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. 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.

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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 regularly support the needs of older adults

Those in attendance have included both care givers and professionals from all over the county. Participants who interact with older adults learned how to detect behaviors that might reflect mental health or dementia issues, and how to compassionately respond and connect them to resources.

Those in attendance included both care givers and professionals from the city of San Rafael, EAH Housing, and two local law offices

The event was videotaped for future training and development. There will be a Train the Trainer workshop in June (date TBD). If you would like to be notified about registration, please contact or call 415-492-9444.

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 or connect with us on Facebook.

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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 workshop focuses first on Detection, including normal aging vs. abnormal aging behavior. You will gain insight to identify symptoms and observable behaviors. The workshop then focuses on Connection, including responding in the moment to the observable behavior with empathy and compassion, effective communication techniques, and how best to connect the person to appropriate support services.

To register, click here or call 415-456-9067

To download the 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 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.


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Older Driver Safety and Mobility

February 29, 2016 |

California Highway Patrol’s “Age Well Drive Smart Program” for Older Drivers

CHP-logo-jpgIt’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 six years the Department has placed emphasis on helping California’s older drivers. The CHP now has a series of programs and efforts to address older driver safety and mobility.

To see a list of the CHP programs and efforts, click here.

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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, and funding priorities for the next four years. You can also complete this survey for someone over the age of 60 who lives in Marin and is unable to do so.

Older Adult Needs Assessment Survey

Complete the survey online at
To request a paper copy of the Older Adult Needs Assessment survey, please call 415-457-INFO (4636)

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