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.
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 email@example.com. Or download a flyer:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 646–409-7775.
Don’t miss this short set of interviews on KALW’s Crosscurrents by Jen Chien on how SF Connected computer training is helping San Francisco seniors and adults with disabilities connect (and reconnect) with friends and family, get access to resources that are moving online, and stay involved in their communities. Here’s how the computer training has helped one participant:
Tricia Webb not only understands that need for connectedness, she lives it..She spends her days and nights in a hospital bed in the living room of her apartment in the Western Addition. …She says she still remembers how she felt the first time she encountered a computer.
“Scared to death!” she says. “I was like, ‘I won’t touch nothing, ‘cause I ain’t breaking nooothing.’”
But with the help of the Community Living Campaign, one of the main partner organizations of SF Connected, she now has a solid set of tech skills.
“It’s amazing: the things, the confidence that I gained from that,” she says. “So now, I social media all over the place, you know!”
From her bed, Webb uses a tablet and a smartphone to keep in touch with the world. She emails and texts, plays online games, and keeps in touch with her family on facebook.
The SF Connected program is funded by San Francisco’s Department of Aging and Adult Services, and provides computer training and access to seniors and adults with disabilities on over 250 computers, configured in 6 languages, in more than 55 locations all around the city. The Community Living Campaign, Community Technology Network, Self-Help for the Elderly, Conard House, and Reliatech provide computer classes and support through the SF Connected program. To see a calendar of all free classes or for more information, go to www.sfconnected.org or call (415) 355‑3555.
It turns out Freud was right: “work and love” are essential for human happiness. Older adults do not age out of those most human of needs, or the need for cash. While San Francisco cannot requisition a love potion, we can do quite a lot for the work side of the equation.
Most seniors, today over 65,000, by 2040 about 1/3 of the City, do not have enough income to meet basic needs. The highest percentages of individuals living below the poverty level in San Francisco are older adults.
But wait! Frail elders and some seniors do require support, but many older San Franciscans can and want to work. They just can’t find jobs.
Persistent ageism within key local industries – tech, hospitality, construction – is one of the daunting barriers. Other barriers: limited programs to increase senior employment, and no coordination, visibility and evaluation for minimal work-generating initiatives that do exist. Some programs are in place – the Senior Community Service Employment Program, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companion Program. However, these reach only a fraction of senior seekers. Training, like the dedicated efforts of Jewish Vocation Services, exists but begs the larger issue of jobs open to seniors.
SF’s recent workforce development initiatives won’t help seniors put food on the table, keep lights on or provide a modicum of comfort. The Mayor’s 17-Point Jobs Plan, the Office of Economic/Work Development’s sector-based Access Point Strategy, and SF’s Draft Consolidated Plan don’t address unique barriers to seniors’ economic security. In the void, ageism reinforces stereotypes of older adults.
Other cities are taking bold steps to address these perils, spawning new programs responding to older adults’ eagerness for part-time, social-purpose work. NYC helped launch ReServe, offering seniors part-time, project-based social sector work. “ReServists” receive stipends for a variety of assignments — helping their peers manage chronic disease, serving as “success mentors” to motivate at-risk middle school students or moderating phone chats for housebound adults. These workers are willing to accept small (but potentially life sustaining) paychecks in exchange for assignments involving passion and purpose.
Programs like ReServe, which now operates in seven localities, often rely on city sponsorship and support to get off the ground, but they build in fee income to ensure they can be self-sustaining over time. Not only do these programs provide vital income to seniors, they also generate profound collateral benefits because older workers enrich an intergenerational workforce, boost organizational capacity and help solve social problems.
This City must do more to raise awareness of older adults’ capacity for work and to promote older adult job creation. Our elected leaders need to approve a Final Consolidated Plan that includes measurable steps and funding to help older adults find work. Additionally our elected leaders should lend support and momentum to a City-wide Senior Workforce Empowerment Campaign (SWEC). This campaign would help significant numbers of seniors find work by: raising awareness of the need, planning for specific job creation strategies (especially those that are self-sustaining, like ReServe), and then mobilizing computer trainers, coordinators and community connectors. SWEC can become that meeting point where government, nonprofits, community agencies, business, philanthropies – and seniors – all come together, act in unison, and leverage now-scattershot efforts for a true movement.
If this world-class city is going to truly promote economic sustainability, it needs to acknowledge the unique barriers facing older adults, recognize win-win rewards of mobilizing an older adult workforce, and become a catalyst for new, sustainable and measurable senior job creation.
San Francisco should be an incubator for new models of a 21st Century workforce that spans, and benefits, the entire, authentic working-age spectrum. San Francisco seniors want a hand, not a hand-out, plus new opportunities to earn needed income, contribute and connect — time tested ingredients for human happiness.
Marie Jobling, Executive Director, Community Living Campaign (CLC)
415–821-1003, ex. 1; email@example.com
1360 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103
Jill Center, CLC Board Vice President
Technology companies clearly have a long way to go when it comes to designing products for our aging community. Because tech companies tend to employ younger workers, most technology is designed for young people. But by 2030, approximately 19% of people in the US will be over 65. Some tech companies are taking note. Smashing Magazine lists some of the significant issues faced by our aging population that are key areas for tech companies to focus on in their designs.
Read more at: SmashingMagazine.com