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6% Increase Over Next Three Years
Congress finally just passed bipartisan legislation renewing the Older Americans Act  for three years and the President signed it. LEARN MORE

First Friday 
Happy Hour
May 6, 4-6pm
Ashby Village Office

Lunch at Danute's
Tues, May 10 noon
Shrimp & Veggies


Sun, May 22, 2-4pm
College Ave Presbyterian Church
5951 College, Oakland
LEARN MORE


Wish you were 90, so you could attend?
90's Tea Party
Fri, May 27, 10:30am

 

Yoga Instructor
Lisa Brooks returns

May 31, 1:30-3:00 pm
Courage to Breathe Yoga Workshops
LEARN MORE

MEDPAL knocking...
Ashby Village now automatically assigns a MedPal (a specially trained volunteer) to assist any member who is having any type of outpatient procedure, and to all 90+ members when they request a ride. Please note: you must have the ability to get into and out of the volunteer's car to be eligible for an Ashby Village ride.

New Yorkers 75+ 
Still BadAss  After All These Years
      See 29 great photos!
Who's Counting? 
In 2020, Alameda County will be home to more than 260,000 adults over age 65. 

By 2030, 1 in 5 Alameda County residents will be in the 65 plus age group.

By 2040, the number of older adults will substantially outstrip the number of children under the age of eighteen.

Alameda County has just updated its Plan for Older Adults...
MAY 2016
This is the last article in our year-long 
Focus on Five series in celebration of 
Ashby Village's fifth year anniversary


 
FOCUS ON FIVE YEAR - Its a Wrap!
 
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This article is the last in a one year series, called Focus on Five, that began with Ashby Village's  June announcement of its Fifth Year Anniversary, and our exciting June 14 Townhall Birthday Party when State Senator Loni Hancock and Mayor Tom Bates presented a Proclamation congratulating Ashby Village on its contribution to the City of Berkeley its first five years.  The  congratulatory video  from sister Beacon Hill Village was very special. And we caught the whole celebration in photographs.
 
Our next Focus on Five article explored the question " What is Ashby Village? " as our new Board Member Rochelle Lefkowitz picked three words to describe where Ashby Village is now; her words were Paradigm, Partnership, and Community.  

During this Focus on Five year, volunteers began having a blast hanging out together. The Hearts & Hands Volunteer Program and B'Cause Volunteer Program have been a hit helping others, while the Play-It-Forward volunteer activities such as the
DragonMax races have been wild and fun.
 
And in the Focus on Five year we took what we learned on the road to share with others. Ashby Village newbie Kit van Buskirk told us about her adventures in October 2015 when twelve Ashby Villagers participated at the national Village to Village Conference in Seattle.
 
During the Focus on Five year, the Ashby Village newsletter introduced several new regular features to readers. The Story Team highlights a member-volunteer pair with a special relationship (e.g., read about little dog Griffin) and more recently we began the Healthier Aging Column (see below).
 
Shirley Haberfeld and Pat Sussman at Yasai And one of the most important investments the Focus on Five year made to securing the future of Ashby Village was establishing the Founders Fund, which has raised almost a million dollars.
 
We've come a long way, baby, since Ashby Village celebrated its First Ashby Village birthday !

Culture of Giving
TIPS ABOUT GIVING AND SAVING 
AT THE SAME TIME

Pat Kirkpatrick
"I feel passionately about the Ashby Village Founders' Fund and I believe in the "It Takes a Village" scholarship. I very much like to dedicate my money to making sure that people who otherwise can't afford Ashby Village can enjoy the services. "I think its a very important part of the Village."

When my husband turned 70 years and six months old, he was required to take a distribution from his IRA," she adds. Congress has passed legislation that allows you to choose not to take the money personally and pay taxes on it, but to roll over the amount directly into a 501 charity. It's a great way to make a donation. "We have our favorites," Pat adds: "Every year we give to Ashby Village."  

LEARN MORE   on how to save taxes by making IRA Rollovers to charitable organizations, instead of paying taxes on money withdrawn for personal use. 

And LEARN MORE about how Ashby Village volunteering was the perfect segue from work to retirement for Pat Kirkpatrick.
Hear that doo-wop tune? 
Revist the '50's with Ashby Village.
LEARN MORE about polka dot sprinkles and
April's Volunteer Appreciation Day.

Spotlight:  
Making These the Best Years

Did you know the happiest times of life are 
at the beginning and at the end?
(why is this kept a secret?) 

Ashton Applewhite, author of the new bookThis Chair Rock" A Manifesto Against Age-ism makes the surprising statement " People are happiest at the beginnings and the ends of their lives. The vast majority of Americans over 65 live independently. The older people get, the less afraid they are of dying. Why don't more people know this stuff?"

Applewhite explains "Because we live in a culture that drowns out all but the negative about growing old, or even just aging past youth. Why is that? Because social and economic forces frame aging as a problem, so they can sell us remedies to "fix" or "stop" or "cure" it. Aging is a natural, lifelong, profoundly enriching process- experience tells us so. Aging means living, which is why it's so damn interesting. And to paraphrase British journalist Anne Karpf, it makes no more sense to be anti-aging than anti-breathing." LEARN MORE 
And Ashton Applewhite is not alone in his thinking. 
LEARN MORE  about how others are making sure their retirement years are the most meaningful years of their life. 

AGE-ING TO SAGE-ING
Reclaiming the Role of Elder 
in the Age of  Longevity
with Charlene Depner, PhD

Presented byAtHomeWithGrowingOlder
 
May 19, 6pm 
Ed Roberts Campus (Ashby BART Station)
3075 Adeline, Berkeley

Baby Boomers are asking "What's next?" Ashby Village volunteer Charlene Depner is a Sage-ing International Intern and proud alum of The American Society on Aging Leadership Institute. Her longstanding focus has been on the social and demographic drivers shaping the American Family.  She is passionate about optimizing the quality life in of the second half of adulthood, building inter-generational bridges, and working with people as they navigate this uncharted stage of the life course. LEARN MORE

Note: Charlene is author of last month's Ashby Village article about Leaving a Legacy that means more than money.

SPOTLIGHT 
Balance & Strength
 
Try Something New!
Sample 2 Workshops
 
Tues, May 17, 1-2:30pm  
Strength Training for Seniors
Pamela McKernan, ACSM, personal trainer at the Berkeley "Y ."  Pamela specializes in Senior Core Training and Rehabilitation

Tues, May 24, 1-2:30pm  
Qi Gong  
Improve balance, flexibility and overall health and vitality. This demonstration class with Cait McWhir offers both seated and standing options. Cait has 
developed a self care
class for seniors integrating Qi Gong and acupressure massage. 

For locations or to RSVP
510-204-9200 or
Limited space!
NEWSWORTHY
 
Live Dangerously: 
Sitting = High Risk 
" Sitting too much may increase the risk of dying prematurely,  while replacing sitting time with just standing or moderate physical activity could counteract the effect."
LEARN MORE
- link to NY Times, WELL, 3/29/16 by Nicholas Bakalar 
 
 
Thriving at Age 70 and  Beyond 
Many women have already outlived both their parents. " ..With a rising number of American women expected to celebrate their 100-th birthday, there could be quite a few years to think about." LEARN MORE
 
- link to NY Times, WELL, 4/26/16 by Jane Brody   
 
ON THE MOVE
 
Hikes & Strolls in May  
Spring has Sprung - blossoms are everywhere! 

Walk alone
Walk with a friend
Walk with skilled guides Audre Newman and  Celeste Burrows.
 
Sun, May 8, 3-5:30pm
Redwood Park: Dunn Trail w/Audre
Mild ups and downs thru 
redwoods, pines, arching oaks and bay trees.
 
Sun, May 15, 8-9pm
Scenic, flat, 2 mile walk by Emeryville shoreline at sunset and  identify plants and constellations by moonlight. 
 
Sat, May 28, 3-5:30pm
Redwood Regional Parkw/Audre
Beautiful 3+ mile hike, 
some ups & downs.
Not wheelchair accessible.  

HEALTHIER AGING

SPOTLIGHT 
Balance & Strength
 
Try Something New!
Sample 2 Workshops
 
Tues, May 17, 1-2:30pm  
Strength Training for Seniors
Pamela McKernan, ACSM, personal trainer at the Berkeley "Y ."
Pamela specializes in Senior Core Training and Rehabilitation

Tues, May 24, 1-2:30pm  
Qi Gong  
Improve balance, flexibility and overall health and vitality. This demonstration class with Cait McWhir offers both seated and standing options. Cait has 
developed a self care
class for seniors integrating Qi Gong and acupressure massage. 

For locations or to RSVP
510-204-9200 or
Limited space!
NEWSWORTHY
 
Live Dangerously: 
Sitting = High Risk 
" Sitting too much may increase the risk of dying prematurely,  while replacing sitting time with just standing or moderate physical activity could counteract the effect."
LEARN MORE
- link to NY Times, WELL, 3/29/16 by Nicholas Bakalar 
 
 
Thriving at Age 70 and  Beyond 
Many women have already outlived both their parents. " ..With a rising number of American women expected to celebrate their 100-th birthday, there could be quite a few years to think about." LEARN MORE
 
- link to NY Times, WELL, 4/26/16 by Jane Brody   
 
ON THE MOVE
 
Hikes & Strolls in May  
Spring has Sprung - blossoms are everywhere! 

Walk alone
Walk with a friend
Walk with skilled guides Audre Newman and  Celeste Burrows.
 
Sun, May 8, 3-5:30pm
Redwood Park: Dunn Trail w/Audre
Mild ups and downs thru 
redwoods, pines, arching oaks and bay trees.
 
Sun, May 15, 8-9pm
Scenic, flat, 2 mile walk by Emeryville shoreline at sunset and  identify plants and constellations by moonlight. 
 
Sat, May 28, 3-5:30pm
Redwood Regional Parkw/Audre
Beautiful 3+ mile hike, 
some ups & downs.
Not wheelchair accessible.  
Top of the Hill Successful Nature Hikers from Ashby Village


Volunteer Opportunities
Hearts N Hands opportunities:

Window Washing Caravan
10am Thurs, May 12
Enjoy washing windows with others.

Odds & Ends
10am Friday, May 20

Can you set up VCR & DVD players?
Times are changing, and Ashby Village is changing with it. Nowadays almost every electronic appliance has digital settings (even if its just setting the clock). We've realized we need a new category of services that involve assisting with electronic equipment, such as a VCR, a DVD player (included HiDef), or other items with an electrical socket. Not to worry though. Handypersons will continue to do their usual thing (light plumbing (lots of washers to fix dripping faucets!), and minor repairs and maintenance (lightbulbs, loose hinges, and hanging pictures, etc.). Look for the invitation in your inbox inviting you to volunteer in Electronics, so we can add your name to our electronics request list (as always, your simply receiving a request in no way obligates you to respond to a particular request). 

Do you speak English? 
The local YWCA has l ots of international visitors who really want to talk to you, so they can practice speaking English. LEARN MORE

LEARN MORE about becoming a volunteer. And see  new volunteer opportunities  for specialized skills and interests. 

Community Bulletin Board

Sat. May 7, 2-3:30 pm  
Estate Planning Basics - Attorney Sara Diamond
Sat., FREE
Fellowship Hall at Epworth United Methodist,
1953 Hopkins, N.Berkeley
(510) 524-2921
Learn more about wills, trusts and probate.  Bring your questions!

May 10, 10 am
Senior Balance Training, FREE
Downtown Berkeley YMCA
Review factors that affect balance and stability and learn the basics of balance training. 45 min discussion followed by 45 minute Q&A
 
Non-members welcome
Registration required: leave your name and # attending, call 510-665-3244
 
 




May 13-22 is
East Bay Affordable Housing Week 
 
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May 18, 5:30-7:00 pm Author Event with             Lynn Snyder

University Press Bookstore, 2430 Bancroft Way. LEARN MORE
 
May 21, 2016, 2-5pm
Berkeley City College
Introductory Event 

 
May 25,  7:30am - 4:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn
1800 Powell St. Emeryville 
 
SEEKING: 1 BR, studio or room in a large house: Need to move by June 1 , I'm looking for a place with no more than $1150/month, including utilities. I f you know of something I might rent, please let me know:
suediehl@hotmail.com or 
 (510) 528-8325

FR EE:  Microwave
Magic Chef, 0.7 cu ft., 10 power levels, good co ndition.  Contact marciafree@earthlink.net to arrange pick-up.
 

SUMMER HIKING IN THE SIERRA: The Berkeley Hiking Club will have a summer outing in late July with
3 days of beautiful, easy/medium/advanced hikes in the North Tahoe area.  RSVP as soon as possible. For more info
contact Charlie Schad: charlie.sch@att.net .









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