Remembering Vera Haile

Vera Haile was a force for compassion, inclusion and justice that shaped organizations in San Francisco for over 55 years.  She was an inspiration, role model, friend and colleague to a most diverse following. Many of her friends and admirers will come together to celebrate Vera and her work on Thursday, July 31 from 5:30 […]

Thanks, Captain Bill!

At the end of June 2014, Bill Haskell retired from the Department of Aging and Adult Services.  He may be retiring, but has left quite a legacy.  Bill was the staff guru behind the Long Term Care Coordinating Council (LTCCC)  and the development of its many and diverse projects and work groups.  Looking back even further, […]

Social Security and the LBGT Community

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation, in partnership with Openhouse and a host of other co-sponsors including the Community Living Campaign, addressed a packed house on October 30th in San Francisco.   People came eager to learn what Social Security benefits are now available to same sex partners and their families. For the first […]

Leadership for Community Living Honored — Award Event 2013

Leaders and supporters of the growing movement to help individuals age with dignity and human rights in their San Francisco community gathered again this year.  It was a time to reconnect with friends and colleagues and to honor Anni Chung with the 2013 Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award.   Proceeds of this year’s event […]

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Human Chain Against the Chained CPI

” The Chained CPI event, organized by the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) with the support from lots of other labor and community groups, made a strong statement on July 2 in San Francisco and in 50 other communities across the country.   Look and see if you can find someone you know!   And keep […]

Seniors Struggling — Can We Turn the Tide?

Last Thursday, June 19th,  the Insight Center and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released the updated Elder Index for seniors living alone or with a partner.   They also released the first-ever Elder Index for the costs associated with seniors raising one, two, or three grandchildren in each California county in a new report called The High Cost […]

5 Biggest Lies About Entitlement Programs

This Thursday, March 14, from 10:00 to 12:30, lots of us will gather at the First Unitarian Church at  1187 Franklin for a Town Hall Meeting to learn what we can do to save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.   If you can join us, RSVP to (415) 546‑1333.   We are being told a pack of lies.  Come learn […]

Seniors Step Up As Agents for Change

For the past two years, the SCAN Foundation provided funding to several California senior-serving organizations to explore ways to move participants and volunteers into action.  They also funded the California Association for Retired Americans (CARA), in partnership with the Community Living Campaign, to provide training and on-going technical assistance.  The Agents for Change interviewed in the […]

Healthy Aging — on the Edge of A Fiscal Cliff

Congress finally took action at the 11th hour with a tax package, leaving Social Security mostly intact (for now).   All the letters and San Francisco’s fiesty San Francisco’s Social Security Flash Mob surely helped keep the pressure on.   So let’s celebrate and thank our elected representatives for helping hold the line.   But the larger issue […]

What Makes a Good Leader?

This question was one of the first posed to recent participants in the California Alliance for Retired American’s (CARA) Leadership Academy, co-sponsored by St. Barnabas Senior Services in Los Angeles. “Good listener”, “concern for others”, “vision” were among the qualities identified.   When asked for examples of leaders they admired, their answers  were as rich […]