October 2016

Declutter Buddie Laura Mahanes (left) working with Jeri Cardoza attempting to reclaim the kitchen table.  Photo by Richard Bermack.

decluter Ashby Village Needs YOU! 
Become a Declutter Buddy

Regaining control over the objects in one house can be a daunting task. Who are you going to call? The Ashby Village declutter team is currently forming.
Poet Chana Bloch reads from her inspiring work,  Dying for Dummies, about meeting the challenge of maintaining one's sense of self as the body deteriorates.  Photo by Felix Kramer.

This Issue

Story Team: Three's Company

New book by Arlie Hochschild

Forgetfulness, a poem by Billy Collins

In Loving Memory

Ashby Village Links

BoardComingsGoingsChange with Continuity -  Board of Directors Comings and Goings

One seat on the Ashby Village Board has just turned over - but with an uncanny continuity. Roberta Pressman, who's been on our board for six years (since its founding), has stepped down. Pressman will continue chairing our Member Support Team, but in the coming weeks will focus outside our Village on the upcoming U.S. Presidential and Senate elections. We're pleased to extend a warm welcome to our newest board member: Beth Burnside.  Already contributing ideas and energy as Co-Chair of our Neighborhood Group Council, Burnside brings decades of leadership experience to our board and intends to carry forward Pressman's focus on our village's inner, day-to-day workings. 

SocialCareCoordinator Letter from Hilda Hernandez-Gravelle, 
Social Care Coordinator
Are you familiar with the Member Support Programs at Ashby Village? Do you know that you can access programs and services staffed by retired professionals from social work and mental health professions who can offer support as you manage challenges typical of this phase of our lives?

storyteamThe Story Team

Kristina Holland, Margie Pezzaglia and Kris Owens.         Photo by Nancy Rubin
Three's Company
Story by Cynthia Bix
Photos by Nancy Rubin

Meet three remarkable women and hear how what started as providing transportation led to a rewarding friendship.
Volunteer Orientation and Training
Saturday October 29, 2016
Members  are increasingly calling in for support, which is wonderful! Some of the particular areas where  volunteers are needed include transportation, light handyman work, support of members at medical appointments and much more. To learn more about becoming a volunteer please contact the office.
Just Released
Strangers in Their Own Land:
Anger and Mourning on the American Right
By Arlie Russell Hochschild - Ashby Village Member

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country - a stronghold of the conservative right.

by Billy Collins

The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of,

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

Long ago you kissed the names of the nine muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,
the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,
it is not poised on the tip of your tongue
or even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.

It has floated away down a dark mythological river
whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall

well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.

No wonder you rise in the middle of the night
to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.
No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.

Billy Collins, "Forgetfulness" from Questions About Angels. Copyright © 1999 by Billy Collins. Reprinted with the permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

members-volunteers Members and Volunteers Welcome

Get together with friends!
Oct 7, 4:00-5:30 pm
Ashby Village Office

Wed.,Oct 5 & 9 11 am
Epworth United Methodist
1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley
Drop-Ins welcome

Yoga Mat
Thursdays, 10 am
Ashby Village Office


10am Fridays
Epworth United Methodist
1953 Hopkins, Berkeley

rainbow flag

Saturday, Dec 3, 2-5pm
Albany Community Center
newIn the News
FLASH!  Fire at First Congregational Church in Berkeley
Friday, September 30, fire swept through the  Plymouth Hall, part of the church's property used for offices and the Large Assembly area on the Channing side of the building. Church staff, children from the East Bay School for Boys, and students in the UC Berkeley dormitory across the street were evacuated. Ashby Village offices, located in Durant House on the other side of the building, were unaffected. By the end of the day, the fire was fully extinguished, but the church is facing extensive damage. It is unclear if, and how, Ashby Village operations will be impacted, but we have offered our assistance to support their recovery efforts in any way that we can. We are most grateful to the Church for their generous support of our Village since the outset.  Stay tuned for further information.
Private Equity Pursues Profits in Keeping the Elderly at Home

The P.A.C.E. program designed to keep elders in their home and out of the nursing home. The rules have been lightened and people who didn't initially qualify now do under Medicare & Medical. This development not only gives Ashby Village's vision a boost but also challenges us to integrate our vision with this potential for improving home health care for the elderly
from the New York Times submitted Robert Davis 

Failure to Improve Is Still Being Used, Wrongly, to Deny Medicare Coverage

A lawsuit settlement made clear that providers and Medicare adjudicators cannot apply the so-called improvement standard. Yet the practice continues.

from the New York Times submitted by Elaine Hooker

A Stanford University project guides people - healthy or not - to write a letter to their loved ones so they won't have regrets at the end of life.

from the New York Times submitted by Elaine Hooker
'America's Other Drug Problem'
Copious Prescriptions for Hospitalized Elderly

A doctor had prescribed blood pressure medication for a 99-year-old woman at a dose that could cause her to faint or fall. An 84-year-old woman hospitalized for knee surgery was taking several drugs that were not meant for older patients because of their severe potential side effects....

from Medscape submitted by Dagmar Friedman
Community Bulletin Board

These events are open to the public, fee varies from city to city,  presented in collaboration with the
Declutter Buddies.
Decluttering Workshops  
Presented by Jean Goldman and Jean Hoehn

Mon, Oct 17, 10 am - 12 pm
Albany Community Center,
For registration info please contact Nick 510.524.9283

Wed, Oct 20, 10 am - 12 pm
El Cerrito Community
For registration info p lease contact Taylor 510.559.7000 x004

Mon, Oct 24, 10 am - 12 pm
Berkeley, Live Oak Park
For registration info please contact Mia 510.981.5142

Film showing and discussion by film producer Stan Dodson

11:30 am Thursday Oct 20
Epworth Church
1953 Hopkins St., Berkeley
510 499-2841
Readers Theatre collaboration
eventpatnershipEvent Team Launches Readers Theater 

A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud
by Carson McCuller

The Events Team has started an exciting new partnership with the Berkeley Public Library in collaboration with the Epworth Church.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016, 12:00 PM
Epworth United Methodist Church
1953 Hopkins Street
Berkeley, CA  94704

In Loving Memory

Patricia Spaugh
d. Sept 15, 2016

Patricia Spaugh with her best dog Busy Bee

Newsletter co-editors Richard Bermack and  Charlene Depner