In This Issue
A Word From Our 
Executive Director
Dear Friends,
I'd like to acknowledge and thank Hospice of Santa Barbara, a member agency of the Alliance for Living and Dying Well, for their outreach to the Latino Community on the subject of Advance Care Planning.  
The  Mi Vida, Mi Voz initiative, described in this month's feature article, came as a result of HSB's outreach to a broad spectrum of Santa Barbara Latino community leaders and agencies.  
The inaugural event in Carpinteria was a huge success with great participation. Better yet, 25 attendees at the event completed their MyCare documents AND had them notarized and ready to submit - a sign of success indeed. 

And while I'm at it, please visit our new Alliance website at
You can register for workshops, read the newsletter and keep up with Alliance events and initiatives.  Special thanks to Ameravant Web Design for their help to the Alliance and other local non-profit organizations. 

With warm gratitude, 
Susan Plummer, Exec. Director
Upcoming Free 
Advance Care Planning Workshops
August 5 Advance Care Planning Workshop, Congregation B'nai B'rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara,  3-5 pm.  To register, call the Alliance at (805) 845-5314 or  register online.

August 12   Advance Care Planning Workshop, Sansum Clinic, 215 Pesedas Lane, 3rd floor conference room, 10 am - noon.  Call Sansum Health Education (805) 681-8976 or  register online. 

August 14 Advance Care Planning Workshop, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, 360 Olive St, 4-6 pm.  To register, call the Alliance at (805) 845-5314 or  register online

August 20 Advance Care Planning Workshop, 
Sansum Clinic, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 2nd Floor, 
540 W. Pueblo Street, 
1:30-3:00 pm.  
To register, c all Sansum Health Education at  (805) 681-8976  or  register online.

August 20 Advance Care Planning Workshop, 
Valle Verde Retirement Community, 900 Calle De Los Amigos (Community Room), 3:30 - 5:30pm. To register, call the Alliance at (805) 845-5314 or  register online.

August 21  Advance Care Planning Workshop, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara St , 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. To r egister, call the Alliance at (805) 845-5314 or register online.

August 21 Advance Care Planning Workshop, Garden Court, 1116 De La Vina St., 3:00 - 5:00 pm. To register, call the Alliance at  (805) 845-5314 or  register online 
Hospice of Santa Barbara's
focus on Advance Care Planning for the Latino community
Over the last ten months, Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) has worked on formation of Mi Vida, Mi Voz (My Life, My Voice), a group of Latino community leaders representing such organizations as Casa de la Raza, SB Housing Authority, Isla Vista Youth Projects, Carpinteria Children's Project, SB Neighborhood Clinics, Promotores Network, the Ombudsman Program at Family Service Agency and Cottage Health.  Together, this group has identified obstacles and strategies needed to bring Advance Care Planning (ACP) conversations to the Latino community of Santa Barbara.  
Based on group's findings, HSB held a "Let's Have the Conversation" event at the Carpinteria Women's Club. This three-part series focused on guiding participants on how to begin conversations around ACP. The MyCare advance care directive, which is available in Spanish and English, was thoroughly reviewed. Ultimately, participants completed their documents and had them notarized free of charge by volunteer notaries.
Adriana Marroquin is HSB's Community Initiatives Manager
Knowledgeable HSB staff were available to answer individual questions, and a notary public was present to help legalize the document. The first workshop drew 35 participants! By the end, a total of 25 MyCare documents were notarized, scanned and shared with Cottage Health. With the initial success in Carpinteria, Hospice of Santa Barbara is now planning a similar event for Spanish speaking members of the community this fall.
How to be a better caretaker:
Advice on caring for a loved one while taking care of yourself

More than 40 million Americans are caring for an elderly parent or loved one. Click here to read this article on tips to make the caregiving burden more sustainable.   
T  E  D   T  A  L K:
Creativity at End of Life

We don't usually think of end of life as a time of artistic productivity, but we should. In this powerful talk, Grisha Krivchenia brings attention to the oft-overlooked elderly community as a one of tremendous creativity with powerful messages to share at the end of their lives.  

  Click here to view this Ted Talk.
S a v e  t h e  D a t e !

Live, Learn, Lunch at Breast Cancer Resource Center
The Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara (BCRC) is launching a new program called  Live, Learn, Lunch.   This brown bag series is designed to be fun, uplifting and educational, and all survivors and women on their journey with breast cancer are welcome to attend. BCRC will provide beverages - please bring your own sack lunch.  This month's topic is  "Summertime swimsuits for the breast cancer survivor." 
Dates: First Friday of each month, starting August 2
Time:   12:00-1:00 PM
Location: 55 Hitchcock Way, Suite 101
For more information:  Call BCRC at 805-569-9693

Cottage Health Psychiatric Grand Rounds - 
"The Loneliness Epidemic"
Dara Sheik, LCSW, will present information on the prevalence of chronic loneliness, the stigma associated with this condition and methods of recognizing and understanding loneliness. 
Note:  This presentation is oriented toward mental health professionals
Date:  Wednesday, August 14, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: SB Cottage Hospital Amphitheater
Cost:   free of charge; no registration required

SAVE THE DATE! - Heroes of Hospice
Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) will host their 7th annual "Heroes of Hospice" event on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Coral Casino.  This year's event,  "Jewels by the Sea," will honor the following local organizations and individuals:
  • James S. Bower Foundation - Legacy Award
  • Suzanne Grimmesey - Partnership Award
  • No One Dies Alone Program - Volunteer Award
Click here for more information. 
For more information about Alliance For Living and Dying Well, 
visit our website.
Alliance for Living 
and Dying Well
2040 Alameda Padre Serra, 
Suite 110
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
(805) 845-5314
The Alliance for Living and Dying Well is a collaboration of Santa Barbara area agencies that seek a seamless, compassionate continuum of end-of-life care, including:  
The Alliance for Living and Dying Well is 100% privately funded, and all services are provided to the Santa Barbara community free of charge. Your donation will help make our community healthier. Support the Alliance today.    Click here    to learn more!