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Welcome to Village Santa Cruz
a non-profit, grassroots membership organization.  We are a network of Santa Cruz city and county residents with a vision of aging as an active, empowering time of growing and learning, as important and meaningful as any other time of our life.




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Upcoming Events
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Our goal is a vibrant, caring community, neighbors of all ages helping each other, so we can stay in our homes and engaged in our community, through all the transitions of aging.




~ FEATURED EVENTS ~



Trying to work on your Spanish? Want to improve your vocabulary and Spanish speaking skills? The Aptos Branch Library is now hosting a spanish conversation group. Facilitator-led discussion and activities. All levels are welcome, including beginners. Meetings are every first and third Thursday of the month.

Next meeting:  Thursday, September 20
Time:   4:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Aptos Branch Santa Cruz Library
            7695 Soquel Drive
            Aptos, CA Map

For more information contact Ivan Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl.org or (831) 427-7702
















~  NEWS/ARTICLES  ~



Each year the Administration for Community Living (ACL) publishes a Profile of Older Americans, a compilation of the latest statistics on the older population based on data primarily from U.S. Census data. 

The profile provides data on changes in demographics of the population over age 65, including 15 topical areas (such as population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving). Click here for the ACL’s 2017 Profile of Older Americans.






Very little history, imagery or understanding of transgender older adults exists in the public sphere. The stories that circulate are often sensationalized, come from a lens of voyeurism or focus on celebrity figures.


Next Avenue is a website from PBS stations that inspires America’s 50+ generation to live the most meaningful, vibrant life possible. The site has posted a very informative article about To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults, a photography and interview project by photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre that provides a level of representation previously unseen for this community.

See https://www.nextavenue.org/transgender-older-adults/

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Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito counties:
Summaries from the October 2017 Solutions Summit




OF INTEREST  ~


Physical activity is an important part of healthy aging. To help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life, the National Institute on Aging created the Go4Life campaign. Go4Life offers free, evidence-based resources for older adults in one convenient place.

See 
https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity
and https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/


December 12, 2017 - NPR explores the Village Movement.  Listen to this first of 3 reports about villages in Boston, Chicago and California.  The "village movement" coordinates crucial services for the elderly, allowing many to age in their homes. It's now expanded to 200 spots around the U.S., as advocates adapt the model to different communities.

December 13, 2017 - second report about villages in Chicago..

December 14, 2017 - final report about a village in rural California.




August 30, 2017 - Good Times article featuring Mary Howe.

Village Santa Cruz:  Creating Community and Support for Seniors, Aging Boomers













Marin Villages exemplifies a "hub and spoke" village model that serves members county-wide and yet serves needs on a local or neighborhood basis. This is accomplished by providing vetted-volunteers who assist members with local rides, household help, pet care, tech support, office organization, companionship, and more. Click on the photo at left to view video about Marin Villages.






 













 

                

                               
Village Santa Cruz

1740 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz CA  95062

(831) 824-2404                 
info@villagesantacruz.org


Thanks to 
Community Foundation logo   and Volunteer Center logo for your support!