News

A source for articles and announcements for professionals, service providers, and groups of organizations focused on healthy active living for all older adults. The goal is to make available the information to empower the community organizations, businesses, and government agencies working together to make Marin County age-friendly. For questions about any information listed here, please call MARINSPACE at 415-492-9444.

INFORM & CONNECT: ADVANCED RESOURCES

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. 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… Continue Reading INFORM & CONNECT: ADVANCED RESOURCES

Marin Bolder Advocacy

September 29, 2017 | Marin County change makers gathered for A Nuts & Bolts Training for Marin Nonprofits Inspired to Lead Policy Change with Rise Together, Alliance for Justice and United Way Bay Area. In these times, many non-profits want to advocate for policy change, but aren’t sure how far they can go. This free workshop was designed to help nonprofit… Continue Reading Marin Bolder Advocacy

AAI SPOTLIGHT: Advanced Resources

AAI Inform & Connect work group member Fred Silverman shares about the work of Aging Action Initiative, the benefits of collaboration, and the importance of accessing the resources to deal with advanced stages of aging. What kind of work do you do? Well, at the Inform & Connect Workshop a few weeks ago, I described myself as… Continue Reading AAI SPOTLIGHT: Advanced Resources

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

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

AAI SPOTLIGHT: Food Insecurity

AAI interviewed member Marv Zauderer, Founder and Executive Director of ExtraFood, an organization “helping to end hunger in Marin.” How did you get into this kind of work? For as long as I can remember, hunger has been the problem that has broken my heart. I think this comes from my Jewish upbringing – where… Continue Reading AAI SPOTLIGHT: Food Insecurity

SPARKPOINT MARIN Introduces New Housing Advocate

August 1, 2017 | This year, SparkPoint Marin received grant funding from Marin Community Foundation to specialize in services for individuals from 60 to 70 years to help with more of the life circumstances that are critical to financial health for this age group. How do I prepare the tax returns that I need to file… Continue Reading SPARKPOINT MARIN Introduces New Housing Advocate

AAI: Applications Now Accepted for Free Detect & Connect Training!

Train the Trainer A Training Program for the Detect & Connect Workshop on Mental Health and Dementia Awareness Applications are now being accepted for the free, two part training to learn how to facilitate a Detect & Connect workshop. Training Session | Wednesday September 13, 2017 | 4:00 – 7:00pm Practice Session | Tuesday October 3,… Continue Reading AAI: Applications Now Accepted for Free Detect & Connect Training!

AAI SPOTLIGHT: Mental Health and Dementia

AAI interviewed member Marianne Gontarz York, M.S.W, L.C.S.W., gerontologist and photographer. Marianne is a renaissance woman, with a passionate, thoughtful and insightful understanding of the mental health and aging landscape in Marin. She talks about becoming an advocate for older adults and being a part of the AAI Mental Health and Dementia workgroup. Her award-winning black… Continue Reading AAI SPOTLIGHT: Mental Health and Dementia

AAI SPOTLIGHT: Age-Friendly Novato

AAI interviewed member Michael Hagerty, Ph.D., Professor emeritus at UC Davis and chair of Age-Friendly Novato. He talks about the Age-Friendly movement, the importance of collaboration, and how to achieve an Age-Friendly Marin. What is the Age-Friendly Novato? How you are involved? Age-Friendly Novato is part of a network of communities recognized for best practices… Continue Reading AAI SPOTLIGHT: Age-Friendly Novato

Participate in the Development of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services’ Strategic Plan

June 1, 2017 | This is the first time the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed a strategic plan, and it is an exciting opportunity to build on what is working and collaborate in new ways. The plan will guide HHS’ work and address specific community needs over the next… Continue Reading Participate in the Development of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services’ Strategic Plan

The Savvy Caregiver: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training

6 Thursdays | June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20 | Jewish Family & Children’s Services | 600 5th Avenue San Rafael CA | 1:30pm to 3:30pm | FREE This six-week program is about the what and how of caregiving. It is built around two ideas: 1. You probably never expected to be a… Continue Reading The Savvy Caregiver: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15

In 2012 the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations. Elder abuse is a global social issue which… Continue Reading World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15

Dominican Sisters Housing Plan Stalled

May 9, 2017 | Legal move stalls Dominican sisters’ plan for transitional housing. An attorney who lives near the Dominican sisters’ Our Lady of Lourdes Convent in San Rafael has appealed the city’s decision to allow the nuns to house two distressed families. The city’s interim zoning administrator approved a temporary-use permit in January. Dolan and another… Continue Reading Dominican Sisters Housing Plan Stalled

AAI SPOTLIGHT: Commission on Aging

AAI interviewed member Teri Dowling, Chair, Commission on Aging (back row, third from the left). She talks about the Commission’s role, goals and impact; the importance of collaboration, and how to achieve an age-friendly Marin. What is the Commission on Aging (COA)? How you are involved? The Marin Commission on Aging is a federally mandated advisory council to provide advice and assistance to… Continue Reading AAI SPOTLIGHT: Commission on Aging

So many acronyms! What do they all mean?

In your work and the work of Aging Action Initiative (AAI) you may encounter these government acronyms. Do you know what organizations they represent, how each is releated or different? Read on to test your knowledge. CSL California Senior Legislature (CSL) The California Senior Legislature is a volunteer body whose primary mission is to gather ideas… Continue Reading So many acronyms! What do they all mean?

Age Friendly Fairfax Submits Plan to WHO

May 1, 2017 | This April, the Age Friendly Fairfax Task Force submitted a five-year plan to the World Health Organization (WHO). The plan is the culmination of several years effort meet the challenge of growing older with dignity and in comfort in the Marin County Town of Fairfax. In the summer of 2014, Fairfax volunteers and elected officials… Continue Reading Age Friendly Fairfax Submits Plan to WHO

11th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Education Conference

Friday June 16, 2017 | 8:30am to 4:00pm | Rohnert Park CA | Tickets Required | The North Bay Offices of the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California & Northern Nevada presents its eleventh annual education conference in Sonoma County. Alzheimer’s Disease: Continuum of Care XI is a day-long conference for family members and professionals (continuing… Continue Reading 11th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Education Conference

Addressing Marin’s Housing Crisis One Step at a Time

Sunday April 30, 2017 | Congregation Kol Shofar | 215 Blackfield Drive | Tiburon CA | Say Yes! In My Backyard Addressing Marin’s Housing Crisis One Step at a Time 2:30pm Registration and Coffee 3:00pm to 6:00pm Program Join Marin Organizing Community for a workshop on realistic strategies for ordinary homeowners, renters, and landlords to work… Continue Reading Addressing Marin’s Housing Crisis One Step at a Time

Request for Proposal: Improving Mobility for Seniors in Marin County

April 12, 2017 | The Marin County Transit District (Marin Transit) seeks innovative proposals and ideas to explore new ways of improving mobility for seniors and people with disabilities in Marin County. The request for proposals comes from the Marin Access Mobility Innovation Incubator. The 2017-2018 Marin Access Mobility Innovation Incubator’s call for proposals is open to… Continue Reading Request for Proposal: Improving Mobility for Seniors in Marin County

Money Matters: A Place Called Home

Saturday May 20, 2017 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm | Free | Registration is recommended | Whistlestop | 930 Tamalpais Ave | San Rafael CA | A Place Called Home: Making the Most of the One You Have and Finding One You Can Afford About the Event This is a FREE talk given by local experts to… Continue Reading Money Matters: A Place Called Home

Special One Day Class for Dementia Caregivers

Friday April 28, 2017 | Family Caregiver Alliance and the Alzheimer’s Association present: There Must Be a Better Way Than This! A SPECIAL ONE DAY CLASS FOR DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS At this class, you’ll learn tips and strategies for understanding and communicating with someone affected by dementia. You’ll also learn:  How to handle difficult behaviors… Continue Reading Special One Day Class for Dementia Caregivers

Housing Issues in Marin

Wednesday May 3, 2017 | Marin Coalition presents “Housing Issues in Marin”. Price increases, affordable housing programs and concerns, limited supply. The issues that surround housing here in Marin are numerous and sometimes daunting Join Marin Coalition on May 3rd when two very knowledgeable presenters will share their perspectives and solutions regarding the various dimensions of… Continue Reading Housing Issues in Marin

Oppose Trump’s FY18 Budget Proposal

April 11-24, 2017 is Congressional Easter Recess. The American Society on Aging (ASA) urges you to contact your House member and two Senators during this time to express your opposition to President Trump’s FY 18 budget proposal. In the past, ASA efforts helped prevent the American Health Care Act from coming to a vote in the House. Now… Continue Reading Oppose Trump’s FY18 Budget Proposal

Advocate for Seniors on May 11th

Join other service providers at the state capitol to advocate for enhanced quality of life for older Californians  May 11, 2017 is Senior Rally Day in Sacramento. Join California Senior Legislature advocating for seniors on the Capital Grounds from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Established by state law, the mission of the California Senior Legislature is to help preserve… Continue Reading Advocate for Seniors on May 11th

Update of County of Marin’s Area Plan for Aging Released

March 31, 2017 | Department of Aging & Adult Services has just released the first update to Live Long, Live Well: Marin County Area Plan for Aging 2016-2020. This is the current four-year plan for the Marin County Area Agency on Aging (AAA). The four-year plan and this update will inform policy makers, funders, service providers,… Continue Reading Update of County of Marin’s Area Plan for Aging Released

AAI SPOTLIGHT: Transportation

April 3, 2017 | AAI interviewed member Robert Betts, Director of Planning Operations, Marin Transit. He talks about transit options for seniors in Marin, the importance of collaboration in his work, and how to achieve an age-friendly Marin. What do you do for Marin Transit? I’m Director of Planning for Operations for Marin Transit, the public transit… Continue Reading AAI SPOTLIGHT: Transportation

Victory Village: Not Yet a Victory for Affordable Senior Housing

April 1, 2017 | After five years of planning, the Town Council of Fairfax will soon decide the fate of Victory Village, a proposed 54-unit affordable senior housing proposal. The housing nonprofit Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative, wants to buy 20 acres from Christ Lutheran Church at 2626 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to develop apartments for… Continue Reading Victory Village: Not Yet a Victory for Affordable Senior Housing

Creating a Network Strategy for Aging in Marin

March 29, 2017 | Aging Action Initiative (AAI) hosted a Convene & Connect event to explore “Creating a Network Strategy for Aging in Marin”. Roughly 100 people attended to connect, share and work within AAI’s network of agencies, policy makers, and other colleagues from across the county to shape the future of aging in Marin. Our mission is… Continue Reading Creating a Network Strategy for Aging in Marin

13th Annual Healthy Aging Symposium

Thursday May 4, 2017 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Tickets Required  The Marin County Health and Human Service Office of Aging & Adult Service and the Commission on Aging present the 13th Annual Healthy Aging Symposium: Intimacy for Healthy Living This year’s keynote speaker is Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine… Continue Reading 13th Annual Healthy Aging Symposium

Senior Corps RSVP – Notice of Funding Opportunity

DEADLINE: April 4, 2017 | The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to increase the impact of national service in one or more counties across the country. CNCS intends to fund RSVP grants that support volunteers age 55 years and older in activities that serve community needs and respond to the National Performance Measures… Continue Reading Senior Corps RSVP – Notice of Funding Opportunity

SparkPoint Marin Provides Free Financial Coaching and Support Services

February 22, 2017 | At SparkPoint Marin people can access a wide variety of services to help them achieve financial stability and prosperity. A partner in the AAI Economic Security Workgroup, SparkPoint Marin helped plan and deliver the Finances 50+ workshops. The workshops were designed to help older adults understand how to make money go further, debt… Continue Reading SparkPoint Marin Provides Free Financial Coaching and Support Services

Advocate for Increased SSI/SSP

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… Continue Reading Advocate for Increased SSI/SSP

AAI SPOTLIGHT: Shared Housing

February 24, 2017 | AAI interviewed member Leslie Klor, Director of Shared Housing for Senior Resources, a Program of Episcopal Senior Communities. She talks about shared housing, its impact on our senior community and how to achieve an age-friendly Marin.   What do you do for Episcopal Senior Communities? I’m Director of a program called Shared Housing.… Continue Reading AAI SPOTLIGHT: Shared Housing

AAI Announces New Program Director

February 7, 2017 | The Steering Committee of Marin’s Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Jackson as Program Director. Jackson will help lead our collaborative of more than 65 agencies and organizations into our next phase of development for this important county-wide effort. Joe O’Hehir, AAI Steering Committee Chair… Continue Reading AAI Announces New Program Director

The Latino Family: Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Wellness Forum

Alzheimer y Demencia en Familias Latinas Foro Educativo Para Cuidadores Saturday February 4, 2017 | 8:30 am – 1:00 pm| Free | Registration is recommended | Petaluma Community Center | 320 N. McDowell Boulevard | Petaluma CA La Asociación de Alzheimer, en colaboración con UCSF Memory and Aging Center, presenta “Alzheimer y Demencia en Familias Latinas – Foro… Continue Reading The Latino Family: Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Wellness Forum

FREE Tax Service Available to Marin Low Income Households

February 3, 2017 to April 17, 2017 | Earn it! Keep it! Save it! is a coalition of Bay Area organizations that provide free tax preparation to households earning less than $54,000 a year. As a part of the coalition, SparkPoint Marin Center is providing free tax help to qualifying households. SparkPoint Marin Center is the economic… Continue Reading FREE Tax Service Available to Marin Low Income Households

Money Matters: 50+ Finances

Tuesday February 7, 2017 | 6:00 am – 8:30 pm | Free | Registration is recommended | YWCA Marin | Suite A-1 | 4380 Redwood Highway | San Rafael CA 50+ Finances: Take Control of Your Financial Future About the Event A FREE, hands-on workshop developed by AARP and the Charles Schwab Foundation. How to develop… Continue Reading Money Matters: 50+ Finances

Senior Housing in Marin: Needs, Challenges and Opportunities

January 5, 2017 | Marin Commission on Aging special presentation on senior housing. Guest speaker: Deborah La Rue, Planner, Housing and Federal Grants Division, County of Marin Community Development Agency Presentation includes: A look a the housing crisis Under- and over-housing County support Future planning Public Q&A To view the video, click here.

Major Milestone for an Age-Friendly Marin

December 20, 2016 | As cities around the world and cities around the Bay Area are looking into ways to become more age-friendly, Sausalito has reached a major milestone in achieving it. Sausalito has become the first city in Marin to approve an age-friendly action plan to assist seniors in the coming years. Using the World… Continue Reading Major Milestone for an Age-Friendly Marin

AAI Pilot Program Sets Stage for Future Advocacy Efforts

Last Spring, the AAI Food & Nutrition Workgroup took legislative action to increase access to fresh healthy food to low income seniors. The initiative was a pilot effort to create local awareness and participation with CA4SSI Statewide organizing efforts. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is income assistance for people who are 65+, blind, or disabled. The… Continue Reading AAI Pilot Program Sets Stage for Future Advocacy Efforts

Money Matters: 50+ Employment

Saturday December 3, 2016 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Free | Registration is recommended | Guzman Hall | Dominican University | San Rafael CA 50+ Employment: Yes, Virginia, You Can Still Find Meaningful Work About the Event This FREE interactive workshop will help you secure just the right job, including part-time, full-time and project work.… Continue Reading Money Matters: 50+ Employment

Heart of Marin 2017 Excellence in Innovation Award Nominee

November 15, 2016 | AAI has been nominated for the Excellence in Innovation Award as part of the Heart of Marin Awards produced by the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Management (CVNL) and presenting sponsor Union Bank. The Heart of Marin Awards recognizes outstanding nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them. The Excellence in Innovation Award and $5,000… Continue Reading Heart of Marin 2017 Excellence in Innovation Award Nominee

Money Matters: A Place Called Home

Saturday November 12, 2016 | 9:00 am – 11:30 pm | Free | Registration is recommended | Guzman Hall | Dominican University | San Rafael CA A Place Called Home: Making the Most of the One You Have and Finding One You Can Afford About the Event This is a FREE talk given by local experts to discuss… Continue Reading Money Matters: A Place Called Home

New Resource Guide Helps with Funding for Aging Programs

November 2, 2016 | Do you want to make an impact? Include aging in your portfolio. The number of older adults in America is growing fast, giving grantmakers countless opportunities to make a difference in this area. Aging influences nearly every aspect of our communities. The opportunities are limitless, the benefits are powerful, the time is… Continue Reading New Resource Guide Helps with Funding for Aging Programs

AAI Represents at Senior Information Fair

October 26, 2016 | Aging Action Initiative and its member organizations took part in the 31st annual Marin County Senior Information Fair at the county civic center exhibition hall. Each year over 100 exhibitors showcase a variety of community resources and services that cater to the North Bay’s 55+ population. Nearly 20% of the exhibitors… Continue Reading AAI Represents at Senior Information Fair

Money Matters: Financial Planning Day

Saturday October 29, 2016 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | Free | Registration is recommended | Manzanita Room | Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall | San Rafael CA About the Event In partnership with the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco, Certified Financial Planners will provide free one-on-one counseling sessions. Participants can discuss a wide… Continue Reading Money Matters: Financial Planning Day

Take a Survey on the Future of Transportation in Marin

October 7, 2016 | The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) invites residents to join a county-wide conversation about Marin’s transportation future by participating in a five-minute online survey. The online survey is your opportunity to tell TAM what matters most to you, such as: Improved public transit Environmentally-friendly travel choices Maintenance and repair of local roads Improvement… Continue Reading Take a Survey on the Future of Transportation in Marin

AAI Steering Committee Presents New Strategic Direction

September 27, 2016 | The Aging Action Initiative(AAI) Steering Committee presented a new strategic direction to a key group of AAI Workgroup members. The Workgroup Gathering included key workgroup members for discussion and feedback of the 2.0 strategic plan. Our vision is a county-wide, age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong, diverse… Continue Reading AAI Steering Committee Presents New Strategic Direction

Money Matters: Retirement Risks for Women

Thursday October 6, 2016 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | Free | Marguerita C. Johnson Senior Center | 640 Drake Avenue Sausalito CA About the Event A one-hour presentation at the Marin County Commission on Aging’s October meeting in partnership with the Women’s Institute For a Secure Retirement (WISER). Linda K. Stone, a Fellow with… Continue Reading Money Matters: Retirement Risks for Women

Request for Proposal: AAI Program Director

September 28, 2016 | The Aging Action Initiative Steering Committee and County of Marin seeks a person or organization to provide leadership, coordination and administrative support to the Aging Action Initiative. The purpose of Aging Action Initiative is to promote a countywide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of… Continue Reading Request for Proposal: AAI Program Director

Money Matters: Finances 50+ Workshop

Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Free | Dominican University Meadowlands Assembly Room | 50 Acacia Avenue San Rafael CA Over the age of 50? Concerned about your financial future? Take control of your financial future and join us for this free workshop. Finances 50+ is a hands on workshop developed by… Continue Reading Money Matters: Finances 50+ Workshop

AAI Launches Financial Counseling for Older Adults

September 14, 2016 | The AAI Economic Security Workgroup has just announced its new program “Money Matters: Addressing Your Financial Future in Marin”. The goal is to help residents help clarify their financial situation and explore choices around critical issues like housing and jobs The program is the latest addition to the AAI, launched in 2014 by the Marin… Continue Reading AAI Launches Financial Counseling for Older Adults

“Seeking Safety” Training for Substance Abuse/Trauma Practitioners

Practitioners will gain a working knowledge of Seeking Safety, learn implementation strategies, role play formats, and rehearse tough cases Seeking Safety is an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. It directly addresses both trauma and addiction without requiring clients to delve into the disturbing trauma memories. Because of this approach, Seeking Safety counseling… Continue Reading “Seeking Safety” Training for Substance Abuse/Trauma Practitioners

Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative to Launch

August 30, 2016 | The Marin Community Foundation is launching a Healthy Eating and Active Living for Older Adults strategic initiative. Strategic Initiative Launch Event Thursday, September 8, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Homeward Bound, The Key Room 1385 Hamilton Pkwy, Novato, CA 94949 The purpose of this event is to help prospective applicants gain a clear understanding… Continue Reading Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative to Launch

AAI Launches Train the Trainer

July 28, 2016 | The AAI Mental Health & Dementia Workgroup conducted its first Train the Trainer course. The course was designed to provide others with instruction on how to facilitate a Detect & Connect Workshop. The Detect & Connect program was originally conceived as a workshop to help others who regularly interact with older adults. The workshop covers how to recognize concerning behaviors, connect… Continue Reading AAI Launches Train the Trainer

Whistlestop to Pursue New Downtown Site for Expansion

August 16, 2016 | From the Marin Independent Journal Whistlestop is moving ahead with a plan to relocate to a former Pacific Gas and Electric Co. site near the senior center’s downtown San Rafael location. The nonprofit that serves seniors hopes to move to a 3-acre site at 999 Third St., which it would share… Continue Reading Whistlestop to Pursue New Downtown Site for Expansion

Invitation for Bid: Congregate Meal Production and Delivery

August 30, 2016 | The County of Marin, Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Adult Services announces the issuance of an Invitation for Bid (IFB) seeking a vendor to provide Congregate Meal Production and Delivery to older adults for the grant period November 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.  These services are funded by a… Continue Reading Invitation for Bid: Congregate Meal Production and Delivery

AAI Teaches Cooking to Elder Caregivers

July 13, 2016 | The AAI Food & Nutrition Workgroup piloted its second cooking class focused on nutrition for older adults. The July Cook & Connect class was created to support elder caregivers. The bilingual class (English and Spanish) was sold out and nearly half the participants were Spanish speakers. The class was designed so that elder caregivers understand proper… Continue Reading AAI Teaches Cooking to Elder Caregivers

Transit Plans for Marin Seniors Needs Your Input

July 18, 2016 | Voters in Marin County have made it clear that supporting senior mobility is a priority. Dedicated local funding for this purpose has been approved through ballot measures, Measure A and Measure B. These funds are entrusted to Marin Transit, the provider and a central coordinator for public transportation within Marin County. The… Continue Reading Transit Plans for Marin Seniors Needs Your Input

AAI Trains Front Line Staff Who Help Elderly

June 29, 2016 | The AAI Information & Assistance Workgroup held its third Inform & Connect workshop. The workshops focus on training for front line staff who help elderly. The goal is to educate and support 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.… Continue Reading AAI Trains Front Line Staff Who Help Elderly

Detect & Connect: Train the Trainer

Thursday July 28, 2016 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Facilitator Training Workshop | A free, 2-hour facilitator training to learn how to conduct a Detect & Connect workshop. Detect & Connect helps people recognize concerning behaviors, connect compassionately with older adults and connect individuals with resources. Who Should Attend Our first Train the Trainer is open… Continue Reading Detect & Connect: Train the Trainer

Cook & Connect: A Workshop for Elder Caregivers

Wednesday July 13, 2016 | 5:00 – 7:30 pm | FREE Bi-lingual Class | This free cooking class for elder caregivers will provide hands-on training. The bi-lingual class (English and Spanish) is designed to support those who cook for older adults. Learn how to create “healthier” comfort food that tempt older appetites: “Mac ‘n Cheese” with a… Continue Reading Cook & Connect: A Workshop for Elder Caregivers

Inform & Connect: A Workshop for Front Line Workers Who Help Older Adults

Wednesday June 29, 2016 | 9 am – 4 pm | FREE Workshop | This free, daylong interactive training is 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… Continue Reading Inform & Connect: A Workshop for Front Line Workers Who Help Older Adults

Information Session: Elderly Hospital Rights

Tuesday July 5, 2016 | 1:00pm | FREE Workshop | Northgate Mall Community Room, San Rafael CA 94903 Elderly Hospital Rights: Protect Your Patients, Loved Ones, Yourself! The elderly often become victims of the hospital system. If you are or work with the elderly it is particularly important for you to understand patient rights. This session will cover… Continue Reading Information Session: Elderly Hospital Rights

Apply Now: 2016 Marin Senior Information Fair

Reserve your booth now!  Early discount until July 15, 2016.  Exhibit at the fair or become a Sponsor Become part of the popular, well-publicized event. The 2016 Fair is Wednesday, October 26, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Approximately 5000 attendees and 140… Continue Reading Apply Now: 2016 Marin Senior Information Fair

Town Hall Forum on Senior Issues

Tuesday September 6, 2016 | 1pm – 4pm | Registration required | Marin Association of Public Employees, 16 Mitchell Avenue, San Rafael CA 94903 Meet the Candidates Come to this regional convention on senior issues sponsored by California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA). Meet the candidates in key Congressional and State races. Learn about important State… Continue Reading Town Hall Forum on Senior Issues

AAI Featured in IJ Article about Empowering Seniors

May 23, 2016 | Many older adults in Marin hope to age in place while remaining in their homes and communities. With 25 percent of residents in Marin aged 60+ and the cost of living one of the highest in the state, now more than ever, help is needed to address the challenges of aging in Marin. “It’s a radical act… Continue Reading AAI Featured in IJ Article about Empowering Seniors

Combating Stereotypes of Old Age

May 25, 2016 | Community Collaboration Combating Stereotypes of Grandmas and Graffiti Artists Damon McLeese runs an art gallery in Denver. Damon’s mother had some dementia issues before she passed away.  One day he was heading to the gallery and his mother exclaimed, ‘Oh, I wish could come with you because I’m tired of doing coloring books. I’m tired. I want… Continue Reading Combating Stereotypes of Old Age

A Guide to Cooking with Alzheimer’s Disease

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… Continue Reading A Guide to Cooking with Alzheimer’s Disease

Great Advice from a Dementia Care Worker

May 18, 2016 | 16 Things I Would Want If I Got Dementia  Rachael Wonderlin specializes in long term dementia care. She is the Memory Care Director at Senior Services Of America and blogs at Dementia By Day. Rachael has spent a lot of time fielding questions about the disease and has a heartfelt wish to share. When… Continue Reading Great Advice from a Dementia Care Worker

Better Nutrition Program for Older Adults

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.… Continue Reading Better Nutrition Program for Older Adults

AAI Educates on Mental Health & Dementia in Elderly

April 28, 2016 | The AAI Mental Health & Dementia Workgroup held its second Detect & Connect workshop. The workshops focus on mental health and dementia issues in older adults. The free workshops explore on Detection, identifying normal aging vs. abnormal behavior, and Connection, effective communication techniques and appropriate support services. The workshop was created for community members who… Continue Reading AAI Educates on Mental Health & Dementia in Elderly

AAI Advocates at Capitol for SSI/SSP

April 28, 2016 | It was a packed room at the Senate budget hearing in Sacramento. The sheer number of people was impressive. Of those advocating for increased SSI/SSP, 17% were from Marin County. The rest were from San Francisco and the East Bay. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and State Supplementary Payment (SSP) is income assistance for people who… Continue Reading AAI Advocates at Capitol for SSI/SSP

Marin Community Foundation Healthy Eating Active Living Community Needs Assessment

The Marin Community Foundation recently presented the results of this study to help guide the work of the AAI Nutrition Workgroup. While the primary purpose of the study was to guide MCF grantmaking, the foundation coordinated its efforts with the County’s Area Agency on Aging and is making its data available to the public. Here are… Continue Reading Marin Community Foundation Healthy Eating Active Living Community Needs Assessment

AAI Trains Front Line Staff Who Help Elderly

April 26, 2016 | The AAI Information & Assistance Workgroup held its second Inform & Connect workshop. The workshops focus on training for front line staff who help elderly. The goal is to educate and support help-desk, information hotline, and other front-line volunteers or staff specifically tasked to provide clients with information about programs and services available throughout… Continue Reading AAI Trains Front Line Staff Who Help Elderly

What’s Next for Aging in Marin?

April 20, 2016 | Aging Action Initiative hosted a Convene & Connect event to explore “What’s next for aging in Marin?” More than 100 people showed up to connect, share and work with the Aging Action Initiative, policy makers, and other colleagues from across the county to shape the future of aging in Marin. Networking & Sharing Ideas:… Continue Reading What’s Next for Aging in Marin?

CONVENE & CONNECT: What’s Next for Aging in Marin?

Wednesday April 20, 2016 | 8:30 – 11:30 am | Tickets Required | Aging Action Initiative 3rd Convening  Join Aging Action Initiative work group members, policy makers, and other colleagues from across the county as we come together to shape the future of aging in Marin. Share your unique perspective as we explore what’s next for: Influencing Policy,… Continue Reading CONVENE & CONNECT: What’s Next for Aging in Marin?

Advocate for Food Policy & SSI Reform

Get on the bus! April 28, 2016 | Help Marin join the statewide CA4SSI effort to lift SSI recipients out of poverty SSI reform is needed! Join us for a trip to Sacramento to testify at a CA Senate budget hearing about SSI/SSP. We need to ask our state leaders to raise benefit amounts! The issue Did you… Continue Reading Advocate for Food Policy & SSI Reform

12th Annual Healthy Aging Symposium

Thursday May 5, 2016 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Tickets Required  The Marin County Health and Human Service Office of Aging & Adult Service and the Commission on Aging present the 12th Annual Healthy Aging Symposium: Trail Blazers in a Changing World This year’s keynote speaker is Spencer Michels, Correspondent and Producer of PBS NewsHour. Michels began… Continue Reading 12th Annual Healthy Aging Symposium

Detect & Connect²: A Workshop on Mental Health and Dementia Issues in Older Adults

Thursday April 28, 2016 | 3:30 – 6:30 pm | FREE Workshop | When interacting with older adults, it’s helpful to know how to detect behaviors that might reflect mental health or dementia issues, and how to compassionately respond and connect them to resources. The Aging Action Initiative is piloting a workshop targeted to this need. This FREE… Continue Reading Detect & Connect²: A Workshop on Mental Health and Dementia Issues in Older Adults

Now Hiring: Whistlestop

Now Hiring!  The Active Aging Center is now hiring for two key positions: Active Aging Center Manager Nutrition Program Coordinator Founded in 1954 as Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Whistlestop promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County. Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center provides delicious meals, educational… Continue Reading Now Hiring: Whistlestop

New Software Enables Companies and Cities to Adapt to Population Ageing

March 15, 2016 | While researching their book, Marketing to the Ageing Consumer, ageing experts Kim Walker and Dick Stroud, discussed the issue with senior representatives of academia, government, healthcare and industry. They identified the need for a measurable process that could evaluate any environment from the perspective of older people. Being Age-Friendly means questioning the… Continue Reading New Software Enables Companies and Cities to Adapt to Population Ageing

Older Driver Safety and Mobility

February 29, 2016 | California Highway Patrol’s “Age Well Drive Smart Program” for Older Drivers It’s the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) mission to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California. To that end, addressing older driver safety and mobility is a high priority for the CHP. Within the past… Continue Reading Older Driver Safety and Mobility

Information Session: Learn about Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Friday February 19, 2016 | 10:00 – 11:00 am | FREE Admission Marin Health and Human Services 20 North San Pedro Road San Rafael CA 94903 Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) is a program that provides stipends to low-income people who are either 65+, blind, or disabled. In Marin, there are 3,700 people living on SSI/SSP and 1,300 of our county’s… Continue Reading Information Session: Learn about Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Targeting the Root of Senior Hunger

November 12, 2015 | About aging and hunger from the Sept/Oct issue of Aging Today by the American Society on Aging “Today, millions of older adults face food insecurity instead of sharing meals and stories with their grandchildren. With 10,000 people turning 65 every day, and with today’s growing rates of income inequality, by 2050, 18 million older… Continue Reading Targeting the Root of Senior Hunger

Aging2.0 AgeTech Expo

Registration is now open!  Aging2.0’s AgeTech Expo to be held November 19-20, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The Aging2.0 AgeTech Expo brings together aging services providers and tech companies for cross-sector innovation insights and collaboration opportunities. The 2-day conference and technology exposition features innovation tours and workshops, inspiring keynotes, practical education panels, technology… Continue Reading Aging2.0 AgeTech Expo

The Hidden Poor: Our Older Adults

The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index) was developed to provide an evidence-based indicator of the actual basic costs faced by older adults.The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, in collaboration with the Insight Center for Economic Development, calculates those costs and examines their implications for California. 1 in 5 older adults have incomes… Continue Reading The Hidden Poor: Our Older Adults

Peace Village: Low Income Housing for Seniors

September 3, 2015 | In collaboration with Christ Lutheran Church, Resources for Community Development proposes to develop Peace Village, 40 units of housing for low income seniors, incorporated within an existing neighborhood and school community. The project will be designed as a beautiful and healthy place for seniors to age-in-place in Marin, in addition to… Continue Reading Peace Village: Low Income Housing for Seniors

ARE YOU 60 OR OLDER? Marin County needs your input!

September 3, 2015 | Older Adult Needs Assessment Survey The County Department providing federal and county funding to a wide variety of services to older adults in Marin is distributing an Older Adult Needs Assessment survey to understand the needs and concerns of older adults. This will guide the county board in determining the county’s goals, activities,… Continue Reading ARE YOU 60 OR OLDER? Marin County needs your input!

2014 Profile of Older Americans

August 24, 2015 | Administration on Aging Administration for Community Living U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The Older Population The population age 65 years or older numbered 44.7 million in 2013 (the most recent year for which data are available). They represented 14.1% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. The… Continue Reading 2014 Profile of Older Americans

Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears

August 19, 2015 | Supervisor Sears shares her thoughts about aging in Marin. Aging in Marin: Meeting Our Growing Needs by Initiating Multi-Year, Public-Private Partnerships to Deliver a Better Future for Older Adults Starting in January of 2015, I began serving as the Board of Supervisor’s liaison for issues of aging throughout the County. Mid-way… Continue Reading Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears

Whistlestop’s Mission Plaza

August 13, 2015 | Whistlestop’s goal is to transform its current building into a transit-oriented, earthquake safe senior center with on-site services and senior housing to meet the needs of our growing senior population. The urgency of the Whistlestop project is driven by the arrival of the SMART train in 2016 which will operate just inches… Continue Reading Whistlestop’s Mission Plaza

Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain, say UCLA researchers

August 10, 2015 | Since 1970, life expectancy around the world has risen dramatically, with people living more than 10 years longer. That’s the good news. The bad news is that starting when people are in their mid-to-late-20s, the brain begins to wither — its volume and weight begin to decrease. As this occurs, the brain can… Continue Reading Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain, say UCLA researchers

Science of Aging part 2

August 2015 | Marin Magazine Marin County’s top minds weigh in on preventing cognitive decline, optimizing digestive health, taking care of telomeres and extending life span. BY ANN WYCOFF • ILLUSTRATION BY TRINA DALZIEL According to a United Nations report, soon there will be more 60-year-olds than 15-year-olds in our society. It’s the result of fewer births and… Continue Reading Science of Aging part 2

Science of Aging part 1

July 2015 | Marin Magazine Marin County’s top minds weigh in on healthy living and longevity. BY ANN WYCOFF • ILLUSTRATION BY TRINA DALZIEL Kale. Coconut oil. Matcha. Probiotics. Vitamin D. Strength training. Sleep. Each day, we are bombarded with information on ways to stay healthy — lists of new superfoods, elixirs for longevity, the latest vitamins… Continue Reading Science of Aging part 1

Religious Leaders & Agency Gathering – Marin County’s Aging Action Initiative

Wednesday September 2 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm First Presbyterian Church, San Rafael (Chapel Lounge) Topic:  Aging Action Initiative A panel of speakers will share their work over the last 18 months led by the County and Marin nonprofits on how to create partnerships to best serve the county’s robust & growing senior population. Faith… Continue Reading Religious Leaders & Agency Gathering – Marin County’s Aging Action Initiative

Practice Change Leaders

Call For Applications:  The Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health is a national program to develop, support and expand the influence of organizational leaders who are committed to achieving transformative improvements in care for older adults. The Practice Change Leaders program is jointly supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation.… Continue Reading Practice Change Leaders

California Readmissions Summit

Tuesday October 13, 2015  |  8:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm South San Francisco Conference Center255 South Airport Boulevard South San Francisco, CA 94080 EVENT OBJECTIVES Examine how communities from across the nation have successfully worked together to drive down readmission rates. Contrast the strategies you are currently using to those outlined throughout the day. Plan… Continue Reading California Readmissions Summit

Public Policy Institute of California Webcast

Friday August 7, 2015 | 12:05 to 1:30 pm PDT Details: » REGISTER TO WATCH ONLINEFor full program information and to attend in person, visit http://www.ppic.org/main/event.asp?i=1814. About the Program:  California is facing a period of rapid growth in its senior population, and the need for at-home assistance or nursing home care will rise significantly. The policy… Continue Reading Public Policy Institute of California Webcast