Saralyn Archie is this year’s Good Neighbor Honoree for the OMI Food Network. There are 19 families on Saralyn’s route, and she looks forward to seeing every one of them. It’s all about “human kindness,” she says, “being kind and giving to others. It’s a treat for me to be able to give something to people. I thank God every day.” Read more about Saralyn on our Healthy Aging blog.
Mark Campbell is this year’s Good Neighbor Honoree for the Laguna Honda Computer Club. While not a member, he was instrumental in helping the club get started. “ Mark treats residents as equals. He creates community by encouraging everyone to cultivate their own abilities to contribute back.” Read more about Mark on the SF Healthy Aging blog.
Cathy Russo is this year’s Good Neighbor Honoree for the Park Merced/University Park Food Network. A volunteer since its start, Cathy is not only recreating the small town of her youth but is also making connections between her vast experience and her commitment to “making it good” for others. Read more about Cathy on our Healthy Aging blog.
Tricia Cardillo is this year’s Good Neighbor Honoree for our Vision and Hearing program. As a volunteer at Steppingstone Presentation, she “encourages participants who have never been on a computer before to overcome their fear of the unknown in a supportive and nonjudgmental way.” Read more about Tricia on the SF Healthy Aging blog.
Randolph James is this year’s Good Neighbor Honoree for his dedicated work with the Bayview Home Delivered Grocery Network and Having Pride UNITI. Randolph admits he made a lot of trouble when he was a youngster. Now he’s giving back by taking care of the people who helped raise him up. Read more about Randolph on our Healthy Aging blog.
Sara Taylor is this year’s Good Neighbor Honoree for the Connections for Healthy Aging program. She brings her combination of caring and legal expertise to her classes on Advance Directives and other forms. “the things that come up in class are so meaningful,” Sara says. ” I always end each class saying, ‘this is the best class ever,’ and I mean it.” Read more about Sara on the SF Healthy Aging blog.
Wanda Liu is one of our bilingual computer trainers. A whirlwind of energy who learned about computers as an adult herself, she believes that learning to use a computer or smart phone is a great way to stay connected with family and friends. Read more about Wanda and her digital literacy class on the SF Tech Council blog.
Dedicated neighbors are at the heart of our work across San Francisco. This year, we honored ten Good Neighbors for their efforts to make their communities better places to make friends, age, and thrive. Read more about Good Neighbors on our Healthy Aging blog.
For several months this winter, Laguna Honda Computer Club members learned how to create digital art, resulting in a digital art show that is now making the rounds. Read more about their digital art on the SF Tech Council blog, and go see their work at the Main Library through early August.
Always Active senior exercise classes are an important (and popular!) part of the Cayuga Community Connectors’ weekly routine. As Barb, a regular participant says, “You come alone, and you leave together…when somebody gets sick or somebody goes to the hospital, everyone rallies around.”
Becky and Bert created and performed a dance together at last year’s Annual Award event. Get a peek at their rehearsal and performance as they describe what motivates them to dance. From Becky’s desire to dance “for as long as I can, no matter what style,” to Bert’s daily routine for fun, exercise, meeting people, as well as that “must have applause.”
With the help of one of our Trainers at IT Bookman Community Center, Roger is using The History Project to share his many stories and experiences. Read more about Roger and his digital time capsule on the SF Tech Council Blog.
Claude comes to the computer lab almost every week for the community and help typing. At 80, he has learned how to make a small income writing book reviews and participating in studies and focus groups that he finds online. Read more about Claude on the SF Tech Council Blog.
LaNay Eastman is our Vision and Hearing Community Connector. She works with seniors and people with disabilities at Adult Day Services centers and beyond to help them remain connected. She teaches strategies and provides adaptive technologies to help participants work “maybe in a different way, but still accomplish” what they want to do.
Norma Satten was the founding President of the Community Living Campaign and an inspiration and mentor to so many. The Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award was greated to honor her work and to recognize others who are leaders in a movement for that allows all of us to age with dignity and human rights.
When Glenda retired, she turned her energies to meeting her neighbors. She explained, “I looked around the neighborhood where I had lived for so long…and there were a lot of people living here who didn’t know each other, including me, and I just though we should get to know each other.” Read more about Glenda and the now 200-plus Cayuga Connectors on our Healthy Aging Blog.
Michael, Megan, and Carlos have been helping deliver groceries to their Park Merced and University Park neighbors for many years. They know what a big difference the food makes in participants’ lives, but that is just the beginning . As Michael says, “it’s more than a food delivery – we become part of each other’s lives. We share the joys and frustrations of life.” Read more about their experiences on our Healthy Aging Blog.
San Francisco seniors describe why they’re learning to use computers so that they won’t be “left behind.” Basic computer skills and access are increasingly important, from keeping in touch with family to staying connected with social security, doctors and others. Computer labs at senior and community centers let participants learn at their own pace in a safe and welcoming environment.
Article: Tricia Webb provided the inspiration for an article that appeared in Generations, the monthly magazine of the American Society on Aging. We hope it inspires more people to overcome their fears and just say “Yes” to using tech tools to communicate. If you are reading this online, you know how important connectedness can be. Please share with a friend or family member.
Jose lived in his apartment for 43 years. After a 14-year battle, he was evicted under the Ellis Act For a year, he was homeless. After finding new housing, he describes his experience, the importance of community, and his desire to “keep fighting, keep working for housing justice and human rights.”