2, 2017 | Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services

  • Members: Senator Pan (Chair), Senator Monning, Senator Stone. Although Senator McGuire is not on this subcommittee, he is on the Budget and Fiscal Review committee, so Marin has some influence.
  • Transportation: The hearing will start at 9:30am, but it is likely that they will be hearing about SSI at around noon. There is a bus being organized from San Francisco to leave at around 7:00am, so if you would like to come to this hearing, you could either meet the bus in San Francisco, or take your own transportation. We can help to facilitate carpooling.
  • Take Action: If we hear from a few of you that you’d like to come, we can work on setting up a meeting with Senator McGuire’s office that morning.

Wednesday March 15, 2017 | Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services

  • Members: Assemblymember Arambula (Chair), Senator. Harper, Senator Mathis, Senator Rubio, Senator Wood, Senator Ting (Alternate), Senator Obernolte (Alternate)
  • Transportation: This hearing will start at 2:30pm, and it’s expected that SSI/SSP will be the first topic that’s heard. Transportation will be organized.
  • Take Action: If we hear from a few of you that you’d like to come to this hearing, we can try to set up a meeting with Assemblymember Levine’s office.

To be in Action:
Contact Becky Gershon
Senior Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
bgershon@sfmfoodbank.org
(415) 282-1900 (x317)

About Aging Action Initiative
The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of aging service providers through public education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MARINSPACE.

A Guide to Cooking with Alzheimer’s Disease

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May 24, 2016 |

A Comprehensive Guide for Caregiver’s: Cooking with Alzheimer’s Disease

Paula Wolfert is an American author of nine books on cooking and the winner of five James Beard awards. She is also an Alzheimer’s activist. In late 2013, Paula announced that she had been diagnosed with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment), an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease. She talks openly about how it has changed her life and her ability to cook.

“Some things I can still smell, like rosemary. I can’t smell roses. I can’t smell smoke. But I am still so focused.”

Cooking is among the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). Caregivers typically have to play an increasingly larger role in aiding with these activities as Alzheimer’s disease progresses. By remaining active and continuing to do the things they once enjoyed, people with Alzheimer’s disease are often able to maintain their skills and independence longer. 

“I try to cook something every few days, like practicing a musical instrument”

When it comes to cooking, Paula may have an advantage. There are many cognitive, emotional, and other health-related benefits of cooking for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The writers at culinaryschools.org put together a comprehensive guide encompassing the benefits of cooking for people with Alzheimer’s disease, creating a safe environment, and making it enjoyable.

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The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide

To see the entire guide, click here

To learn more about Paula, visit her website paula-wolfert.com

Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commission and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin and coordinated by MARINSPACE, collaborating for an age-friendly environment. For more information visit agingactioninitiative.org or connect with us on Facebook.

Better Nutrition Program for Older Adults

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May 17, 2016 |

“Next Steps to Better Nutrition” Program for Older Adults

The Next Steps to Better Nutrition program was developed by the National Council on Aging and the American Heart Association to teach older adults about better nutrition. The program focuses on the relationship between nutrition and chronic disease.

The program consists of a 6 hour-long modules. The modules cover how older adults can afford, purchase, and cook more nutritious foods. Participants discover how they can take concrete action steps to improve their diet and keep their heart healthy. Each module includes related teaching materials, video presentations, facilitator scripts, and handouts. Most handouts include Spanish versions.

These training modules can be used to deliver nutrition education in senior centers and other community organizations.

The complete set of nutrition education modules is available to download below.