Fighting For Our Future in San Francisco

Rallies and City Hall Visits Continue  
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City Hall was very busy in May as advocates filled the steps and crisscrossed the halls to bring their message of priorities to the Mayor and Supervisors. Sadly, gone are the days of neighborhood hearings and more active efforts to engage of neighborhood residents.
What's next?   Each department is reviewed by the Board of Supervisors with comments from Budget Analyst Harvey Rose about where funds might be cut (this is where the "add-back" money comes from). The Department of Aging and Adult Services budget will be reviewed as the last department on the final day, June 13. 

The last day for public testimony will be Monday, June 12 beginning at 10:00 am and continuing until all have testified.  Full schedule of budget hearings is here . And you can watch the deliberations on
Mayor Lee Presented His Budget May 31
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As the next step in the SF budget process, Mayor Ed Lee presented his budget on  Tuesday, May 31. If you were unable to attend in person, you can watch it "on demand" at or view a summary of his presentation with a  link to the full budget here We will do a special budget edition of the CLC newsletter to highlight what is included and what remains. It will also highlight the difference between the Mayor's Dignity Fund proposal and the Dignity Fund Coalition's. Stay Tuned!
Strong Dignity Fund Legislation Is Introduced
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The Dignity Fund Coalition took an important step to put a funding measure on the November 8th ballot by introducing strong legislation last week. 

The Dignity Fund ballot measure calls for  sustained funding of services and support to ensure that San Francisco seniors and adults with disabilities are able to live with  dignity independence , and  choice  in their homes and communities.

Please join us in thanking Supervisors Malia Cohen and Eric Mar for their leadership in shepherding strong Dignity Fund legislation to introduction
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May 24 at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  They were joined at a press conference earlier in the day by Supervisor Campos and leaders of the Dignity Fund Coalition. 

To learn how you can help and to get the latest news and updates about the Campaign to pass the Dignity Fund, sign up for email updates at 
Connectors Build Communities & Friendships
Cayuga Community Connectors 
Cayuga Community Connectors have been busy with two neighborhood projects - preparing for emergencies and finishing up a new mural and stairway. With a grant from the SFPOA, they've worked with neighbors and Balboa High School students to create emergency "Go Bags" for seniors and people with disabilities in their community. To get their bags,  neighbors had to show that they had other emergency essentials: a bag with a change of clothes , a completed Vial of Life, prescriptions for one week, and a list of out-of-state contacts. 

Cayuga neighbors have also been putting finishing touches on the new mural and stairway with the help of Precita Eyes. Join them for the ribbon  cutting and
newly painted mural and stairway
celebration on the stairs on Saturday, June 11 at 1:00 at the entrance to Cayuga playground.   The mural project was made possible with support from the SF Parks Alliance and an Excelsior Action grant.  See what they have been up by liking their page on Facebook .   Lots more is planned in the coming month. Download the  June Cayuga Connectors Calendar of Events.

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Food Networks on the Move!
Community Connectors in CLC's Bayview, OMI, and Parkmerced neighborhoods will be moving their Home Delivered Grocery Program (again) this month. We are extremely grateful for the flexibility and dedication of all the volunteers and community organizations who continue to make sure 150 seniors and people with disabilities get their groceries no matter what the challenge!

In the OMI and Parkmerced neighborhoods, the neighbors have been displaced from Minnie and Lovie Ward Rec Center (along with other adult programs) for the summer to accommodate children's activities. 
OMI: IT Bookman Community Center has opened their doors to host the OMI Home Delivered Groceries on Wednesday mornings, and will also host CLC's free Zumba Gold exercise classes on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30. (Come join in!)

Parkmerced/University Park: Catholic Charities will be hosting the Parkmerced/University Park Home Delivered Groceries on Tuesdays.

Bayview: And in the Bayview, the HP UNITI volunteers are excited to have found a home at the brand new Dr. George Davis Senior Center on Wednesdays. Over the past several years, they've had to pick up groceries at the Food Bank, take them to a neighborhood location to pack, and then head out to make deliveries. As of this month, they'll finally have a spot (inside!) where they can receive groceries and pack them for delivery. 

To volunteer or for more information on the upcoming changes, please contact Deb Glen (OMI) at, Karen Holt (Parkmerced) at, or Chester Williams (Bayview) at
Connections for Healthy Aging Empower Seniors
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A wonderful group of San Francisco Village members have been participating in CLC's Connections for Healthy Aging workshop over the past several weeks. Community Connectors Marcia, Linda, and Rochelle have facilitated discussions on myths of aging, asking for help, advocating for ourselves and others in healthcare settings, and much more. 

Cayuga Connectors will be hosting a mini workshop on the Preparing for your Hospital Stay  on Monday, June 27, 11:00 am at Bethel Church, 2525 Alemany. The next four-part Connections for Healthy Aging workshop series will begin Thursday, August 11 at the new Dr. George Davis Senior Center in the Bayview. For more info on upcoming workshops, call Marcia at  (415)359-1816  or email .
HP UNITI Honors Strong Women Leaders  
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HP UNITI, CLC's partner for the Bayview Home Delivered Grocery Network, hosted their annual Queen for A Day event, honoring wise local women who continue to age with purpose.  This year's honorees were  (l to r below): Verlie Mae Pickens, Beverly Ann Taylor,  Mary L. Booker,  Ollie M. Burgess, and  Dorris Vincent.  Also honored posthumously was Ruth Williams, whose son Kevin Williams received the award from HP UNITI leaders Roland James and Vernice Ross.  This inspiring group of women shared their stories and encouraged  attendees  to get involved in continuing to make their communities better places to live.
Learn More  about HP UNITI and their work in the Bayview, contact Chester Williams at
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Beverly Taylor
Mary Booker
Ollie burgess
Dorris Vincent
Computer Classes and Connectivity 
Stay Engaged with Computer Classes and Tutoring
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We have a great roster of classes, tutoring opportunities and presentations. This month's topics include learning to draw, genealogy, online privacy, cyber security, finding medical information  & more. 

We continue to highlight  The History Project with one-on-one training, photo scanning and support every Monday at 360 Valencia from 11:00 to 1:00  and at other sites listed on the schedule. See CLC's History Project.

Community Events & Information 
Defeating Ageism & Promoting Purposeful Aging 
Could Thinking Positively About Aging Be The Secret Of Health?

picture with caption never underestimate the power of a positive attitude
Ageism is the "tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment." But research indicates that ageism may not just be ill-informed or hurtful. In addition to reducing opportunities and funding in our communities, it can also affect our health. 
Researcher  Becca Levy , of Yale School of Public Health, says taking these negative, ageist views to heart can reduce an individual's longevity. In her studies, she found  that the people who had a positive view of aging lived about 7 and half years longer than the people who saw aging in a negative light.   Levy's research also shows that those  having negative views of aging were more likely to later develop the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease. And the more negative their views, the worse those brain changes were. 

On the other hand,  other studies  find that people with positive views of older adults were much more likely to recover from major health setbacks. Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist and behavioral scientist at Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center  says having a purpose in life is a robust predictor of how well someone will live and thrive as they age.  Learn more and listen to the KQED Program here .

image of figures wth caption How to Welcome LGBT Seniors in your Community
From Isolation to Inclusion: Reaching and Serving LGBT Seniors
The Office on the Aging is coordinating a training program to develop awareness and build a solid understanding of the unique issues facing LGBT seniors. 

The 2-hour program, "From Isolation to Inclusion: Reaching and Serving LGBT Seniors" will be offered
June 3, 10, 13, 17 and 28thLGBT seniors face unique issues: lifelong discrimination, alienation from biological families, lack of LGBT-sensitive healthcare, lack of social supports for their families, etc. Many LGBT seniors are suspicious of community agencies having lived during a time when they could be arrested, threatened, fired, and jailed based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Transgender seniors face a variety of issues related to healthcare, employment, legal standing, and more. 

Please join us to increase your understanding of the concerns, fears and barriers to services facing LGBT older adults. Offered by staff trainers from Openhouse. Registration and information at  Eventbrite . Or  download a flyer here.  

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 8 
Please join the California Elder Justice Coalition, SF Dept. of Aging & Adult Services, and Institute on Aging in commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. A network reception with wine & hors d'oeuvres, award presentations and key note speakers will be held in San Francisco's iconic Green Room in the Veterans Building,
401 Van Ness Avenue, on June 8.
4:00-5:00 PM Networking Reception. Hosted wine and hors d'oeuvres provided.
5:00-6:00 PM Keynote Speaker and Awards Presentation

Keynote Speaker speaker is Dave Jones, CA Insurance Commissioner. Mr. Jones has been a champion for older Californians through his initiatives on veterans pension scams, health care provider fraud, annuities fraud, and conservatorship reform.
Awards Presentations to the Archstone Foundation, Eve Wang, Marjie Lundstrom, & Paul Kleyman.  RSVP at or for more information,
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Senior Prom Coming on June 18th 
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Maybe you loved Prom, maybe you hated it, maybe you didn't att end.   No matter what your history, the Institute on Aging would like to invite you for a SECOND CHANCE!!!  This Senior Prom will be a celebration for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults and Allies!

Saturday June 18th, 4-7pmInstitute on Aging Campus 3575 Geary Blvd (at Arguello). Dance to great music from every generation, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, performances, lots of laughs, and a chance to reclaim prom with a PROUD LGBT Senior Community! No dates necessary. 


Everyone is welcome who wants to celebrate LGBT Pride, but LGBT Seniors are the guests of honor. No Dress Code - Acceptance is the theme! Feel free to have fun with prom attire if that suits you.  To RSVP respond to the Evite, Call 415.750.4114 or email if you need transportation assistance. 


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In San Francisco, researcher estimate that by 2020, there will be over 26,000 people living with Alzheimer's related dementia and a nearly equal number of other dementias and cognative impairments.  Join the Alzheimer's Association in
going purple and raising awareness this June. 

In Decemer 2009, the Department of Aging and Adult Services hosted an expert panel to develop a plan 2020 Foresight - SF Strategy for Excellence in Dementia Care.  
The more people know about Alzheimer's, the more action we inspire.  Learn more at .