May - 2018   


 Healing Through Movement                      May 14                                   San Francisco
 Living Well in Retirement                          May 22                                   Berkeley
Financial Transitions                                  June 11                                  San Francisco
See details below     

Therapeutic Exercise for Back/Knees/Hips 
and the Whole Body


Join Evelyn Larson in an action-packed evening.
Evelyn says, " it is my vast preference to have an interactive experience and discussion, rather than a lecture.  So, I propose a time of moving, awareness, and inner sensing; followed by discussion, questions, and active answers."

Evelyn Larsen MA/RMT is a lifelong dance and fitness professional, with almost 40 years of experience in movement, health, aging, and the therapeutic applications of exercise of all kinds.  Her background in dance infuses her classes with fun with many styles of music and steps; as a Registered Movement Therapist, Evelyn is skilled in the analysis of chronic issues and their treatment through movement.  

When:   Monday, May 14th 6:00- 7:30
Where:  50 California Street - 10th Floor
Sue Busby
Financial Consultant

Do you feel that your life has become a rapidly-changing series of life transitions?  Many of these become financial transitions as well.  Some are planned and some are totally unexpected.  We'll take a look at some of the events that may be experienced at this stage of our lives - retirement, loss of a loved one, marriage / divorce, changes in health, inheritance.  We'll discuss some of these in depth and how to make the most of what can be trying situations.  You'll learn about resources available to you and receive many helpful tips.

Sue Busby is a personal financial consultant who specializes in helping individuals organize and manage their financial lives.  Her extensive experience as a Professional Organizer includes making sense out of reams of documents, managing home offices, putting together income tax records, and coordinating clients' information with their other financial specialists.  As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, she can take clients from overwhelm to having a clear understanding of their finances, and present property division scenarios with tax efficiency and long-term cash flow and net worth projections in mind.  Throughout the process, she adds positive energy, encouragement, and a bit of humor along the way. 

When:  Monday June 11 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where:  50 California Street;  10th floor

The following letter was sent by TTN National Director Susan Collins

Dear Chapter Leaders,
In mid-2016 we were approached by Jonathan Rauch, a fellow at the Brookings Institute about a book he was writing.  One of the themes of the book is the lack of support and guidance for change and growth at midlife.  Society takes too little advantage of additional healthy and happy years in late adulthood.  

Another theme is the desire of people to have peer support and a safe space to explore feelings and options.  (I'm sort of quoting Jonathan here).  He came upon TTN via Marc Freedman's book and he believed we were a perfect example of people taking matters into their own hands and forging a creative solution.  In the ensuing months, we had several conversations with Jonathan, met him in DC, he attended a transition peer group in Philadelphia and interviewed one of our members from North/Central New Jersey.  

At long last, Jonathan's book is finished and will be published on May 1.  In Chapter 9: Helping Each Other - Rauch not only mentions TTN but shows it as an example of "civic improvisation."  He tells Member Claire Keyles' story and quotes me in this book as TTN's Executive Director.  
As a fellow at the Brookings Institute, Rauch is a highly credible author.  Reading his perspective on TTN reinforces that what we do here is extremely valuable.  This is certainly an opportunity for TTN to boast loudly and proudly about our mission.
We've already been in touch with Rauch and his team of publicists.  We will work with them to develop plans around marketing, promotion and program dates.  We hope to host him in as many chapters as possible to promote his book and the fact that we're in it!  We need to coordinate this through one source so please do not contact him directly about a program in your chapter.
Nancy, Jennifer and I will be brainstorming on the marketing plan to support the publication date of May 1.  The book is available for pre-purchase on  Amazon.
I hope you are as proud of this accomplishment as I am.  Way to go, TTN!

Senior Community Service Employment Program is a federally funded job-readiness program that helps older adults transition from on-the-job training back into the work force.

Eligibility Rquirements are:
  • 55 years or older
  • Resident of San Francisco
  • Unemployed
  • Low Income   
For more information, or to apply to this program, click HERE

SCSEP is also seeking to hire an Employment Faciitator Trainee for a 25 hour/week position.  If you are interested in this position and would like to know the requirements and duties, click HERE

Seeking Art Supplies to Make a Difference

TTNer, Lynn Richards, is seeking art supplies for  weekly art sessions she provides to women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in Oakland.  In addition to the weekly art materials we supply for our groups, we give each woman a gift tote bag full of gently used art supplies upon their graduation from the six-month program.  Our hope is that if they can continue to access their creativity on their own, their chances of staying sober will increase.   For a complete list of art supplies needed, click HERE.  For more information, contact 
Lynn Richards


 From TTN Member, Bunnie Quint:


A special benefit of being a TTN member is getting involved in members-only peer groups. 
Participate in peer and special interest groups that range from discussions about transition issues and business networking to activities such as cultural events, gourmet dining, and book clubs. There is no limit to the groups that can be created because they all originate with the members!

Here are our Current Openings:

San Francisco 
All queries about San Francisco peer groups should go to Barbara Aspelin

East Bay   
All queries about East Bay peer groups should go to Toby Stewart.

When you join TTN, you don't just belong to it, it belongs to you.  What is remarkable and unique about TTN is that it is really a club, not just an organization whose membership benefits amount to little more than your name on a mailing list and a monthly newsletter.   You have opportunities to reap the rewards of your membership by meeting fascinating women and actively participating in monthly programs, peer groups and one or more of our many special interest groups.  

Our chapter is almost 13 years old and as in many organizations, a few dedicated women have taken on roles to make sure the group thrives.  However, the time has come to ask others in the organization to step up to leadership positions.  Now more than ever we need your help to keep our chapter and its programs and activities vibrant and robust.  We are looking for women who care deeply about TTN and the important role it plays in our lives, to join the leadership team.  This, of course, involves a commitment of time and energy and you may have questions.  We'll be happy to talk with you to discuss what these roles involve.   Feel free to contact anyone on the Steering Committee for more information.


All TTN members in the East Bay may join the Caring Collaborative, a group of women who volunteer to support each other in times of illness, injury, or other personal needs. Our goal is to create a supportive safety net to preserve and promote healthy independence. 
Sample services include rides to and attendance at medical appointments, providing meals, and assistance with household chores such as grocery shopping. For more information or to join, contact  Janet Mandelstam, Collaborative lead at

Barbara Aspelin  
Chair -The SF Bay Area Chapter 
Aleen Colitz

Hilda Hernandez-Gravelle
Special Projects

Dianne McCutcheon  
Publicity  Coordinator

Bunnie Quint
Event Planning

Gail Benton Shoemaker
  Event Activities

Joan Varrone
Event Planning

Janice Wallace
Special Interest Groups Coordinator 

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! 



Monthly Chapter meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at 50 California Street, San Francisco.
Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming  meetings:

Healing Through Movement       Monday, May 14
          With Guest speaker Evelyn Larson
Financial Transitions                    Monday June 11
          With Guest speaker Sue Busby

Register for these events by  emailing

Members:  Free      Guests:  $5.00

TTN Executive Director,  Susan Collins  is one of the featured guests in Sheree Clark's month-long series,  This is Your Time! Transforming the Midlife Crises into Your Midlife Awakening!  Susan's interview will air on Wednesday, May 2nd.

Sheree promises every 30-minute interview will have at least one "aha!" moment that could change 
everything for you
You'll find out how to:
  • Leverage insider tips to turn around your midlife health challenges...even after decades of less-than-perfect diet and lifestyle choices.
  • Incorporate top experts' proven strategies for increasing energy, protecting brain health, boosting libido, ensuring restful sleep and reducing joint pain.
  • Heal from depression, stress and grief from loss.
  • Identify and overcome personal blocks and fears, reduce stagnation in your career and relationships and gain clarity to take the next steps toward a vibrant and fulfilling second act.
  • And much, much more...
To sign up for this FREE series, click HERE.

Laura Carstensen Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity
UC Berkeley Retirement Center is presenting a day-long conference on Living Well in Retirement.   Featured keynote address is by Laura L. Carstensen, "Long  Life in the 21st Century" the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and author of the book "A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity."

In addition there will be workshops by industry experts on fitness and health, housing, caregiving, and lifelong learning. Resources and exhibits from local organizations available throughout the day. Plus, there will be time to engage with fellow retirees and colleagues. 

When:   May 22nd  8:00 - 4:30
Where:  Hs. Lordships, Berkeley Marina
Regiseration includes lunch and free parking

The SF/Bay Area TTN Chapter and TTN-HOME are sponsoring this conference.

For more information, to review the specific workshops, and to register, click HERE.

      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. 

Attention East Bay Non-Fiction Fans

Planning to read and learn more in the New Year? Start working on your resolution by joining a book group. The East Bay Non-Fiction book group is seeking new members and meets every other month in the evening.  To learn more contact Marj Wolf at  .


Let's Go To The Movies

TTN Movie Group started up on October 1 by seeing the new movie, Victoria & Abdul.  We had a great time learning about and discussing this previously unknown friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk.  Plus we got to view the great actress Judi Dench portraying the Queen!  If you are interested in joining us at our monthly viewings in San Francisco, please email Mae at


East Bay TED Talk Discussion Group

TNN East Bay TED Talks Discussion Group had it's first meeting.  It was a great time for everyone with a lively discussion. If you are interested in joining the group, please email me at  and I'll keep you posted when future meetings will take place.

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

Why You Should Get The New Shingles Vaccine?

TTNer Joan Varrone sent in this important NY Times Article by Jane Brody about the new shingles vaccine.   People 50 and older should get the new shingles vaccine whether or not they remember having had chickenpox as a child, experts say. Even if you've already had the shingels vaccine, this article brings new up-dated information.  To read the full article click HERE.

The Midlife Doldrums are a Social Crisis. Now There's Momentum for Some Radical Fixes

A very interesting article appeared in The Washington Post which features The Transition Network in a very postive light.  The article states that o ver the past decade or so, evidence has emerged from economics, psychology and neuroscience showing that humans tend to go through a kind of emotional reboot around midlife. It's often experienced as a period of malaise and dissatisfaction, but normally it is not - contrary to stereotype - a crisis. Rather, it is a transition. During this period, our values, our priorities, even our brains tend to shift away from competition and social striving and toward connecting and giving to others.

To read the full article click HERE.


Why You Should Recruit 
Older People

In this interesting article by Gwen Moran, we learn that w orkers in age groups 65 to 74 and 75 and older are  expected to grow faster than any other age segments through  2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

AARP's research shows that more than 80% of workers ages 45 to 64 say that the opportunity to learn something new is an essential element of their ideal job.  In 2010, a major international study called the Cogito Study compared 101 young adults (20-31) and 103 older adults (65-80) on 12 different tasks over 100 days. Against their expectations, they found that 65- to 80-year-old workers' performance was more stable and less variable from day to day than that of the younger group. In addition, their motivation was higher than the younger workers', and they were less erratic. So ditch the outdated thinking about older workers, she says.

To read the full article, click HERE.

I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes!

Have you been trying to make sense of Mark Zuckerberg's testimony and the privacy issues facing Facebook?  TTNer Arta  Zygielbaum sent in a very interesting NY Times article by Brian Chen who delved into his Facebook account and found more than he bargained for.  To read the full article, click HERE.

The Future is Now!

Nancy Ware writes, "This has nothing to do with seniors or transitions, but it is so amazing I just wanted to share it.  If you want to make some points on the "cool" scale, send it to your kids or grandkids!"

This is a holographic image.  It takes place in a gym;  no screen;  no goggles... amazing!!  To watch it, click HERE.


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

For further information on our Chapter please email

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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