January - 2019


How to Live Forever                                              January 9                                      San Francisco 
Purpose in the Third Age                                      January 21                                    San Francisco
Solo Aging                                                             February 18                                  San Francisco  
Joaquim Miller Park Hike                                      January 30                                    Oakland  
Women in Transition Workshop                             March 30                                      San Francisco  
See details below

Mark your calendars for these wonderful and engaging Monthly Meetings in the coming months.

            January 21         Jim Emerman  & Ann Colby                                        Purpose in the Third Age
            February 18        Sara Zeff Geber   
                                       Solo Aging
           March 18             Bunnie Quint,  Joan
                                       Varrone, and Anna Yang                                            TTN Entrepreneurs

           April 15               Financial Planner  - TBA                                  Financial Planning for Women                                                                          
           May 20                Sara Hart  
                                  Sign of Enough
          June 17               Anna Gatmon                                                  Spiritual Life in a Material World
All meetings are held at 6:00  at 50 California Street- 10th floor.  
Easy access from BART and SF MUNI. Reduced rates in Embarcadero parking garage.
February Monthly Meeting
Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D. The Retirement Transition and Life Planning Expert for Boomers
Sara Zeff Geber will speak about Solo Aging at the February 18th TTN meeting.  Sara is passionate about raising awareness of the vast numbers of Solo Agers among the baby boom generation. She is a professional speaker and certified retirement coach and loves to take her message to communities who are interested in the well-being of ALL individuals in later life. She has recently become the Forbes.com specialist in Solo Aging and will be blogging on that platform several times a month. Her book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, is a retirement and aging roadmap for single and childless adults.   
When:  Monday, February 18;  6:00
Where: 50 California 10th Floor San Francisco (one block from the Embarcadero BART, reduced parking rates in Embarcadero Buildings)
Cost:  Free
Registration:  To attend this TTN event, register now HERE. 
Sara Zeff Geber's book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, is a retirement and aging roadmap for single and childless adults.  Sara is passionate about raising awareness of the vast numbers of Solo Agers among the baby boom generation. She has recently become the Forbes.com specialist in Solo Aging and will be blogging on that platform several times a month.  
For more informantion about Sara Zeff Geber click HERE. 
A half-day workshop for women 50+ exploring what's next for them
We are pleased to introduce The Transition Network's Signature Program, Women in Transition, being offered for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

The purpose of this highly experiential TTN workshop is for participants to:
  • Enhance skills for successfully navigating change
  • Expand possibilities and options 
  • Know how to create a meaningful life 
  • Create a "next steps" action plan.
  • Engage and connect with other women 50+ in transition
If you are exploring new possibilities, rethinking your life and/or work, contemplating changes in your lifestyle or want to expand your networks, this informative workshop will you a guiding framework to understand the process of transition, with structured conversations for personal reflection and interactive learning.

What sets this Workshop apart is the opportunity to become part of a vibrant community of women, and to make connections that can continue to enrich your life and support your journey over the next several years.  

This workshop will be co-facilitated by Chrissa Merron, from the Philadelphia Chapter of TTN and one of the original designers of the program, Luanne Mullin and Linda Brown, active members of the SF Bay Area Chapter.
When:  Saturday, March 30
Time:    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:  Ft. Mason in San Francisco
Cost:      Members - $40.00;  Non-Members- $55.00
Registration:   Space is limited so click HEREto register now.

For more information and background about the workshop, see the article below.
Women in Transition
"Change is what happens on the outside while transition is an inner process."

Do you recall the "aha moment" when you first heard about The Transition Network? Somewhere in that moment, you recognized - if you hadn't already -- that you were in a transition of some sort yourself and that there were other women out there who were just like you. And you wanted to know how they were handling things.

To help meet that need, The Transition Network National developed a signature program, Women in Transition - a half-day program for the woman in the process of exploring what's next for her.... To make the workshop as effective as possible, the attendance will be limited to 30 participants.

The general premise of the workshop is the work of the late consultant William E. Bridges. In his 1980 book, Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes, Bridges introduced a new way of thinking about change and transition. Bridges' view is that change is what happens on the outside while transition is an inner process.

The Women in Transition workshop isn't a lecture about financial matters or advice on what you "ought" to do. It's an experiential program for exploring your own new possibilities, rethinking your life and/or work, contemplating changes in your life-style or expanding your networks. "Changes after 50 may mean significant shifts in how we think about our identity, what's most important to us and what motivates us", says former TTN National Board Chair Barbara Beizer, who has facilitated the workshop for several chapters. "The Women in Transition Workshop is designed to give information and a safe place to connect and determine some next steps." TTN offers a community of peers and at the end of the workshop, companions for the journey!"

Women in Transition has been presented in TTN chapters from coast to coast. Here are some comments from prior workshop attendees:

"It was the most fun, useful event I've been to at TTN".
"Program had emotional and intellectual depth"
"Loved the action steps, applicable exercises, much value in short workshop".
"It's a great workshop to learn about yourself, to meet interesting women and to connect".

Non-members are welcome. This is a great way to meet other women in transition and learn what TTN has to offer you!  See registration information in the announcement above.


Many of you have shared interesting articles and videos that have been appreciated by our readership.  We'd like to encourage this sharing; to this end, we have created a monthly column called Readers' Corner.  Submit  your articles to  Nancy Ware at nanwebware@sbcglobal.net

The Friendship Line

TTner, Anna Yang, volunteers for The Friendship Line.  She was recently interviewed by Judy Goddess in an article for the San Francisco Senior Beat.  Patrick Arbore, who is currently director of the Institute on Aging's Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention created the Friendship Line in 1973.  Anna Yang says of her volunteer work, "Just calling the Friendship Line helps people feel more restored and nurtured. Everyone wants to be heard and valued, to know they're worth someone else's time."  To read the full article click HERE.
There is always a need for more volunteers.  If you're interested in knowing more about the Friendship Line call Volunteer Coordinator, Timothy Riel at 415-750-4136.


When Needs Arise, These Older Women Have One Another's Backs

This article from Navigating Aging by Judith Graham of Kaiser Health News is a wonderful testament to the powerful TTN program of the Caring Collaborative.  The Caring Collaborative - an innovative program that originated a decade ago in New York City and has since spread to Philadelphia and San Francisco - brings older women together to help one another when short-term illness or disability strikes, addressing an all-too-often unmet need.  To read the full article, click HERE.
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

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! 




January Monthly Meeting
Anne Colby, Consulting Professor at Stanford University, and Jim Emerman, vice president at Encore.org, will talk about their research on well-being and life purpose among women and men over the age of 50. This study is a collaboration between Colby's research team at Stanford and the San Francisco non-profit, Encore.org, whose mission involves fostering "second acts for the greater good." 
Colby and Emerman will discuss the meaning of purpose beyond the self and their findings on the relationship of purpose to health, well-being, and the wider array of meaningful life goals that are important to older adults. The study's findings indicate that purpose beyond the self is associated with many positive outcomes and is available to people across all demographic groups. These purposeful engagements focus on a wide variety of issues and usually emerge from individuals' own experience, interests, and concerns. 
Anne Colby is Consulting Professor at Stanford University. Previously, she was director of the Murray Research Center at Harvard University and Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  She is the author of nine books, including, most recently The Power of Ideals with William Damon. Her contributions to the field of moral psychology were recognized by the Association for Moral Education's Kuhmerker Award.
Jim Emerman
is a vice president at Encore.org, a nonprofit dedicated to transform the aging of society into a force for social good. At Encore, he holds responsibility for the organization's research, oversees the development of the Encore Fellowships program, and supervises the Gen2Gen Encore Prize, a social innovation competition for ideas to bring generations together. Prior to coming to Encore.org in 2005, Emerman was the chief operating officer of the American Society on Aging.  
Both Colby and Emerman have been recognized by Next Avenue as Influencers in Aging.
Dont' miss this rare opportunity that will inspire you to find new purpose for the years ahead.
When:  Monday, January 21;  6:00
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.

In How to Live Forever, Encore.org President and CEO Marc Freedman tells the story of his thirty-year quest to answer some of contemporary life's most urgent questions: With so many living so much longer, what is the meaning of the increasing years beyond 50? How can a society with more older people than younger ones thrive?
How do we find happiness when we know life is long and time is short?
When:  Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Time:    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM PST
Location: The Commonwealth Club
                 110 The Embarcadero
                 Taube Family Auditorium
                 San Francisco, 94105
Registration:  Click HERE
SF Non-Fiction Book club enjoying their annual   Holiday lunch and book exchange.

Groups With Openings
  • East Bay Non-Fiction Books - if interested in joining this group please contact Marjorie Wolf at marjswolf@aol.com
  • Artists Group - if interested in joining this group please contact Dianne McCutcheon at dianne07@aol.com
  • SF Movie Goers - if interested in joining this group please contact Mae Kin Go at  mkgo@earthlink.net
  • Travel Partners - if interested in joining this group please contact Janice Wallace at janicewallace2016@gmail.com 
  • Exploring Life Over 70 - if interested in joining this group please contact Shelley Friedman at shelleydit@gmail.com 
Groups in Formation 


  • Hiking Group:  We will be taking weekend hikes/walks in the East Bay regional parks.  Each month, we'll go to one of ten parks, all with maintained trails, only moderate inclines, rest stops,  and places to have a picnic lunch we've brought.    
Our January hike will be Sunday, January 30  in Joaquin Miller Park, starting at 10:30. Details will be sent to all interested.



We have scheduled hikes for the next 3 months as follows:  
  • Feb -- Saturday Feb 16
  • March -- Sunday, March 17
  • April -- Saturday, April 20
Full directions will be sent out before each hike.   I'm ready to go -- are you?  Contact Toby Stewart ( tobyetc@yahoo.com ) or 510-717-8137 if interested! 


  • Game Night (or weekend afternoon): Anyone interested in starting a game group? Please contact Hope Levy at hopelevy0@gmail.com
  • Craft Ladies: Are you interested in starting a monthly craft group to do a different craft activity once per month? If so please contact Hope Levy at hopelevy0@gmail.com 

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
  • 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
janicewallace2016@gmail.com  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
The Holiday Cookie Exchange was a great success!


"Where Do I Go From Here?"
Understanding and Embracing Transitions
If you are in the process of exploring new possibilities and rethinking your life and work, or just taking an inventory of where you are, let's have a conversation.  Using a structured focus, practical strategies and step-by-step proven methods, we will develop your action plan.  To learn more about Transitions and Opportunities in Life's Second Half go to Luanne's website:  www.LuanneMullin.com
30 Minute Free Phone Consultation.   Appointments for new clients are now available in Corte Madera, CA. Contact Luanne for more information and to book your first session.
Step Into Your New Year 
With Purpose And Passion
  • Get clear on next steps
  • Create the year of your dreams
  • Feel supported in a circle of wise women
Join TTNer  Anna Yang at the annual 
Create-the-Year-of-Your- Dreams-Retreat-Day  
When:  January 19, 2019  -   9:30-3:00 pm 
Where: San Francisco
Cost:   Early Bird Registration $127 ends Jan 7 
                                               $157 as of Jan 8
Walk the labyrinth~ Collage your 2019 Vision Board~ Deepen into your wisdom

For registration or questions contact Anna 415-846-6972 or fy6@earthlink.net

TTN member Anna C. Yang, R.N. specializes in holistic health and well-being. She has been a guide and way shower through the labyrinth since 1998.
From TTN Member, Bunnie Quint: 

For further information on our Chapter please email SanFranciscoChapter@TheTransitionNetwork.org

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Visit the National webpage HERE 
The Photograph used in the heading is "Two Bridges and the Low Fog" provided by  Brocken InaGlory