June - 2017 


Journey to the Third Age                           May 31- August 2                                Berkeley
Exploring What's Next                               Saturday, June 3                                 San Francisco
Maintaining Healthy Feet As We Age       Wednesday, June 7                             Berkeley
Brain Fitness Forum                                  Sunday, June 11                                  San Francisco
UC Botanical Garden Tour                        Wednesday, June 21                           Berkeley

                                                             See details below

The East Bay Caring Collaborative
will be sponsoring a MAINTAINING HEALTHY FEET AS WE AGE  presentation in the East Bay.  All TTN members and guests are invited to attend. 

Dr. Yuko Miyazaki, a Foot and Ankle specialist will meet with us to share her advice and experience on issues related to our aging feet including the most common foot problems and how to treat them, suggestions on footwear and the best ways to maintain our feet. 

When:    Wednesday, June 7, 7:00 pm
Where:    The Dream Institute
               1672 University Ave.
                Berkeley, 94703
Cost:       There is no charge for Caring Collaborative/TTN members. Feel free to invite friends (please have them RSVP as well) who you think might be interested in the topic. Non- members pay $10.

The Dream Institute is five blocks from both Downtown Berkeley BART and North Berkeley BART and with ample parking on surrounding streets. It is located on University Ave., between M.L. King and Sacramento streets. 

To register, or if you have questions, please contact Lynn Richards, LRW7732@pacbell.net

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.

Seeking Advice About Senior and Mixed-Age Affordable Housing
I'm writing on behalf of a TTN member who needs to identify senior and mixed-age affordable housing for people who have a higher threshold of annual income than the $32,500 annual income limit.  Hers is $42,000 annual income. 

Have any of you been in a similar situation -- where you have sought or are seeking senior and mixed-age affordable housing with a higher annual income than most of the affordable housing allows? If so, did you come across any affordable housing in the Bay Area where she might apply that has a higher limit, where she could meet the higher income limit?

What about some of the new affordable buildings that are cropping up?  Do you have any knowledge about them and contact info?  

For those of you who have "been there" or who are coping with this now in your life -- 

-  What -- in your experience -- is the easiest way for researching these options? 
-  Any places that don't have long waiting lists?   
-  Also, if you have any other advice to offer that I can pass on to her -- that would be great. 

This is a very stressful time for her, and I want to help as much as possible. Whatever insights, contact info, including my talking with you directly, will be very appreciated by both of us.

Please email me directly at awr1@mindspring.com

Many thanks,
Arlene Reiff
TTN-HOME Planning Team

Brain Fitness Forum
Sunday, June 11

Celebrate Brain Awareness Month by participating in the inaugural Brain Fitness Forum at the JCC.
  • Gain useful information from experts on how to maintain cognitive awareness
  • Experience hands on activities to help stimulate your mind
  • Learn new strategies for brain health
Keynote speakers will talk about Alzheimers Disease, Growing and Managing your Brain Health,  and How to Slow Brain Aging Without Trying.

When: Sunday, June 11  9:14-4:15
Where:  JCC, 3200 California Street
             San Francisco
Cost:  FREE!  Everyone is welcome, but registration is advised.
To view their flyer click HERE.

Journey to the Third Age

Research shows people who have plans are much happier in retirement.  Join TTNer Rolene Walker in a great opportunity to explore retirement ideas, and  to make new connections with people.

The class is very interactive; people will be given structures, but they determine what their true work, rest, play and study are, and decide what activities they want to try out in each of those areas.   Rolene is convinced that we need to consult with each other and help each other think about the special opportunities we have at this point in our lives to do meaningful work in areas we are passionate about.    

When:  May 31-August 2
Where:  Berkeley
No need to worry if you miss the first session. For more information and details on the course, click HERE.

From Working Full Time 
To Living Full Time
Exploring What's Next

TTN Member, Luanne Mullin, MA, Life Planning Counselor and Eileen Williams MA, author and Huffington Post Job Search Contributor are offering a workshop to those whose careers are no longer the center of their lives and are looking to learn how to take the next steps.  

The workshop takes place at Ft. Mason in San Francisco on Saturday, June 3 from 1:00-4:00. For more information and details about the workshop, click  HERE.   To register on the Eventbrite Link, click  HERE.    If you have any questions contact Luanne Mullin at Luanne.Mullin@comcast.net .


Barbara Aspelin  
Chair -The SF Bay Area Chapter 
Dianne McCutcheon  
Publicity  Coordinator
Charlotte Myers

Joan Varrone
Event Planning

Bunnie Quint
Event Planning

Janice Wallace
Special Interest Groups Coordinator 

Hilda Hernandez-Gravelle
Special Projects

Nancy Hawes
Peninsula/South Bay 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

What are you doing?  We'd love to hear from you and share some ideas and stories.  Send us pictures too! Send your updates of your adventures and discussions to Nancy Ware at   nanwebware@sbcglobal.net

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! 


Save the date for this popular tour. The University of California Botanical Garden is a living museum; it is not a park or recreational space.  The research garden is famous for its diverse collection of plants - many of them rare and endangered in the wild.  The guided tour will cover Plants of the World.

For more information about the garden as well as directions and parking, click HERE.  


When:  Wednesday, June 21, 11:00 am
Where: UC Botanical Garden
             200 Centennial Drive 
             Berkeley, CA94720
Cost:   $10.00 
Bring your own picnic lunch.  We will have lunch together in the gardens after the tour.

This tour is   limited to only 15 participants  so get your reservation in early. To make a reservation, click HERE. 

San Francisco-based Community Living Campaign is launching SF ReServe to match older adults with rewarding part-time service opportunities at nonprofit organizations and public agencies. SF ReServe is the newest affiliate of the national nonprofit, ReServe.  Started in 2005, ReServe has placed more than 8.000 older adults in stipended, part-time assignments throughout the country.
Supported by a 3-yr grant from the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services, SF ReServe has been actively recruiting both organizational partners and "ReServists."  Initial SF ReServist positions include peer mentors, volunteer coordination and computer tutors.   To learn more and sign up for an upcoming First Impression Session, visit  www.sfreserve.org.


East Bay "Mostly Fiction" Book Club
 Being Formed

We are making plans to forge ahead with a mostly fiction book group.  Our first meeting will be on  July 12, at 7:00 p.m .  The selection is Trevor  Noah's recent book Born A Crime about growing up in apartheid Africa.  If you are interested in joining this new group or would like some more information, contact Aleen Colitz at   acolitz@yahoo.com

East Bay Golf Group Forming  
Beginners Welcome

We are forming a golf group for members who want to have fun with golf in a non-competitive setting. Jean knows of several courses in the East Bay that are reasonable in cost and fun to play.  Contact  Jean Raines at 

Sa n Francisco TED Talk Group
Just Starting Up

The San Francisco TED Talks group kicked off on April 26 by viewing Jill Bolt's presentation "My Stroke of Insight". The discussion was lively and educational. If you would like to attend the next meeting on May 31, or would like more information contact Gail Benton Shoemaker 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.

New Groups Forming

Love Live Performance  
A theater going group is forming to attend performances quarterly at SF Playhouse or at Berkeley Rep. Contact Mae King Go to join at mkgo @earthlink.net .

Let's All Go to the Movies!
Attending a Saturday or Sunday matinee with friends...does that take you back to your younger days? Join other TTN members in viewing a movie and discussing it over a meal. Once a month in San Francisco. Contact Mae King Go to join at mkgo @earthlink.net.  

What's your passion?  

Any member can sta rt 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. 


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.
Peninsula/South Bay
We have a new coordinator for the Peninsula/South Bay region.  For information about Special Interest Groups and Peer groups, contact Nancy Hawes.

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

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