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.
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 ~
Thurs, Jan 16, Alzheimer's Association Presents: Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior, 10:30am - 12:00pm @ Alzheimer's Association - 550 Water St. L-2, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. "Join us to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and learn strategies to help manage some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's disease". Registration is requested. For more information and to register please click here. This is a FREE event!
Wed, Jan 22, Emergency Preparedness Meeting, 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Twin Lakes Church Monschke Hall - 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. Presenters from several agencies will be on hand to share information and answer community questions.Speakers will include Rosemary Anderson, emergency services manager from the County Office of Emergency Services, Sgt. Jordan Brownlee from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and representatives from the Aptos/La Selva Fire District, Fire Safe Council, Red Cross and the Community Emergency Response Team.
Sat, Feb 29, Caregiver University: Dealing with Dementia, 9:00am - 2:00pm @ Capitola Community Center - 4400 Jade St., Capitola, CA 93940. "Dealing with Dementia is a program to help family caregivers. Developed by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. Participants will gain increased self confidence in handling Dementia related behaviors and knowledge of Dementia". Registration is required for this event. To register please call (831) 459 - 6639 or click here. This is a FREE event!
There is such a thing as a free ride (for seniors to visit the MAH)! Free rides weekdays from 10:00am - 3:30pm. Call Lift Line at least one day in advance to schedule a ride for you and a companion: (831) 688-9663. Admission to the museum is $10 per person. For more information please click the button below:
Free Rides to the MAH
~ NEWS/ARTICLES ~
"This 19-Year-Old Created an App to Help His Family Handle His Grandmother's Dementia"
'Knowing that you're not alone makes a big difference'
Read more here: CareZare App
Photo By: Andrew Testa
"Let's Wage a War on Loneliness"
The condition isn't just depressing. It can be deadly.
Read more here: War on Loneliness
"Dancing Past 60: 'I Actually Forget That I Am Aging'"
On this dance team at a Queens community center, being a grandma is a plus.
Read more here: Dancing Past 60
Photo By: An Rong Xu
Picture by T.J. Kirkpatrick for the New York Times
Seniors need transportation alternatives more than ever, but many are intimidated by ride-hailing apps. Read more here:
Older People Need Rides
Enjoy a short yet insightful video on The Future of Aging produced by RetroReport an investigative journalism group that publishes short-form documentaries. The story earned a 2019 News & Documentary Emmy nomination.
Many seniors take multiple drugs, which can lead to side effects like confusion, lightheadedness, difficulty sleeping and more. Doctors who specialize in the care of the elderly often recommend carefully reducing the medication load. Read more here:
Too Many Medications?
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.
The Neighborhood Network village in York Maine takes pride in fixing the things members need to have repaired. They have a resident team of five handymen on the York Housing staff who can do much of the work members require. If they can’t do it, they can recommend local vendors to do the work.
Learn more about their services here:
Rapp at Home is a village of seniors residing in Rappahannock County in Virginia who join together to have fun, keep active, and provide that extra neighbor-to-neighbor assistance to help sustain an independent lifestyle.
~~ Northwest Neighbors Village
Village Santa Cruz County
1740 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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