August - 2019


Free Once Again                                 September 9                      San Francisco

                                                            See details below


September Monthly Meeting
What keeps you from living the retirement of your dreams? For women, it's often duty. We've worked so hard to be the responsible wife, mother, daughter, and colleague. We're experts on duty! Freedom to be ourselves?  Not so much.  

Here's a question for you: If there was a way to make the second half of your life even juicier than your first, without years of guesswork, worry, and guilt, would you finally have the confidence to let your quirky heart shine?

Join Janet Kodish, founder of  Free Once Again as she leads us through her FREE to PLAY™ Framework for creating your inspired next act. You'll let your heart lead the way to envisioning a life that is playful, engaged, connected, and 100% you. And you'll leave with the tools you need to make it true.
After retiring from U.C. Berkeley in 2012, Janet discovered her purpose as a certified Retirement and Transformational Life Coach. But first, she had to set herself free from a lifetime of duty to work and family responsibilities. Through small retreats, workshops, and private coaching, Janet delights in helping women envision the life they've been waiting for and release old guilt that gets in the way, so they can fall head over heals in love with their life after 50.

When :  Monday, September 9,  5:30** PM
Where: 50 California 10th Floor San Francisco (one block from the Embarcadero BART, reduced parking rates in Embarcadero Buildings)
Cost:  Free
To register, click HERE
**Note new starting time
We encourage all of our membership to share anything they come across that might be of interest to our readers.  You may share upcoming events, services, announcements, workshops, etc.  Submit your ideas to Nancy Ware at  

TTNer,  Edith Kaplan has discovered  Louise Aronson, a widely known gerontologist who has just written another book on aging called Elderhood.

Aronson is also doing many readings/lectures on the topic throughout the rest of the year - many in SF.  To see where Aronson will be speaking, click HERE.


Older Adult Hiring Fair

Mayor London Breed is hosting an Older Adult Hiring Fair on Monday, August 5th, from 10 am - 2 pm. Learn about jobs in Administration, Technology, Healthcare and many more.   Bring your resume.

When:  August 5,  10:00 -  2:00
Where:  War Memorial, Green Room
               401 VanNess Ave.
To Register:   Click HERE


Upcoming Brown Bag Lecture on
9TH Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging

The Legacy Film festival celebrates the aging process as profound and meaningful, often challenging, and always courageous.
It asks the viewers: 'Will we "age gracefully," or crankily, or painfully? Or defiantly?

Sheila Malkind, the founder and director of the Legacy Film Festival on Aging says "The filmmakers portray some of the many facets of this unique, ever-changing experience honestly and artfully and always with compassion and love for their sub- jects."

Besides showing some of the trailers of the 2019 Festival, Malkind will discuss the short film programs she plans to bring to Bay Area colleges. The aim is for younger people to be motivated to learn about the intergenerational issues of aging.  
Bring your own lunch. No RSVP required. Free. We invite members of the public to join us and check out our program. 
When:     Wednesday,  August 7  1:00- 2:30
Where:  SF State's Downtown Campus
              835 Market St., 6th Floor 
Directions:  Enter from the sidewalk into 835 Market under the purple SF State Banner.
Sheila will also be at the SF Public Library to give a sneak preview of what's to come at the Festival.
When:  Friday, August 30, 2019, 1-3 pm
Where:   Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room               SF Main Library, Lower Level
This year's films are about caregiving and caring; memory, love, free-spirits, courage and living fully no matter what age. See films about people who stay vital, and continue to make their lives and their loved ones' lives meaningful.

Legacy Film Festival on Aging Shorts Program
In Partnership with the Albany Filmfest
and the Albany Library
arlene TTNer and Co-Founder of the Bay Area Chapter, Arlene Reiff will be presenting a  great Legacy Shorts program called, FRESH VIEWS OF LATER LIFE at the Albany Library.  There will be six short films shown followed by a discussion. The program is FREE.  For more information about the films click HERE.
When:    Tuesday, Sept 10, 7 pm
Where:  Albany Public Library
              1247 Marin Avenue;  Albany, CA
Odd Mondays at Folio Books in Noe Valley
TTNer Sheila Malkind will be discussing the history and current status of the Legacy Film Festival.  She will be joined by a Portland editor, Nan Narboe, who will discuss her book, Aging: An Apprenticeship.  
When:   Monday, September 9;  7:00-8:00
Where:  Folio Books - 3957 24th Street; SF
Linda Brown
Event Planning

Aleen Colitz
  Event Planning

Dianne McCutcheon  
National Liaison Coordinator

Bunnie Quint
Event Planning

Gail Benton Shoemaker
 Program Planning Coordinator

Joan Varrone
Event Planning

Janice Wallace
Special Interest Groups 
and Membership Coordinator


Arlene Reiff
Exploring Housing Options 
Mona Kreaden
Exploring Housing Options

  Janet Mandelstam
 East Bay Caring Collaborative     

Nancy Ware
Newsletter Editor   
Janet Mandelstam
Arlene Reiff  
Co-Founders of SF Bay Area Chapter


Starting in September, we are back to our meetings at Robert Half in San Francisco. These meetings are held on the second Monday of the month on the 10th floor of 50 California in San Francisco (one block from the Embarcadero BART).  We'll have refreshments at 5:30 and start the program by 6:00.   We are adding a new feature to our meetings this year by alternating thought provoking speakers with small group discussions on a variety of topics.  Below is the schedule for the year:


September 9th:  Speaker, Janet Kodish
 Free Once Again- Let your Quirky Shine 
 after Midlife!

October 14th:  Discussion- Retirement Routines Can structure increase our happiness 
 in retirement?

November 11th:   Speaker, Clint Wilkins
 Life Goals and Resiliency 

December 9th:  Holiday Social
 Fun and Philanthropy

January 13th:  Discussion- 
 Finding our Purpose in the Third Age

February 10th: Speaker, Angela Godley
Friendship among women

March 9th: Discussion- Plan B 
Expecting the unexpected 
 and how planning can help

April 13th: Speaker, Barbara Rose Brooker
Ageism in Hollywood

May 11th:  Discussion 
 How does ageism affect us 
 and what can we do about it

June 8th:  Spring Social- TTN 20th Anniversary

Our Steering committee members have been hard at work planning these interesting programs.   Kudos to them!

legacy film festival
September 20 - 22

The 9th Annual Legacy Film Festival of Aging will take viewers to adventures in far-flung locations, such as Switzerland, Italy and Mexico, as well as across the U.S. Over 20 dramas and documentaries this year, with sound tracks from opera to the blues, will immerse viewers in life-long perspectives on topics ranging from overcoming loneliness to new sexuality, from creative renewal to spiritual revival in the face of illness, and from fighting racism across the years to standing against ageism.

Among the films will be a three-generation saga of family and Alzheimer's with Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Emmy and Tony Awardee Blythe Danner; a documentary of blues legend, Sterling "Mister Satan" Magee, and his remarkable partnership with white harmonica master, Adam Gussow; and a surprisingly tender documentary of three Mexican brothers caring for their grandmother, age 93. 

Making a special guest appearance the first day to screen his whimsical video, "Age Without Ageism," will be Bay Area comedian and playwright Josh Kornbluth.

Director, Malkind says, "10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, and their Gen X children will start turning 55 in 2020. Our aging society needs more exposure to how we experience life differently - often with greater wisdom -- over the years. That's what our festival shows, taking life more in stride with both the joys and the challenges."

When:  September 20 - 22
Where:  New People Cinema
              1746 Post Street - Japantown
              San Francisco

For more information on the program and how to order tickets click HERE.  (Website will be updated with all the information mid-August.)


Many of you have shared interesting articles and videos that have been appreciated by our readership.  To encourage this sharing, we have created a monthly column called Readers' Corner. Submit your articles to Nancy Ware at

How to Rent an Affordable Apartment
 in Alameda County

Are you thinking about looking for affordable housing?  Or you've begun your search and feel overwhelmed by all the waiting lists and steps you have to take? Joann Sullivan, one of the members of the TTN_HOME PLANNING TEAM, Broker Associate, and Seniors Real Estate Specialist with Thornwall Properties, wrote this excellent, informative article. It is chock full of information on what to do and resources to use in the search for affordable housing. Even though the focus is on Alameda County, there are very helpful guidelines and suggestions that would also apply to the San Francisco Bay Area. To read the full article, click HERE.

How Being Kind Makes You Healthier

When you are kind to another person, even in a small way, it has a positive effect by helping that person feel valued and supported. If you make such acts of kindness a regular habit, it's actually good for y our  health and even slows your body's aging process, according to research.  This Next Avenue article by Chrystie Fiedler is a great antidote to some of the news whirling around us.   For the full article, click HERE.


Groups With Openings


  •  Artists Group - if interested in joining this East Bay group please contact  Dianne McCutcheon at
  • SF Movie Goers  - if interested in joining this group please contact 
    Mae King Go at
  • Travel Partners  - if interested in joining this group please contact  Janice Wallace at Group meets in locations all over the Bay Area
  • Exploring Life Over 70 - if interested in joining this San Francisco group please contact
    Shelley Friedman at

Groups That are Currently Filled 

 If you are interested in starting a new group with the same interest, contact Janice Wallace at

  • East Bay Dining Out 
  • East Bay Non Fiction Book Club  
  • SF Non-Fiction Books
  • SF TED Talks 
What's your passion?   

Any member can start a special interest group. If you have an interest that is not represented by a new or existing group, contact  Janice Wallace at  to create a group description and recruit other members to join you.

For more information about other new groups as well as information about existing groups, see the Special Interest Page on our website

Click  HERE to join or renew

When you break down the membership dues it comes to $8.00/month or $2.00/week...  less than the cost of a latte!!!  What a bargain! 


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