January 2017

  Ashby Village starts off 2017 in a new home
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley.   See Story NewOffice
In This Issue
painting the new office

New Staff

Story Team: Eva and Linda

Embracing Change Workshop


Ashby Villag e Links

villageMovmentAniversayVillage Movement's 
15th Anniversary Celebration
Beacon Hill Village in Boston has invited Villages around the country to participate "virtually" in an event featuring Dr. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, author of the seminal book Being Mortal. The event will be live-streamed to Villages across the United States.

You are invited to join us at our new office on February 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to participate in this event.
Ashby Village's Culture of Giving

Ashby Village's culture of giving continues to be strong, with records set last year.  Combined support for several funds saw over 160 members, volunteers and other friends donate over $83,000.  This year, we are on target to reach our goal of $100,000 - with your help, we will.  We can't thank our donors enough for your generous support for Ashby Village! Your generosity enables Ashby Village to create new programs. In addition, 10% of all gifts made to the Founders Fund will help subsidize low-income members, as part of the It Takes A Village Fund.
Martin Paley at Development Event

Martin Paley - Thinking About The Future
When long-time Bay Area civic leader Martin Paley addressed a group of Ashby Village members and friends this fall, asking everyone to think about the future and to think about how to make a positive commitment to that future, he spoke from deep experience...
ManuelaAshby Village Has a New Community Engagement Manager

Manuela Pegoraro is taking over for Andrea Mok. Can anyone step into the incredible Andrea's shoes? Manuela brings a vast experience of working for non-profits spanning many continents and cultures. She speaks 6 languages, and thrives on working in multi-cultural environments.

storyteamStory Team
two women playing scrable
Volunteer Linda Jacobs playing Scrabble with AV member Eva Kertesz.

Words with Friends
Writing by Cynthia Overbeck Bix
Photography by Nancy Rubin

"There-that's a fifteen!" says Eva, with a note of triumph in her voice...   For Linda, her visits with Eva are an important part of a community.
Retirement Transition Workshop

Presented in collaboration with the UC Retirement Center, this workshop is based on key learnings from the Village's Retirement Transition Group. We discovered four core topics that carry most of the questions and concerns around the shift from a full-time job to being "retired." It helps to realize that, while we each take our own path, there are some common themes.
This half-day, highly interactive workshop will be held on the Berkeley campus. It is open to UC staff and to Ashby members and volunteers who have recently retired or are contemplating retirement.
Workshop Details
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
1:30 - 4:30
150 University Hall
  • If retired, what surprised you most? If not retired, what are your main questions?
  • Finding structure in retirement
  • Purpose, identity, and meaning in retirement
  • Health and body changes in retirement
For more information, contact Mary Graham at  

embracingChange-Embracing Change 
in Lives and Living Places

Volunteer training on Saturday February 4, 2017   
Are you interested in becoming an official Ashby Village Volunteer or know someone else who is interested?
MedPal Training on Monday February 13, 2017
Are you interested in helping members navigate the health care system?
members-volunteers Members and Volunteers Welcome

Ashby Village Happy Hour
at the new office
Friday Jan 6, 4 pm- 5:30 pm.
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. 

Yoga Mat
Thursdays, 10 am


Fridays,  10 am 
Epworth United Methodist
1953 Hopkins, Berkeley

Interest Group Potluck 
at the  home of Andrea Mok. Please RSVP to Andrea

Third Monday of the month
Jan. 16, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

North Berkeley Neighborhood Group

The North Berkeley Neighborhood group is revitalizing its offerings of interest group sessions by holding three potluck dinners in the New Year. The purpose of the dinners is to explore the range of interests that exists within the neighborhood and to consider possible ways for sharing them with like-minded members. The overall objective is to enhance the sense of community among the members in the North Berkeley Neighborhood group.   The dinners are scheduled for January 22, February 19 and March 19 from 5-7 PM. More detailed information is forthcoming.

"Get on the Move" In Your Community
Watch for our "Guide Book to Healthier Aging Activities" in our local communities coming soon to all Ashby Village members.
One Neighborhood Gem
Accessible by bus, BART, and foot, The  Berkeley YMCA offers a wide range of classes and individual strength training programs. Zumba, Aerobics, Yoga, Pilates, Body Sculpting, and Cycling classes are just a few examples.

A program designed specifically for older adults includes Senior Aerobics, Senior Strength Training, Gentle Yoga, and a medically supervised exercise program for people with a history of heart disease.   Personal strength training programs are also available for an additional fee.  More


10/11/16Wall Street Journal
by Laura Landro, "Personal Journal"  

"Older patients may face risks from taking too many prescription drugs:  more doctors push to deprescribe...  Studies show nearly 40% of older patients (60's and older) take more than five medications" which can cause serious health issues. More.
Tuesday 12/6/16, New York Times, Ask Well
by Gretchen Reynolds

The good news is "yes."  A recent study at the University of Alabama indicated that "men and women in their 60's and 70's who began supervised weight training developed muscles that were as large and strong as those of your average 40 year old." The key was "regular and progressive weight training" ... at least three times a week.  More.
10/4/16 , New York Times,  Personal Health
by Jane Brody
"Men experience about half as many osteoporotic fractures as women. But when a man breaks his hip because of osteoporosis, he is more likely than a woman be permanently disabled and twice as likely to die within a year.  More.

Hikes and Strolls

Sunday, January 8, 
9:30- 11:30 AM
Leader Eric Schroeder
Flat, interpretive walk along the Bay shoreline just south of the Bay Bridge. 1-3 mi options.  RSVP to  
Saturday January 14,
 11 AM-1 PM
Leader Claire Heinzelman
Redwood Regional Park Stream Trail, After crossing sunny meadows this wide and flat partially paved trail leads into lovely ancient redwoods, and along a beautiful stream.   More 
Sunday, January 22, 2-4 PM
Leader Claire Heinzelman
Tilden Park Nimitz Trail.  This is a relatively level walk on a paved fire road, offering views of the Bay and inland valleys.   More 
Saturday January 28
, 1-3:30 PM
Leader Audre Newman
Redwood Regional Park, West Ridge to Dunn Trail
Moderate, beautiful walk through towering redwood forest with some ups and downs and an overall 400 ft elevation.   More 
Saturday February 4
, 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Leader Celeste Burrows
Joaquin Miller Park, walk through varied scenic environments including redwood forests. RSVP to 
Sunday February 19
, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Leader Audre Newman
Arrowhead Marsh Hike, Martin Luther King Shoreline Park, Oakland
EAST Nature walk along Tidal Arrowhead Marsh, great for wintering and migrating water birds.  Wheelchair accessible. 
RSVP or Audre Newman 510-548-0530
WhatReadingWhat We're Reading

"What was that?"
Hearing loss can creep up on you steathily, with disturbing repercussions
Washington Post
By Marlene Cimons

Geriatric ERs reduce stress, risks for older patients
By Anna Gorman
July 27, 2016

". . .help you help yourself"
Why Volunteering is Good For Your Mental Health
Time Magazine
August 9, 2016
By Alexandra Sifferli

The Age of Longevity
Why Your Grandmother Is Still Working
August 18, 2016
Psychology Today
By Rosalind C. Barnett, Ph.D., and Caryl Rivers
   Read Story

Did you know. . .?
4 shocking things most people don't know about Social Security
September 11, 2016
USA Today
By Sean Williams

Community Bulletin Board
Free Alpine Staircase Chair Lift

The family of Bernard and Margaret Harvey, recently deceased members, would like to offer an Alpine Chair/Stair Lift to someone in the Ashby Village community. While there will be costs and effort associated with its removal and installation, this could be a valuable opportunity. The transfer will need to happen by January 20th.  If interested, contact

Photos from Ashby Village Holiday Party

Don Hubbard, La Rae Schneider and Sam Foushee

Saturday, December 3rd, at the Albany Community Center, a fun an festive time was had by all.  Many thanks to volunteer Barbara Young for her jazz singing and song leading, to the Events Team and all the volunteers who helped to make this 7th Holiday Party a great success.   CLICK HERE for more photos.

Intergenerational Relationships in an Increasingly Complex Social World
Presenter:  Charlene E. Depner, Ph.D. 

As part of At Home With Growing Older's intergenerational focus on aging, this forum will look at how intergenerational relationships help us to flourish; explore the contributions of grandparents and adults who assume traditional "elder" roles; and examine the way new complexities of our social world, including new social and legal roles, can accommodate or promote cross generational connections and life styles.   At Home With Growing Older  forum

January 19, 2017, 6-8 pm.    
Ed Roberts Campus, Koret Room,  3075 Adeline (At Ashby BART)
Berkeley, California
Admission is free
Looking for Reviewers

Retired Cancer Research Scientist and aspiring children's book author, Audrey Robinson, has written a seven book series (for ages 5-8) and illustrated three of them.  She is seeking members of the community who would be willing to critique her writing and illustrations. Contact Audrey Robinson, 

womensmarchBay Area's Women's March on Washington,
January 21

The Women's March is a national movement to unite everyone (not just women) who stand for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice.  There will be marches in D.C. and around the country, including in   Oakland SF , and  San Jose .   We will be standing together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.  For more info  click on any of the city links above or see this website:
Newsletter co-editors Richard Bermack and  Charli Depner