May - 2017 


Overcoming Political Stress                      Saturday, May 27                                 East Bay
SF TED Talks                                            Wednesday, May 31                           San Francisco
Scottish Rite Temple                                 Wednesday, May 31                            Oakland
Exploring What's Next                               Saturday, June 3                                 San Francisco
Maintaining Healthy Feet As We Age       Wednesday, June 7                             East Bay
UC Botanical Garden Tour                        Wednesday, June 21                           Berkeley

                                                             See details below

Tour of the Scottish Rite Temple
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
Wednesday, May 31st, 
 11 am

The Scottish Rite is a branch of Freemasonry, and has several origin stories dating to the 18th century. The luxurious and beautifully maintained Scottish Rite Temple of Oakland replaced an earlier Masonic structure, and was completed in 1927. 

Many of us have attended concerts and other events here, but our docent-led tour will give us access to many private spaces. Although we will be primarily interested in the architecture, you will find more information on the complex and arcane organization of the Scottish Rite on their website, 
Meet in the lobby of the Temple at 11 am.  
Followed by lunch across the street at the Lakeside Chalet
Admission by donation
Transportation:  Walking distance from the Lake Merritt BART station.  Limited street parking available.
RSVP to Josephine Withers at



June 7, 7pm

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. 

Watch for more information on the location. Meanwhile, if you have questions, please contact Lynn Richards,

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.


Workshop:   "Overcoming Political Stress"
May 27th, 2017

Hello, my name is Maria Pedroza.   I moved to the U.S. from Argentina in 1988. The move initiated a transformation from being a mind centered psychoanalyst to becoming a heart centered shaman and a healer. 

Lately, I am watching women being affected by the political news. It looks as if gains during the years of struggle for women's rights are at stake. 

As women, our resources and strength can become limited by previous traumatic experiences. My life's work is to liberate ourselves from the deep wounds that we silently and courageously carry through our lives. I feel honored to use ancient knowledge shared by indigenous traditions to remove the traumatic energy trapped in the psyche, to liberate our feminine power. 

After listening to the impact of the political climate on many of my friends and clients, I decided to offer a workshop. 

What:         "Overcoming Political Stress"
When:          May 27th, 2017
Where:         Bay Area (Address provided at registration)

Please feel free to contact me for more information:  or by phone at (510)883-4182
For more information about my story click  HERE or check out my website HERE

Marin Open Studios

TTNer, Heather Solway,  will be showing her work at the Kay Russell Studio at 636 Lindaro Street in San Rafael during Marin Open Studios on May 6 & 7 from 11:00-5:00 pm. There is a preview party on Friday, May 5th from 7:00-9:00.  For more information about the Open Studios, 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 .

Personal Concierge 



The only three-day film fest on aging, once again we will  present independent and innovative global cinema that advances our
mission: to educate, entertain, inspire intergenerational and diverse
audiences about the issues of aging.

We are seeking new board members who meet several of the
following requirements:

Love of film; interest in researching and reviewing potential films;
comfortable with issues of aging; available to meet once a month in San Francisco for board meetings, plus 3-4 hours' extra work during the month.
Experience or interest in fundraising and/or publicity a plus;
experience with social media (Constant Contact also helpful). Flexibility and  sense of humor.

If not board member, would you like to help out 3 hours per week
organizing 'stuff' (myriad fest details)?

For the full announcement, click HERE or contact   Sheila Malkind, Executive Director,

2016 LFFOA Board members, l to r: Koko Kawasaki, Sheila Malkind (Executive Director); Arlene Reiff; Howard Bloomberg, and Maxine Berzok.Not in photo:  Zel Anders, Amy Hittner, and Alan Klaum.

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

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

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.
No reservations taken after June 10th

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

Last month, TTN member Josephine Withers, art historian extraordinaire, provided our tour group with an overview of the Monet exhibit at the Legion of Honor. 

East Bay Golf Group Forming  
Beginners Welcome

Do you enjoy being outdoors? Like to walk?  Perhaps you have played golf a few times and would like to play more.
We are forming a golf group for members who want to have fun with golf in a non-competitive setting. Contact  Jean Raines at 
  jeanmrains  if you are interested.  Jean knows of several courses in the East Bay that are reasonable in cost and fun to play

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,  contact  Gail Benton Shoemaker  at for more information.

East Bay Ted Talk 
Discussion Group 

TTN 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.

For a link to some of the most popular TED Talks click  HERE .

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 .

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  

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  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. 


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

How Behavioral Economics Can Produce Better Health Care

TTN member, Joan Varrone, sent in a very interesting article from the New York Times showing that our health care decisions are not always rational.  ur habits, environmental cues and other subtle influences have a big impact on the course we take in our health care options.  To read the complete article click HERE.

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.


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