St. Francis Square Co-op was the first neighborhood network, inaugurated with the support of CLC and the Board of St. Francis Square Co-op. The Community Living Campaign Committee of the Board and network members celebrated their first ten years with a special event on December 8th. Early founders greeted many new neighbors and remembered those who have passed on who helped create the community ties. Music, poetry and a visit from Supervisor Valli Brown highlighted the afternoon. A photo collage brought back memories of activities over the past 10 years that helped weave community. Take a look below…[Not a valid template]
Aging and Diversity
Cayuga Holiday Potluck is an annual community gathering rich with food, fun raffle prizes, music and of course, Santa. Thanks to Patti Spaniak and all the leaders and neighbors who pitched in to make this a grand gesture of community living. Enjoy the pics![Not a valid template]
Before we opened the doors last October 22nd at St. Anne of the Sunset, we had hoped 15 people might attend our our Monday and Thursday afternoon exercise/community building program. Instead 35 appeared, ready to enjoy the Always Active exercise program. Though most of us lived in the neighborhood, few of us knew one another. The number of participants, and our friendships have only grown from those early days.
But we don’t only exercise when we come together. About a month into the program, Marina Lazarra, the community connector from the Community Living Campaign, began offering after-exercises activities. The first classes were on gardening and healthy herbs – Marina’s interests – an ongoing memoir writing class, classes on “finding your style,” earthquake safety, how to get most out of your cell phone, a three-session series on Stroke Awareness, and an evening meeting on Loneliness and Social Isolation engaged participants and brought in new members. More than 10 of us participated in a letter exchange with the fifth graders at the SF Friends School, and were thrilled to attend the children’s dramatization of our life stories.
Breast Cancer Groups Celebrate
On Oct. 11, the Breast Cancer Group of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, and the Bayview Imani Breast Cancer Support Group held their annual celebration luncheon.
Though African-American and white women are diagnosed with breast cancer at roughly the same rate, African-American women are 42 percent more likely to die from the disease. There seem to be several reasons for this: African-American women are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages of the disease, and experience delays in treatment. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with a triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive subtype that is linked to poorer survival.
The OMI breast cancer group meets the third Thursday of the month, from 11 a.m.– noon. The group takes on different projects – murals, paintings and placemats – some of which were on display at the church. Their primary task, explained Barbara Tate, program director at the LCOS, is supporting one another and the newly diagnosed. “When we hear of someone who’s been newly diagnosed, we try to visit and talk with them. We go with them to the doctor if they want us to do that. We listen to their story and tell our own. Whatever the person wants, we’re available.”
October 11, however, was a day to greet old friends, enjoy good food, celebrate and listen to inspirational speeches from Pastor Evered Cohen of the Lutheran Church and the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Ransom-Scott
If you are looking for support or want more information, call Barbara Tate, 415-586-7890.[Not a valid template]
Neighbors throughout San Francisco are at the heart of creating community. In every CLC program, there are many people who share their time and talents to improve lives of fellow seniors and people with disabilities. These dedicated neighbors who share their lifetime of experience and talents demonstrate just how much better we can make our communities when we create opportunities for everyone to contribute.
Each year, CLC hosts a citywide “Good Neighbor” party to thank these neighborhood volunteers for their countless contributions and to honor those in their midst who inspire others in CLC’s neighborhoods and programs.
The afternoon included great food from Mission Language and Vocational School, appetizers from our own Lizette Martinez, and homemade strawberry shortcake from our own Kate Kuckro. Folks also enjoyed a CLC Trivia game, a free prize drawing of themed basics from the different neighborhoods and projects, and fun photos. As one neighbor said, “we come from the north and the south, the east and the west and we join together to learn from one another.”
Honoring Outstanding Neighborhood Volunteers
This year’s Good Neighbor honorees – all seniors or people with disabilities themselves – have contributed in a wide range of ways. But across the board, all are quick to offer help in whatever ways they can. The Honorees help with computers, offer rides, share garden cuttings, host gatherings around the piano, organize neighbors, pack groceries, offer hearing screenings, and reach out to local businesses.
This year’s Good Neighbor Awards go to…
- Carmelita Lozano, Cayuga Connectors
- Nan Park, St. Francis Square Network
- Ruth Dark, Bayview Food Network/Connectors
- Carolyn Taylor , OMI Food Network
- Victor Lam, Computers & Access
- Steven Lopez & N. California Hearing & Speech Center, Vision & Hearing
- Brenda Billings, Events
- Marc Christensen, Merced Extension Triangle Community Connectors
These special neighbors will be honored again at CLC’s 10 year anniversary event on September 20th.[Not a valid template]
Ingredients to long life: social engagement, sense of purpose
The 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology & Geriatrics met in San Francisco this summer. While some presentations were of interest primarily to researchers, others were more immediately relevant. Many sessions emphasized the importance of social engagement, exercise, volunteering and having a sense of purpose. Research by AARP noted that seniors with a more positive perception of aging were more likely to exercise and take better care of themselves: activities that contribute an average of seven years to their lives.
Writing this column is one of the things I do to gain a sense of purpose. Where do you get your sense of purpose? I’d love to hear from you. Email me at email@example.com.
Cayuga Community Connectors: Meetings are held at the Bethel Center, 2525 Alemany at Ottawa; www.cayugaconnectors.org.
Diabetes Education Empowerment Program: Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Oct. 5 – Nov. 9. 25 percent of all seniors are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. DEEP strives to create support groups to encourage problem solving and the formation of new habits. DEEP has received numerous positive evaluations. The series is free and open to all.
Healthier Living: Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Nov. 16 – Dec. 21. This series is for anyone diagnosed with an ongoing health condition that affects their quality of life: arthritis, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, depression, etc. Proven results include day-to-day improvements in participants’ health care and the development of skills to better manage your health and work effectively with health care providers. The series is free; caregivers and family members welcome. Both programs are co-sponsored by 30th Street Senior Center. Call Patti Spaniak to preregister at (646) 409-7775.
I.T. Bookman Center: 446 Randolph St. firstname.lastname@example.org Aging While Black Forum: Life Care Planning. This annual lunch and speaker event will be held on Friday, September 29, 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Presenters include Financial Advisor Charles Clerky, and Veronica Sherpard of the Healthy Hearts Initiative. This is a free event; arrive early for seating. For additional information, call Deb Glen (415) 845-7717.
Free Health Screening: Thursday, Oct. 5, 1 – 3 p.m. Screenings for hearing and vision; health risk assessments, health education, BMI, glucose and cholesterol assessments and referrals and support. Pre-register with Joyce at (415) 586-8020 or sign up at the center.
Computer Training: every weekday morning from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. A special Computer and Internet Intensive Workshop began in August and continues through Sept. 22. You can join anytime. This workshop meets Fridays at 11 a.m. OMI Senior Center: 65 Beverly St.; www.catholiccharitiessf.org/programs/omi-senior-center.
Digital Literacy Training in Chinese: every morning. Dance & exercise classes throughout the day; English classes several days a week; games and trips. Lunch is served every day at 11:30.
OMI Health & Wellness Fair: On Saturday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Ward Recreation Center, 650 Capitol Ave. Health screenings, workshops on community resources and a children’s play area. This free community event is presented by the OMI Community Collaborative in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco and Catholic Charities Aging Support Services.
Legacy Film Festival on Aging: celebrates the aging process as profound and meaningful, often challenging, and sometimes sad. Sheila Malkind, director of the Festival, and her film review crew have chosen films that portray some of the many facets of aging, from loneliness and loss to joy and discovery. The Festival runs from Sept. 15–17 at the New People Cinema, 1746 Post St. in Japantown. 29 shorts, documentaries and full-length films, both local and international, will be screened in the two-and-a-half day festival. Some of the films are produced by local filmmakers, who will present a Q&A after their film. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at www.legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org.
An important poll recently released by the San Francisco Foundation provides insights into the priorities and concerns of diverse communities as it relates to Racial and Economic Inclusion in the Bay Area. Learn more at www.sff.org/racematters.
The Fourth Annual Aging While Black Forum in September drew a large and engaged audience to hear excellent speakers who presented useful information from their perspective. Guest speakers included:
- Veronica Shepard, SF Dept of Public Health on Food Security
- McCrea Parker from Zero Divide around Bridging the Digital Divide
- Anthony Lopez about Real Estate, Wills and Trusts
- Gil Brigham about Men’s Health
- Rev. Dr. Harold Pierre who moderated the panel and helped direct lots of questions and comments from those who attended.
A special thank you to Deb Glen for her help in organizing and Margaret Gray for the event flyer.
Thanks to Rev. Dr. Harold Pierre of Pilgrim Community Church and Jackie Wright of IT Bookman Center for co-sponsoring the event with CLC.
Here are some links to the material the panelist’s provided
And for Resources for Men’s Health, contact Gil Brigham at IT Bookman, (415) 586-8020.
To learn more about this event, listen to this interview with Chester Williams on KPOO Radio.
See more pictures below.
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The LCOS Breast Cancer Support Group, located in San Francisco’s OMI neighborhood, held it’s annual luncheon at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior on October 16. The group meets regularly to support one another, and has organized activities including community quilts and healthy eating classes for its members.
The luncheon included an informative presentation by guest speaker Pamela Ratliff, MPA from Stanford Cancer Institute’s Community Partnership Program. She focuses on overcoming the cancer disparities such as the higher rate of breast cancer deaths African American women as compared to all other ethnic groups. Pamela encouraged everyone to be advocates for their own health – she covered everything from how to stay healthy, screening for breast cancer, and information for people currently battling the disease.
The Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the third Thursdays of the month, For more information please contact the Community Living Campaign at 415-821-1003 or Barbara Tate at 415- 505-5899 or email@example.com.
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Article by Deloris McGee, Photos by Etta Jones
The community came out to get information on aging at The Village in Visitacion Valley on February 13. LaVaughn King, Executive Director of Reducing Stress in the Southeast, was the skilled moderator for this event. Uverda Harry gave such a resounding presentation that the community wanted her to continue. Makula Goodwin gave the statistics surrounding Glaucoma in the African American community. And she made sure that seniors knew that they should get their eyes checked. She also spoke on caregiving for the elderly and how to find good resources at a reasonable price. This is a service that most seniors have a problem paying for.
Wanda Materra asked the question in her Mental Health Presentation “what did we think mental illness was and was there a stigma attached to it that most people will not go for treatment?” She stated that we have to eliminate the stigma so that people can get help. And that we must help our families and friends who are suffering from this disease.
There was a lunch served after the presentation and a drawing for gifts. One of the attendees said that this forum should be given in each housing complex so that seniors can be aware of the resources and services that is available to them.[lg_folder folder=”Aging While Black – Visitation Valley/” paging=”false”]