Staying healthy and engaged is no easy matter these days. But with a little help from our friends, neighbors, and families, we can be informed and empowered to do just that! During the past year, over 300 seniors learned new skills, made friends, prepared for health emergencies, and learned to advocate for themselves and others through our Healthy Aging Workshops.
Four-Week Connections Workshops
CLC offers a four-part workshop series called Connections for Healthy Aging through local churches, senior centers, and other organizations like Openhouse and the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California.
The workshops are a great way to meet in a small group, explore issues around aging, prepare for health emergencies, strengthen your support network, and learn to advocate for yourself and others. See our Healthy Aging Resources page for links to many of the resources that participants use during the workshops.
Healthy Aging Presentations
We also offer a range of single topic presentations and discussions, chock full of information gathering and giving. Most are one or two hours, depending on the topic. The Empowered Elder “To Do List” is our basic session and can be coupled with mini-workshops on:
- The Empowered Elder “To Do List” / Myths of Aging
- The Lifesaving “Vial of Life”
- Protecting Our Rights in a Hospital Stay
- Strategies to Finish Your Advance Directive
- Building Your Personal Support Safety Network
- Coping with Grief and Loss
- Suicide Prevention: You Can Help!
- Finding Ways to Have More Fun
- Healthy Cooking: Hands On Cooking Demo
Consider inviting us to your existing groups or meetings for a taste of how we facilitate a peer-based model of learning/teaching/learning. We can also schedule a special session based on your needs and interests. For more information, contact Lizette Martinez at (415) 821-1003 ext. 108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vial-of-Life is a simple way to provide critical information to paramedics and other health professionals in an emergency. While there are different types of Vial of Life programs, they all function similarly. When the paramedics arrive at a home, a sticker on the front door (or a front window) alerts them that the resident has completed a Vial of Life form. The sticker also tells the paramedics where the form is kept, typically on the refrigerator. Download copies of the form and stickers from our Healthy Aging website.
Statewide Connections for Healthy Aging
We have partnered with CARA (California Alliance for Retired Americans) to expand the program throughout the state. CARA’s volunteer facilitators offer single sessions on a range of topics related to preparing for healthcare emergencies, as well as advocating for healthcare access. This year, in particular, the most popular presentation is on Preserving and Protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.