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Learn how to use herbs & spices to eliminate salt and sugar from your diet. Presenter: Marina Lazzara, a local poet, health educator, California native plant gardener and kitchen herbalist. She has studied plants in the woods of Southern Oregon, with witches in the East Bay, and professors in City College of San Francisco’s Horticulture program as well as Strybing Botanical Gardens. She works with On Lok Senior Services, Community Living Campaign and tends to many residential gardens throughout San Francisco.

WHEN: Saturday,Feb. 23, 10-12 noon.
WHERE: 1125 Fillmore St. at Turk, Northern Police Station Community Room (no parking in police lot). MUNI #5, 22, 31. 38 (4 block walk).
Wheelchair accessible.



Help make older women’s voices heard in these challenging times!

Political Advocacy agenda.  OWL projects: Social Security & Medicare, environment, ageism, housing, women’s health. Thought-provoking membership meetings, newsletter & website,  Social activities for new and old friends.

Bring a brown bag lunch!

WHERE: 1125 Fillmore St. at Turk, Community Rm, No. Police station (no parking in police lot)
WHEN:  Saturday, Jan. 26 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

MUNI #5, 22, 31 & 38 (4 block walk)
Wheelchair accessible



Are you ready to learn new skills, train, and go back to work?
SCSEP is a federally funded job-readiness program that helps older adults transition
from on-the-job-training back into the work force.

Eligibility requirements are:
1. 55 years or older
2. Resident of San Francisco
3. Currently unemployed
4. Low Income
Contact Amy Yu, Program Director:,   or call 415/345-1002.





In collaboration with researchers at UCSF’s Aging, Metabolism and Emotions Center, directed by Drs. Elissa Epel & Aric Prather, the Brain Health Registry is working to better understand the daily and psychological experience of caregivers
Caregivers care for people with different disabilities, injuries, and illnesses – brain disease, heart disease, autism, and other conditions.  Many are caregivers for someone who needs extra help due to age.
Caregivers have a difficult task before them: How do they provide the best care for their loved one AND take care of their own health and wellness? While the answer is complex, research shows that one of the most important things caregivers can do is to take care of themselves.


The FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) is partnering with the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health to initiate a Diverse Women in Clinical Trials Campaign (DWCT).  The campaign’s goal is to raise the awareness of the importance for women of different ages, races, ethnic backgrounds, and health conditions to participate in clinical trials.

The following websites offer excellent information:


The Alliance for Retired Americans is pleased to launch Click on the link to read the personal stories of what Medicare has meant to several Alliance members personally since its inception, and how much it has changed their lives. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary year, we will add new features and details about Alliance events to mark the occasion and ways you can help remind policymakers to protect this essential, earned benefit. (Click RESOURCES above).


Walk San Francisco’s Report on Walking measures how San Francisco is meeting the goals, as laid out in the Mayor’s 2013 Pedestrian Strategy, to make walking safer and more enjoyable.

Unfortunately, seniors are disproportionately impacted by pedestrian fatalities. While seniors make up 17.5% of San Francisco’s population, seniors accounted for 47% of the pedestrian fatalities in 2014. As our older population ages in place, the City must make sure our streets are safe.  Here is a link to keep informed of what Walk San Francisco is doing


The growing Alzheimer’s crisis is threatening to bankrupt America.  To be an advocate and find out more: Alzheimer’s Association website

Tell Congress to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research this year!  Click  Resources above.