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Transforming Lives by Building
Aging and Disability Friendly Neighborhoods
NOVEMBER 2015
See our calendar for more details about upcoming events. Find it on our website and blog!
Gratitude & Hospitality Hallmark of the Season 

CLC Staff and Board remain grateful for all the ways you help make our communities better places to age and thrive - as donors, volunteers, inspiration and assistance to friends and neighbors. 

heart of leaves with words Giving Thanks
As we enter the holiday season, it can be a time of loneliness and sadness for many. Please think about at least one person who could benefit from your kindness and reach out to let them know you are thinking and caring about them.  


Capture Your Own Life Stories...
While Learning New Computer Skills 
the history project logo

Have you been thinking how to tell your life story, but not sure how to do it? A new digital storytelling platform, thehistoryproject.com, can help you create meaningful and interactive narratives about you, your family, your neighborhood, or any other important part of your life. You can choose to keep your project private, share with a small group of family and friends, or make it public. 
 
CLC is partnering with The History Project offering guidance in learning the simple but powerful tools to build your own history project. Creating these free projects are also be a great way to work on or learn new computer skills.  
The next workshop  will be Monday, November 30 from 10:00 to Noon at 360 Valencia Street . Hands-on help is also available at 360 Valencia every Monday from 11:00 to 3:00 to scan pictures and get assistance working on your site . S ign up for your free site and start telling your story at 
www.thehistoryproject.comAnd check out the article that just appeared in the New York Times

Teamwork to Launch Low Cost Internet Pilot 
picture of people at a table with cloth that says Internet Essentials from Comcast.
Comcast has begun their SF pilot project that offers $9.95 per month internet to low income seniors 62 and older. The offer includes free installation and access to low-cost computers for those not current Comcast internet subscribers (it's OK if you have Comcast cable). 

Call the special Senior Internet Pilot line at (855) 804-8010 to sign up. For more details, go to www.internetessentials.com/seniors

Community Living Campaign, Self-Help for the Elderly and Community Technology Network are joining with SF Dept of Aging and Adult Services to offer computer training and help spread the word. If you'd like flyers, they are available in English and Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. Download from these links or call any of the partners to arrange to have flyers and posters delivered.  
CLC Food Networks Seeking Helpers for the Holidays and Beyond  
CLC regularly delivers fresh fruits, vegetables and  staples to 160 seniors and adults with disabilities who cannot access the regular food pantry program because of age or disability in the OMI, Bayview and Parkmerced/University Park neighborhoods.  
 
In order to meet the growing need, we must find a few good people (with trucks, vans, or a good sized trunk) to help deliver to a set route twice a month. We also could use volunteer drivers for a big holiday turkey delivery day on December 21, with turkey and fixing provided by Glide Food Program to almost 1,000 people in those neighborhoods.  If you can help, call 415-821-1003 or email info@sfcommunityliving.org.  
Eviction Protections 2.0 Becomes Law
older woman looking worried
This legislation, introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim and supported by a majority of the Board of Supervisors, was passed to reduce the upsurge in low-fault and no-fault evictions in San Francisco, which have increased more than 80% in the past 5 years. These "gotcha evictions" have serious consequences on the health and well-being of seniors and people with disabilities.  

The new protections allow tenants the opportunity to resolve the issues rather than have them used as an excuse to begin eviction proceedings. Notices must also be translated in different languages. For more info, contact the San Francisco Rent Board at (415) 252-4600.
Calendar of Up-Coming November Events
Spotlight - CLC Health and Wellness Activities
zumba gold logo
Neighbors in the OMI are organizing more ways to get out and move.  Zumba Gold  classes with our own multi-talented LaNay Eastman begin November 5 and run through December 12 on  Thursdays from 11:30 to 12:30  at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, 650 Capitol Avenue
 
Join the free, fun, low impact dance and exercise program geared to the 50 plus. For more info, contact LaNay.sfcommunityliving@gmail.com or download a Zumba Gold flyer
 
And the OMI Fogwalkers meet every Wednesday at 10am to walk the Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Field and every Monday at 9:30am to walk around Lake Merced. For more information, contact Deb Glen at debglen1@gmail.com 

Caygua Connectors are hosting two important activities open to the wider community - both will be held at Bethel Church, 2525 Alemany.
Cayuga Connectors also hosts a very popular Always Active senior exercise program  at Bethel Church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 for residents of the Cayuga neighborhood. For more information on these activities, email Patti Spaniak at patti@cayugaconnectors.org.

Get Help with Financial Planning
piggy bank with stickers on money issues
CCSF and the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco invite you to attend a local  Financial Planning Day,  where you'll be able to meet one-on-one with dozens of highly qualified  Certified Financial Plannerâ„¢ professionals to discuss your personal finance questions, concerns and interests.

November 7, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Get  free, private consultation with an expert on a wide variety of personal finance issues, including debt management, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, and estate planning.  Financial planners are volunteering their time and will not pass out business cards, marketing materials or sell products or services. In addition to 1-on-1 consultations, there will be informative classroom workshops presented by top financial planners on a wide range of topics.  Please refer to the FAQ to learn more about the Financial Planning event .
Post-Election Assessment Part of Seniors and Disability University 
senior and disability action logo Classes will cover the November 2015 election: what we learned and what is next for senior, people with disabilities and low income communities. Session include training on public speaking, outreach, lobbying and current/future senior and disabilty campaigns.  
Classes will be held on Tuesdays, November 24 December 1,8,15 from 1:00 to 4:00 at 101 6th Street. For more information and to register, contact SDA at 415-546-1333 or email srira@sdaction.org. 

Connectors Building Connections & Forging Links 
Aging and Disability Event With a Purpose 
dancers in front of a large screen that says Party with a Purpose
John Feather at the podium
The October 23rd Party with a Purpose started with a inspiring performance of the Dance Generators.  Other highlights include John Feather, PhD, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging; a series of small discussions on key issues; and final the Friendly SF Award, presented to Tom Nolan and the MTA Board for awesome decision to offer Free MUNI to over 60,000 seniors and people with disabilities. See pictures here. Thanks to Carmen Lee for the great write-up on her blog "Better with Age." 4 people receiving an award for Free Muni

Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon in the OMI 
Here are some of the luncheon participants and regular LCOS Breast Cancer Support Group members and their handiwork
The Breast Cancer Support Group Lunch at Lutheran Church of our Savior in October once again welcomed the every popular speaker Pamela A. Ratliff, MPA, Senior Manager Stanford Cancer Institute (center).  Participants received information, fellowship and a great lunch provided by Glide Food Program.  

See more pictures on our blog and on the OMI Community Connectors Facebook Page (stop by and like the page to keep up with all the happenings in the OMI!).

Embrace Your Life, Engage Your Community
St. Francis Square neighbors come together to learn more about Compassion and Choices
Marcia and Linda share information about Healthy Aging at the On Lok Conference
This was the theme for this year's On Lok Sustainable Long-Term Care Conference, but CLC Community Connectors Marcia Peterzell and Linda Silver give these words meaning every day. 
 
In their own community, they organize support for aging neighbors and their families, write a weekly newsletter column, bring in presentations (the most recent was by Compassion and Choices), and much more.  We are pleased to welcome Betty Traynor (pictured top right) join the 
CLC team   to help support the growing list of activities at St. Francis Square Co-Op and Community.
 
You can also find Marcia and Linda offering workshops about healthy aging throughout the City. That may be in a garage in the Cayaga neighborhood, at City College in the Bayview, or other spots where neighbors gather.  See below for more information on scheduling workshops for your organization. 

Empowered Elder Presentations & Workshops 
Say "Yes" to Connections for Health Aging Workshops and Presentations.  You can schedule a workshop for your organization to learn about the Vial of Life, Advance Directives and other ways to empower ourselves as we age. 
 
flexible menu of workshop topics helps us bring topics to organizations individually and in series.  If you would like more information about how to bring a presentation or workshop to your organization, contact Marcia at marcia.peterzell@comcast.net
picture of seniors at the CARA Convention holding up Yes signs
CLC kicked off this year's healthy aging workshops and presentations at the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) Convention. 
Cayuga Connectors  

The Cayuga Connectors celebrated fall with a tailgate at the Balboa High School homecoming. It was a chance for long-time alums to break out their Balboa colors and connect with students and neighbors. 

They've also been busy at Cayuga Park, where neighbors are helping paint the many wood carvings throughout the park. Starting next spring, Cayuga Connectors will have another chance to share their artistic talents thanks to a generous Excelsior Community Action Grant that will fund a mural to be painted on the side of building along stairs leading into the park.  See more photos and find out more on the Cayuga Connectors Facebook Page
Cayuga neighbors - and Balboa High School alums -  got together for a  tailgate and the homecoming football game.
Join in every Thursday at Cayuga Park to paint, walk, and catch up with neighbors.

Upcoming Computer Classes
360 Valencia Street Computer Lab  Free computer classes and one-on-one assistance continues at 360 Valencia on Mondays starting at 9:00 a.m. This month's classes include Email Security, Free Movies & Music, and Shopping Safely Online.  And bring your phones, tablets, laptops and questions to our ever popular "Help Desk"  on Monday, November 16 , 9:00 to 3:00 and join us for our regular lunch on Meet-Up Monday. 

clc logo with bus that says on the road Presentations On The Road  Join us this month for a lively array of free presentations on Genealogy, Books & Reading, Free Movies & Music, and much more. For information about these and other hands-on presentations, contact Judy Auda at (415) 826-3194 or judyauda@yahoo.com.

Regular CLC-Supported Computer Labs
CLC sends tutors and trainers to senior and community centers around the City as part of the  San Francisco Connected  program.
CLC's Janis Kaempfe (pictured left) who staffs the weekly lab on Tuesdays (9:30-12:30) at Tel-Hi as it appears on their new brochure. You can also find Janis at Aquatic Park Senior Center on 1st and 2nd Wednesdays (1:00-3:00). 
     
CLC Computer Class Schedule