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Join us on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30 to 8:00 for delicious appetizers and wine, engaging displays and entertainment and a chance to win prizes and spend time with friends and colleagues. 

This year, we are delighted to honor Anne Hinton, the Executive Director of the Department of Aging and Adult Services. Join as a sponsor and/or purchase your ticket online here .  Join the current list of sponsors by August 31 to be listed in the event program.  Find more event information on our website.

Resilience and Re-framing Aging  
St. Francis Square Community Living Campaign Committee Fosters Resilience 
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Marcia shares a button collage from the many movements she engaged in,with resilience. 

Each week, Marcia Peterzell, CLC Community Connector, writes up an excellent summary of resource information and upcoming events for the St. Francis Square Co-op's weekly newsletter, The Friday Flyer.

Her article this week about Resilience caught my eye. Resilience is the ability to recover from the stress of a traumatic event.  Researchers are finding those who can be resilient in 'smaller' difficult situations have capacities for the larger difficult situations of life.  Marcia pointed out that "at Community Living Campaign, we know about this factor of support and its link to healthy aging."  The link between resilience and aging well is explored in an article by Dr. Robert Brooks, who included ten expert tips for resilience:

  1. Develop a core set of beliefs that nothing can shake;
  2. Try to find meaning in whatever stressful or traumatic thing has happened;
  3. Try to maintain a positive outlook;
  4. Take cues from someone who is especially resilient;
  5. Don't run from things that scare you: face them;
  6. Be quick to reach out for support when things go haywire;
  7. Learn new things as often as you can;
  8. Find an exercise regimen you'll stick to;
  9. Don't beat yourself up or dwell on the past; and,
  10. Recognize what makes you uniquely strong - and own it!"

Learn more about these tips on resilience in an article by Dr. Robert Brooks at



Reframing Aging - Helping People Engage
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A wide array of funders in the area of aging agreed to pool resources to help understand and improve the way the public and policymakers view aging. John Feather, CEO of the Grantmakers in Aging, details their efforts in his recent article in the Huffington Post


Important new research conducted by the Frameworks Institute can help. Gauging Aging: Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of Aging in America details and evaluates the very different ways that the general public and the professional elite regard the issue of aging. The FrameWorks Institute is known for identifying effective ways to talk about complicated social issues. Learn more about this at special event October 23 at the San Francisco Main Library.  More information to follow.  

White House Conference on Aging 
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SF's Executive Director of the Dept. of  Aging and Adult Services, Anne Hinton, was one of the few local leaders invited to the White Housing Conference on Aging in July.  In President Obama's address, we  are reminded of the role Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security have played in providing a very basic measure of economic security.  To see videos of the key panel presentations and President Obama's remarks, go to   White House Conference on Aging.  
Calendar of Up-Coming Events

A Busy August Features Workshops & Presentations to Improve Your Health
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Myths of Aging and Vial of Life Emergency Packets
Connections for Healthy Aging (CHA) is hosting mini workshops on Myths of Aging and the Vial of Life - a great way to make sure first responders can find important information in an emergency. Join us on  August 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 at Rosa Parks Senior Center (1111 Buchanan St.) or on August 20 from 1:00 to 2:00  at Western Addition Senior Center (1390 1/2 Turk St.). Download a flyer for Rosa Parks or a flyer for Western Addition .

Connections for Healthy Aging Workshop Reunion.
Have you attended one of the many Healthy Aging Workshops we've held since 2011? Past participants are invited to join us for a reunion on 
August 18th from 3:00 to 5:00 
at 1280 Laguna. For more information about the reunion,  download a flyer here or contact marcia.peterzell@comcast.net about this and other CHA activities.

Health and Wellness Presentation with Blood Pressure Checks and Lunch
Join   OMI neighbors at IT Bookman (446 Randolph St.) on  August 20 starting at 10:00 am. Please RSVP to Judy Auda at judyauda@yahoo.com

Hearing Screening with Bilingual Chinese/English Audiologist
After a very successful hearing screening with the Northern California Hearing and Speech Center in April, the Cayuga Community Connectors are hosting another one on  August 21 from 1:00 to 4:00  at Bethel Lutheran Church ( 2525 Alemany Blvd). Free hearing tests will be available in English and Chinese. Space is limited. To sign up, please contact Patti Spaniak at pspaniak@mac.com. Download a flyer in Chinese here.

Presentation on Understanding Depression
The Cayuga Connectors are also hosting Professor John McQuaid on August 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 at Bethel Lutheran Church (2525 Alemany Blvd.) for a presentation on Understanding Depression. Professor McQuaid, Ph. D. is  Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Associate Chief of Mental Health for Clinical Administration at UCSF. Please contact Patti Spaniak at pspaniak@mac.com for more information.

Aging While Black Forum - September 19th 
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2014 Aging While Black Panelists
Save the Date! The fourth annual Aging While Black Forum will be held in the OMI on  Saturday, September 19 from 10:00 to Noon, followed by lunch at IT Bookman Center (446 Randolph St.). 

Guest speakers will include Veronica Shepard, SF Dept of Public Health on Food Security; McCrea Parker from Zero Divide around Bridging the Digital Divide and Anthony Lopez about Real Estate, Wills and Trusts. For more information, contact Deb Glen at debglen1@gmail.com

People Power: The Community Organizing Tradition of Saul Alinsky 
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CLC friend and supporter Mike  Miller has just published a new book PeoplePower: The Community Organizing Tradition of Saul Alinsky.

Attend a free conversation with Mike Miller on Wed., Sept. 9, 7:00 at 2521 Channing Way in Berkeley.  Mr.  Miller directs the ORGANIZE Training Center.  Please RSVP to Sandy Olgeirson at  sandyo@berkeley.edu  or 510-642-4072.
Shiela Malkind, the Director and Creator of the Legacy Film Festival, has curated  another wonderlful collection of films that touch on the themes of Love, Sexuality, Generations, Memory, Friendships, Creativity, and Empowerment.

September 18th through 20th  
New People Cinema
1746 Post St. in Japantown 

"For many people, 'old' connotes frailty, loss. I'm not going to deny the downside, but viewers will experience thought-provoking, poignant and humorous films about people who have triumphed over these challenges." says Malkind.

For more information, go to  www.legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org . CLC is proud to once again be a sponsor of this wonderful series. 
Building Connections and Forging Links 
Empowered Elder To Do List, including the Vial of Life and Connections Workshops 
Over the next few months, we will step up our efforts to help empower seniorsand people with disabilities to develop their own personal Empowered Elder "to do" list, a copy of which is linked here.  

flexible menu of workshop topics helps us bring topics to organizations individually and in series.  If you would like more information about how to bring a presentation or workshop to your organization, contact Marcia Peterzell at marcia.peterzell@comcast.net.

We are thankful for the support of the May and Stanley Smith Trust to further the development of the program in San Francisco and help us bring it to other communities in partnership with the California Alliance for Retired Americans

Cayuga Connectors and Beyond 
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Carmelita's garage became the site for an informal workshop on reaching out to isolated neighbors by Linda Silver and Marcia Peterzell (pictured top right along with Carmelita, Patti and    .  

CLC Goldsmith Hearing Vision Initiative provides Hearing and Vision "To Go Kits" to help make sure those with hearing and vision loss are included in all CLC events. Cayuga neighbors test them out (bottom right). 

Cayuga Community Connector Patti Spaniak set aside some time to help St. Francis Episcopal Church host a Transportation Fair.  Read more about it in this month's Ingleside Light . Work continues with Supervisor Yee on the issue and planning is underway for another Transportation Forum in the OMI in October.  

Cayuga Connectors is looking to get more followers on Facebook. Keep Up with this inspiring group on their Facebook page.

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CLC Keeps Up Its AIDS 
Walk Tradition 
Hats Off to to our small but loyal group of walkers and donors to the  2015 AIDS Walk.  Not too late to make a donation!  Deadline for donations is August 14th.   CLC is team 1529 and use this link  to  support the CLC AIDS Walk Team!  
Proceeds for this year's  walk  benefit Project Inform and a host of other important local resources. 
Upcoming Computer Classes
360 Valencia Street Computer Lab  Free computer classes and one-on-one assistance continues at 360 Valencia on Mondays starting at 9:00 a.m. This month's classes include Skype, Internet Safety, and Earth Cams.  And bring your phones, tablets, laptops and questions to our ever popular "Help Desk"  on Monday, August 17, 9:00 to 3:00 and join us for lunch on our Meet-Up Monday. 


clc logo with bus that says on the road Presentations On The Road  Join us this month for a lively array of free presentations on Online Games, Internet Safety, Genealogy, Basic Email and the popular Help with Phones and Other Tech Gadgets.  For information about these and other hands-on presentations, contact Judy Auda at 415-826-3194 or judyauda@yahoo.com.

Regular CLC-Supported Computer Labs  CLC sends tutors and CLC Tutor with Senior at computer trainers to senior and community centers around the City as part of the San Francisco Connected program. Community Connector Janis Kaempfe (pictured right) provides weekly tutoring and support on Tuesdays from 9:00 to Noon at Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center at 660 Lombard St.