Fighting for Our Future in San Francisco 
Woman's March Brings Out Over 100,000 in SF 
95 year old senior with friends at march
A dedicated group of CLC friends and supporters braved the weather to join the most peaceful and good spirited march in a very long time. A special shout out to former CLC Board member Dr. Margaret Miller (aka Peg - pictured right) who gathered friends to join her. She was probably the oldest marcher at 95, but the crowd featured a surprising number of seniors and people with disabilities. See for yourself with more pictures on CLC's Facebook page.  
Want to keep up with future marches and rallies? The next big one is set for Saturday, April 15th. In the meantime, best advice is to keep calling your elected and appointed representatives  (see action tip sheet) and if possible, visit their office or see them in person at community forums. Practice democracy daily.  More more ideas, sign up for Daily Action text action alerts by texting the word DAILY to 228466. 
group of wet but happy marchers
a sign says A community that excludes even one of its members is no community at all.
Dignity Fund Implementation Underway 

Shireen McSpadden talking to a group of Coalition members
DAAS Executive Director Shireen McSpadden spoke with members of the Dignity Fund Coalition at a recent meeting, sharing her priorities for the future and fielding questions from the group. 

Most members of the Oversight and Advisory Committee have been chosen by their respective policy bodies - DAAS Commission: Edna James and Gustavo Serena; DAAS Advisory Council: Marcy Adelman, Beverly Taylor and Elinore Lurie; Long Term Care Council: Ramona Davies, Margy Baran and Chip Supanich. With the remaining 3 appointments by the Mayor coming soon, the group will hold its first meeting in February.  CLC has created a simple website to track progress on the implementation.  Keep up-to-date by going to  The next Dignity Fund Coalition meeting will be Wednesday, February 8 at 2:30 at ILRC, 825 Howard Street. 
DAAS Budget Meeting Dates Coming Soon 
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The 2017-18 and 2018-19 budget will be presented to the Finance Committee of the Aging and Adult Services Commission at the regular Commission time, Wed. February 1 at 9:30  at City Hall, Room 416.  You can view live on Then the full Commission will vote on the budget at a special meeting on Wed. February 15 from 2:00 to 4:30 in the same location.

Connectors Build Communities & Friendships
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seniors in diabetes workshop

For February, focus is still on sign ups for Diabetes Awareness Program, (pictured right). Unless noted, events at Bethel 
Community Center, Alemany and Ottawa

For March, mark your calendars:
Friday, March 3 at 11:00 am - SF Fire Dept. Bureau of Fire Prevention & Investigation / DEMO: putting out a fire, prevention.
Tuesday, March 7 at 10:00 am-1:30pm, Legion of Honor (; Admission is FREE, SF Para Transit Bus Trip **you must sign-up in advance.
Friday, March 10 at 11:00 am - SF Dept. of Public Health, Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response (PHEPR). Join Tara Connor and learn how to handle emergency FLOODING conditions.
Saturday, March 18 at Noon - CCC Potluck with performers: The Jeanetts! Capella Quartet:  Belting out Retro Hits, Saturday March 18th noon-4 at Bethel ($5 music cover)

Upcoming: Mural Workshop with Precita Eyes, Build a Little Free Library, Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, Leah's Pantry & Nutrition Education, Paint in the Park and CIA April Egg Hunt!  
For more information about these or other activities, contact Patti Spaniak at or call: 646-409-7775.  
SF Tech Council Hosts Leaders 
Each month, the San Francisco Tech Council hosts leaders in the movement to bridge the digital divide for seniors and adults with disabilities. In January, we heard from Stephen Johnston, Founder of Aging 2.0, who highlighted some of the ways their organization is energizing and connecting entreneurs to solve problems. We also heard from Supervisor Mark Farrell, who is pushing for high speed internet for all in San Francisco. 
The SF Tech Council meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 4:00 to 6:00.  Next month's meeting will be February 15th at the Independent Living Resource Center, 825 Howard Street, with a short reception to follow. Our guest for February is Richard  Adler, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future. And if you will be going to this year's Aging in America Conference in Chicago, stop by SF's presentation on the SF Tech Council.
Stephen Johnston talking
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Supervisor Mark Farrell talking

Connections for Health Aging Workshop Empowers
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Lizette Martinez, our new Connections for Healthy Aging Coordinator leads a session on Surviving a Hospital Stay for seniors at Aquatic Park and NEXT Village folks. 
Connections for Healthy Aging Workshop  
for LGBT Community Members age 55+
Community Living Campaign, in partnership with Openhouse, will again offer this community-building and empowering series.  The workshops support healthy aging with a focus on:
o  Assessing our goals for healthy aging- 
    What does "Healthy Aging" mean to you?
o  Building and nurturing a support network
o  Documents every LGBT senior should have
o  Proven ways to prevent isolation and loneliness
o  How to prevent suicide in your families and communities and where to look for support
o  How you or a loved one can survive hospital stays, visits, and discharge
o  Online tools to empower us as we age
Four-Week Workshop Series  
Thursdays, April 13th - May 11th * 10AM to 1PM
65 Laguna St.
Participants should attend all 4 dates.
Series is free and accessible.
Lunch is provided.    
RSVP Required to Attend.  
To sign up or for more information, contact Armando Paone, Education Coordinator, at (415) 728-0194 or
To schedule a free presentation for your organization , please contact
Classes and Workshops 
DEEPStill Accepting Sign-Ups for Free Diabetes Workshop
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Are you Diabetic? Pre-diabetic? 
Worried about your blood sugar levels?
Sign Up Now!  It's Free!!

Thursdays from Jan 26 to March 2 
10 am - 12 Noon 
Bethel Community Center, 2525 Alemany

To promote wellness, sign up for the  Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), co-sponsored by 30th Street Senior Center and the Cayuga Connectors.  Must be ready to commit for the remaining 5 weeks.   For more information, contact Patti Spaniak at or call ( 646) 409-7775
Computer Club Art Show at Laguna Honda 

We are pleased to announce that Wednesday, February 1 from 1-3pm, CLC will
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celebrate the Opening of the Laguna Honda Computer Club's first Art Show, on the 2nd floor of Laguna Honda Hospital, across from the Art Studio. 

Four artists have been spending the last few months with CLC staff creating beautiful digital paintings, collages and comics utilizing various computer programs including Paint, PixLR and Illustrator. It started with a conversation about a theme and members discussed what they wanted to do, proceeded to work on their projects, and developed their ideas. 

Thanks to Judy Auda, Liz Dunlap, Jennifer Walsh and Molly Hankwitz along with the staff at Laguna Honda Hospital for making this happen.  Light refreshments will be served. Art Show Flyer attached
The show will be on display throughout the month of February, if you are unable to attend the opening.  

The Struggle for Medicare and Medi-Cal!
Wednesdays, Feb 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 AM - 2 PM,  Senior & Disability University
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presents "Medicare and Medicaid! The Fight, the Struggle, the Issues, & the Effect It Has on All of Us." Free, open to all, the classes cover the issues, and community organizing skills to advocate to protect, improve, and expand these programs. 
Download a Medicare and Medi-Cal Flyer with more details here

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Senior & Disability Survival School -
A New Kind of School
Join us for Senior and Disability Survival School! Learn more about community  resources, your rights and advocacy! 4-part series starts  Fridays March 3, 10, 17, 24 at the Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission Street. Sponsored by Senior and  Disability  Action and co-hosted by SFPL and the Mission YMCA. Refreshments provided. Through presentations and interactive activities, over the course of four weeks, it will cover information about benefits, housing, transportation, healthcare, and many other important issues and community resources for seniors and people with disabilities. Classes will be translated into Spanish and Cantonese. Please RSVP to guarantee a spot. Call Sarah Jarmon at 415-546-1333 ext. 307

Stay Engaged with Classes and Tutoring
Man in front of a computer screen

We have a great roster of technology classes, tutoring opportunities and presentations. This month's topics include shopping and online calendars, photoshop and so much more.  Download a list of free classes and open labs here .  

Due to construction  issues, the computer lab at Valencia Gardens has moved to 390 Valencia for the next few months. We are working on finding nearby alternative sites in the Mission for additional classes. For an update, contact Judy at

Digital Inclusion Week Taking Shape 
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The San Francisco Public Library is hosting Digital Inclusion Week starting May 8th, withTuesday May 9th special focus on seniors.  To learn more and to participate, visit their website at

Economic Security 
Job Openings At CLC 
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View job announcements at the links below: 

CLC is looking for a new part time  Coordinator for our Vision and Hearing Initiative.  

We are also excited about a new Program called San Francisco ReServe.  See ReServe Coordinator Job Description here and more information on the program to follow next month. 

Medi-Cal Working Disabled Program Offers Help 
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If you think you might be eligible for the Medi-Cal Working Disabled Program, access a simple factsheet about the Working Disabled Program here. If you have more questions or would like help navigating the approval process, contact Jose by calling the CLC office at 415-821-1003.  
Inform and Empower Ourselves 
Mr. President, Please Do Your Homework 
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The latest Journal of the American Society on Aging, Generations, includes a series of thoughtful articles as a message to the new President and policymakers across the country. CLC Board member Jarmin Yeh helped co-author the last article in the issue: "America Must Invest in its Next Generation." Even if the President doesn't read, you should. Download this great issue of Generations here.

Protect, Improve, & Expand Medicare & Medicaid!
seniors marching in Bakersfield
The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is one of the groups leading the way statewide to protect and to expand these important programs. On Friday, January 27 they helped mobilize over ten buses and 1,000 people to visit the office of U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in Bakersfield. Keep up with future activities by visiting or seeing them on Facebook.  
Truth, Justice & the American Way 
picture of Superman and Supergirl
This words were the herald's call of Superman, but it feels like we all need to be our stronger, braver, kinder selves these day.  In our own extraordinary way, we need to join the battle for truth, justice and the American way. 
panoramic view of the recent women_s march