Help Us Stay Connected: Computer Access and Tutoring

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Ana stopped by Supervisor Christensen’s office to ask for her support in keeping seniors and people with disabilities connected to friends and family.


Claude uses computers to stay connected to lifelong learning. Trying new things and learning new skills is essential to brain fitness as we age.

This week we kicked off the next phase of the Keep Us Connected Campaign with a workshop for trainers and participants, as well as the first few meetings with Supervisors and their staff.

During April, we will be working to show the Mayor and Supervisors how important it is to support and expand SF Connected so that we can make sure seniors and people with disabilities have computer access and training. In this year’s City Budget, we need them to continue funding SF Connected and commit $750,000 more annually beyond current baseline funding. This commitment by our leaders would mean:

  • More computer class locations and more computer trainers and tutors, especially tutors who are bilingual and have experience with assistive technology to help those with vision or hearing loss, or other disabilities.
  • Keep Us Connected workshop participants discuss why computer access is important

    Workshop participants shared why staying connected is important to them: from participating in the community, to reading news in their own language, to improving their mood by looking at family photos, and much more.

    More neighborhood tech support events to help people use and maintain their own equipment.

  • More computer labs fully up and running, with funds for items like printer cartridges, paper, mice, headphones hand modems.
  • More resources and better coordinated efforts to bring digital access to all with support for the San Francisco Tech Council, a newly launched nonprofit-government-business partnership.

How You Can Help

Share Your Story to make SF Connected more than an abstract program. Why does computer access and training matter to you? How has computer access and training improved your life? (Download advocacy tips here-PDF) Stay tuned for hearings and other events where you can share your stories.

Help Tell Our Stories on Social Media. Share your story on the Keep Us Connected Facebook page! (You don’t even need to be on Facebook to help.) See our social media page and contacts page to learn more.

Molly and Wanda share why Staying Connected is important to them, and to the people they tutor.

SF Connected tutors Molly and Wanda at the workshop. Trained paid and volunteer tutors know how to work with seniors and people with disabilities. It’s important to provide a safe and welcoming environment where people can learn at their own pace.

Pitch in on Mondays, 9:30–11:30 at 360 Valencia Street. Drop by on Mondays to check in about progress, coordinate next steps, put together materials, and other activities. Come join in!

Schedule a Free Advocacy Workshop. If you host a site or belong to a group with many seniors or people with disabilities, contact us at or 415–821-1003 ext. 1 to schedule a free advocacy workshop. Help support the Keep Us Connected Campaign and learn skills to help promote other issues important to you!

Invite your friends and neighbors to get involved. Closing the digital divide for seniors and people with disabilities reduces isolation, keeps neighbors engaged in their communities, and improves health and well-being. See our resource page for materials to share.






















Keeping Your Brain Fit As You Age


Dr. Christian Thompson, a professor at University of San Francisco, teaches Cayuga neighbors about brain fitness.

The Cayuga Community Connectors hosted Dr. Christian Thompson for a very-well attended and entertaining talk on brain fitness this month.

And he began with the great news that cognitive exercises can actually improve our memory – even in cases where there’s already been some memory decline. To keep your mind fit, Dr. Chris recommends:

Eating well and staying active! This not only keeps our bodies healthy, but also promotes good blood flow to the brain. And that’s essential for keep our minds healthy. (Download some recommended exercises-PDF)

Learning new things and continuing to challenge ourselves mentally. Cognitive training – focusing on games and activities that make us think – actually improve our memories more than using strategies to remember things.

We even had a chance to try out some brain games. In approaching a new challenge, Dr. Chris reminded everyone to:

  • Start by Understanding the Problem
  • Develop a Step-By-Step Process
  • Expect Setbacks – If it’s easy, it’s not exercising your brain!
  • Be Persistent – Don’t give up! Keep going, even when it’s difficult. This is what keeps your brain young.

If you want to try some of these brain games yourself, here are three handouts to get you started:


Participants puzzle their way through a variety of brain games at Bethel Lutheran Church. Cayuga Community Connectors also hosts Always Active Classes here three times a week.

Download Shinro Puzzles (PDF). (Similar to Sudoku, but without the numbers). Want more? Play Shinro puzzles in your web browser or on iPhone/iPad with Jabeh.

Download Rebus Puzzle (PDF). (Great for native English speakers). Want more? Try the rebus puzzles here.

Download Categories Puzzles (PDF) (Find words starting with certain letters to fit certain categories). Want more? These are ones you can make up yourself!

Want More Opportunities to Try New Things? If you’re looking for other puzzle games to make you think, try printing out some of the ones at Puzzle Baron. Or  join CLC at one of our classes at 360 Valencia and other locations throughout the city (PDF) for a chance to learn a new skill and meet new people at the same time.

Community Forum on Transit Justice March 10 in the Bayview


Community Forum on
for seniors and people with disabilities
in collaboration with Network for Elders

12 noon – 2 pm
Southeast Community Center
City College of SF
1800 Oakdale Avenue

Sign up for Free Muni for Seniors & People with Disabilities

Find out about problems and solutions regarding taxis, Paratransit, and “ride-sharing” companies like Uber & Lyft, and discuss how our access to transit affects our ability to stay active in our community.

Enjoy free lunch!

Sign up with Alice at 415–546-1333 or

The event is wheelchair-accessible and will be translated into Spanish and Chinese. For other accommodations, please call 415–546-1333 as soon as possible.

Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or strong shampoos or other scents, to keep the space scent-free and inclusive for all. Thank you!

Please spread the word! Click here for flyers to print and post:
Flyer in English
Flyer in Spanish
Flyer in Chinese

Co-hosted by Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services
and the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council
For more information, contact Senior & Disability Action
(415) 546‑1333 *


Share Your Photos — Instantly!

Everyone enjoyed a chance to take photos and walk away with printed versions.

Everyone enjoyed a chance to take photos and walk away with printed versions.

Are you new to taking digital photos? Not sure how to get them from your phone (or camera) to a printed version you can share with a friend? Join us for one of our fun (and FREE!) introductory Point, Shoot, and Share introductory programs this month. Learn how to take a photo with your phone or camera, put it on a computer, and print it immediately.  (And walk away with your photo)

Point, Shoot, Share: Pick a location and day that works for you.

  • Wednesday, March 4, 1 to 3 at Laguna Honda Hospital, 375 Laguna Honda – 1st Floor near Library
  • Monday, March 9, 1 to 3 at 360 Valencia St.
  • Monday, March 16, 10:30 to 12 at Old Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St. (with fabric printing included! Perfect for making a cute pillow or adding to a quilt)
  • Wednesday, March 18, 10 to 12 at Curry Senior Center, 333 Turk St.
Learning new things at the 360 Valencia computer lab

Theresa helps students at the 360 Valencia computer lab

Cameras to Computers: And if you’ve been taking photos with your phone or camera for a while, don’t miss our intermediate class on Cameras to Computers with Theresa. She’ll help you learn even more about how to use the computer to save, store, and organize your digital photos.

  • Monday, March 23, 11:30 to 1:30 at 360 Valencia St.

For more information, contact Judy Auda at 415–826-3194 or Or download a flyer:

Download (PDF)

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Cayuga Connectors Create Community

In San Francisco’s Cayuga neighborhood, the Cayuga Community Connectors continue to turn strangers into neighbors and neighbors into friends. This intergenerational network of neighbors nurtures the friendships and connections that seniors and people with disabilities need to age and thrive in their own homes.

Join Us! How To Keep Your Brain Healthy at 60, 70, 80+

On Thursday, March 12 at 1:30PM at Bethel Church at 2525 Alemany Blvd, the Cayuga Community Connectors will be hosting a free presentation on keeping your brain healthy as you age. Chris Thompson, PhD, one of California’s top healthy aging doctors, will share the most important things we can do to keep our brains healthy, including activities to strengthen your memory. Translation in Spanish and Cantonese will be available. Download and share flyers in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

How Saving Cayuga Park United the Neighborhood”

Read more about how the Cayuga Community Connectors started, and what they’ re accomplishing in this great article in the Ingleside Light by Judy Goddess.

The challenge of creating community did not fade with the opening of the park. The Reverend Glenda Hope, community organizer and neighbor, explained: “We wanted to create an infrastructure so people will stay in the community. We don’t want anyone to feel isolated, whether they’re seniors, immigrants, new residents. We wanted to integrate people into the community, to keep our neighborhood together. Our ultimate goal is for people to connect with each other and look out for each other; we want everyone to know they have something to offer. It’s not going to happen by itself. We’ve got to let every person know we’re here. People who thought they had nothing to offer found themselves happily engaged in a network of mutual exchange.”

Celebrating 90th Birthdays

Cayuga Connectors - Celebrating 90th Birthdays

Supervisor Avalos helps Carmelia and Joe celebrate their 90th birthdays

Supervisor John Avalos dropped by one of the Cayuga Connectors’ Always Active senior exercise classes to present two members with a Citation from the City recognizing their 90th Birthday’s. Carmelia Lozano and Joe DiMartini have lived in the Cayuga neighborhood over 100 years combined. John stayed to celebrate with the group, held a discussion regarding the importance of Cayuga Connectors and renewed his commitment to keep it going. He took the time to take a look at photos, current events and group photos posted on the bulletin board at Bethel Church.

Creating Connections Through Neighborhood Activities

In addition to Always Active exercise classes, a walking group, and other regular activities, Cayuga neighbors get together to learn, try new things, and just have fun! To join in, please contact Patti Spaniak at or 646–409-7775.

Cayuga Valentines

Special guest instructor: Jerrie McIntyre helped us create very special hanging Valentine art/hanging messages that are good for all year around.

Cayuga Valentines

Making valentine’s cards together is a great way to make friends at any age. Some of our younger neighbors got together to join in the card-making fun!

Cayuga Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computers Class. Some of our Cayuga neighbors gathered to get started on computers. Our conversation ranged from: “What’s a Google” to “should I buy a laptop or an iPad”

Cayuga weekly basketball games

A special request to “shoot some baskets” has led to a weekly basketball court date. It’s been really fun-and has attracted some of Cayuga’s non-English speaking neighbors — kids and seniors alike!