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Welcome to Village Santa Cruz County (VSCC)
, 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
Upcoming Events


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 ~


Drop-In Figure Drawing at UCSC

November 7, 14, 21 & 28, 7–9 p.m.,
Art Department M-101, free admission


Drop-In Draw provides a live model and room monitor. There is no formal lesson; only dry media allowed.


Hike in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Thurs, Nov 8, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Aptos, CA

Hike leaders Sally & Dinah invite members to join them on an approximately 2-hour easy/moderate hike through the woods with the destination being the Advocate Tree, one of the oldest redwoods in the forest.

Email Sally directly (log into Events Calendar) or contact the office at info@villagesantacruz.org or (831) 824-2404 to join the hike.



Bookshelves full?

Make some space and schedule an appointment with Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries today to donate your gently used, good condition books. Call (831) 427-7700 Ext. 5790 or email friends@fscpl.org today.  Also, see the requirements for b
ook donations here.



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, November 1
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  ~


Losing keys, misplacing a wallet, or forgetting someone’s name are common experiences.  Most of these memory lapses are normal—and have more to do with the increasing amounts of information being thrown our way than with any real cognitive decline.  But for people of a certain age, memory lapses can be frightening.

Here are some guidelines from the American Psychological Association and a short video from AARP.  The AARP website also has a brain health section with tools, information and activities that is free for members.





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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~  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/




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

Village Santa Cruz County:  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 County

1740 17th Ave.
Santa CruzCA 95062

(831) 824-2404                 
info@villagesantacruz.org


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