Resources from 4th Annual Aging While Black Forum

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

Food Insecurity in San Francisco

ZeroDivide Technology Resource Sheet

Anthony Lopez — Resources for Wills and Trusts

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.

CLC Annual Award Event Sparkles and Shines

Once a year, folks gather round to remember Norma Satten and to celebrate the work of other local leaders who are working to make San Francisco a better place for seniors and people with disabilities of all ages, as well as their hands-on care providers.

This September we honored Anne Hinton, the long time Executive Director of the Dept. of Aging and Adult Services.  With a room full of well-wishers, colleagues and family members, Anne shared stories of people who helped shape her vision for the collaborative style she has brought to her work.  As Margy Baran, who introduced her, stated on behalf of all of us, “Her legacy is our richness of aging services, our nation-wide reputation for innovation, our can-do attitude, and our commitment to our most vulnerable citizens.”

We want to thank the event sponsors, Silent Auction donors and purchasers, and the nearly 200 who attended this year.   A special thank you goes to Johnnie Brooks and Peko Yamaguchi who lifted our spirits in song, the Board of CLC who played a multitude of roles that evening and our Community Connectors, Trainers, and neighborhood volunteers who shared their work and their hopes for the future. Download the Event Program Book (PDF) to see more about Anne, CLC’s work over the past year, and more!

This year’s event also featured the work of our VIP’s — Videographers in Production — whose videos were shown around the event that evening.  You will learn more about our videographers in a future blog post but for now, enjoy the pictures and mark you calendar to look out for the date of our 2016 event.

Building Connections for Healthy Aging — Step by Step

We celebrated the third anniversary of our Connections for Healthy Aging Workshops with a reunion, bringing together an enthusiastic and diverse group of participants from past workshops all over San Francisco. These workshops, created and led by Marcia Peterzell and Linda Silver, are a wonderful way to explore issues around aging, including identifying and strengthening networks of support, and advocating for oneself and others.

During the reunion, we caught up on what’s been happening and talked together in small kitchen table conversations. Everyone shared resources and ideas we thought would be helpful to one another to keep us all prepared for whatever lies ahead, including completing a Vial of Life (emergency medical form) and the other items on our Empowered Elder To Do List.

Marcia and Linda also shared the new one and two hour workshop options to share valuable information on Healthy Aging with those who might not want to sign up for a four-week full workshop. These shorter session topics include:

  • The Lifesaving “Vial of Life”
  • Protecting Our Rights in a Hospital Stay
  • Strategies to Finish Your Advance Directive
  • Building Your Personal Support Safety Network
  • Coping with Grief and Loss
  • Finding Ways to Have More Fun

With renewed funding from the May and Stanley Smith Trust, we are ready to accept invitations to bring this conversation with resources and humor to your neighborhood, faith community or retiree group.  More details on their flyer here or contact Marcia Peterzell at 415–359-1816 or


Exciting News for San Francisco Seniors

Comcast just announced a new pilot project in San Francisco to expand its Internet Essentials Program to include low-cost, high-speed internet access for low income seniors.  See pictures from the Press Conference at Lady Shaw Senior Housing below and learn more about this new opportunity for San Francisco to help bridge the digital divide in the Comcast press release.    DSC_0902

Community Living Campaign is pleased to work with its SF Connected partners — Self-Help for the Elderly, Community Technology Network and the Department of Aging and Adult Services — to make this Pilot Program an example for the country of what we can do to get and keep everyone connected. Stay tuned for more details soon!


Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

Hundreds of people filled the North Light Court at City Hall on July 1 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and difference it has made in their life and the lives of so many millions more.  Hosted by the Mayor’s Office on Disability (MOD) and the Community Alliance for Disability Advocates (CADA), attendees were greeted by Mayor Ed Lee, City Administrator Naomi Kelly, former Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.  Nina G acting as Mistress of Ceremonies  invited speakers to recount the history of the ADA movement, with strong roots in San Francisco and honored three long time advocates with special Disability Champion Awards — Donna Calame, Steve Crabiel and Herb Levine.  Inspiring words by Supervisor Eric Mar and performances by Access SFUSD help cap the program with energy and the enthusiasm that carried over for the rest of the event.  You can view a replay of the event on SFGovTV and enjoy a few pictures below.  You can see more if you go to the Keep Us Connected Campaign on Facebook.  Kudos to Carla Johnson, the MOD staff and the rest of the team that helped create such a memorable event.