In This Issue
A Word From Our 
Executive Director
Dear Friends,

As we enter the Fall season, a time marked by change and new beginnings, we often find ourselves spending more time with family and friends engaged in meaningful conversation.  This can be a great opportunity to talk about  the way we want to  live  at the end of our lives, as our culture begins to shift from not talking about dying to talking about it.  It's a time to gather and communicate about the kind of care we want and don't want for ourselves, in the best place to begin these conversations - a comfortable setting with the people we love, away from the intensive care unit, before time has run out. 

Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can express our wishes through an advance directive. The Alliance offers guidance and support through group workshops and one-on-one facilitation as we begin talking with loved ones about our wishes and invite our loved ones to do the same.
Please contact the Alliance at 805-845-5314 to find out more.

With warm gratitude, 
Susan Plummer, Exec. Director
Upcoming Free 
Advance Care Planning Workshops

October 7  Advance Care Planning Workshop, Congregation B'nai B'rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd., 3-5 pm.  To register, call the Alliance at (805) 845-5314 or   register online

October 9  Advance Care Planning Workshop, VNA Health, 360 Olive St, 4-6 pm.  To register, call the Alliance at (805) 845-5314 or    register online

October 14   Advance Care Planning Workshop, Sansum Clinic, 215 Pesetas Lane, 3rd floor conference room, 10 am - noon.  Call Sansum Health Education (805) 681-8976 or register online 

October 15   Advance Care Planning Workshop,   Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, Tippy's Cove Multipurpose Room,  2nd Floor, 
540 W. Pueblo Street, 
1:30-3:00 pm.   To register, c all Sansum Health Education at  (805) 681-8976  or

October 15  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.

October 16   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. 

October 16  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 
VNA Health
Formerly known as Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care has rebranded and launched its new name - VNA Health - embracing its legacy of trusted care, innovation, and synergy to position the organization for growth and continued success. VNA Health also launched its new website - - Santa Barbara County's first healthcare organization to use the dot-health domain as its primary online portal.

"This is exciting for our organization, our patients, and our community," said Lynda Tanner, RN, MSN, President & CEO of VNA Health. "Our Board of Directors and Leadership Team embraced this endeavor three years ago to address confusion in the marketplace and to strategically position this organization for continued success so that we can serve our community for another 100 years."
T  E  D   T  A  L K:
"What really matters at the end of life"

When BJ Miller was a Princeton undergraduate, an electrical shock of 11,000 volts cost him three limbs and very nearly his life. From that personal experience, Miller became passionate about bringing attention, creativity and design thinking to end-of-life care.  Dr. Miller is currently a palliative care physician and Executive Director at Zen Hospice Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the experience of dying. In this moving  Ted Talk,  Dr. Miller calls for rethinking and redesigning how we die. 
click here  to view this Ted Talk.
S a v e  t h e  D a t e !

There's a lot happening in and around Santa Barbara this fall around the themes of living well and aging successfully.  And just to name a few.....

Mind, Body and Soul Series at the Marjorie Luke Theater
An interactive series continues this October led by world-renowned speakers offering unique strategies designed to enrich your life.

Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 pm
"Kindness, Gratitude and Awe: The Neuroscience Behind the Benefits" with author and coach Dave Mochel
Tuesday, October 8, 7:30 pm
"Creating Your Life by Intention" with international author and spiritual counselor Kim Stanwood Terranova
Tuesday, October 15, 7:30 pm
"Making Every Day Count" with author and coach Dave Mochel
To purchase tickets: click here

2019 Senior Expo of Santa Barbara
Active Aging Fair for Seniors and Caregivers

Highlights for the 2019 Expo include:
  • Live Music, 110+ Exhibits
  • A Flu Shot for Seniors & Boomers Age 55+ donated by Cottage Health
  • Onsite Voter Registration
  • Caregivers' Café - a relaxing place to receive support and information
  • Blood Pressure Screening by Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • Glaucoma Screening, Lions Sight & Hearing Ctr
  • Information about Free Eyeglass Vouchers courtesy of SEE International
  • Hearing Screening by Miracle Ear® of Santa Barbara
  • Bone Density Scans by OsteoStrong®
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 9am-noon
Location: Earl Warren Showgrounds
Tickets: $5 admission with free parking  

Sarah House Santa Barbara Year of the Pig 2019
Sarah House celebrates a year of fortune and luck at their annual fundraiser. Enjoy spectacular Asian food, auction and music to help fund vital care for  Sarah House residents.

Date: Saturday, October 19,  5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:  The Orchard at the Trust for Historic Preservation, 123 E. Canon Perdido St.
To purchase tickets:  click here
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!