OWL-SF Meeting (in person) June 22: CRUCIAL INFORMATION ABOUT DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Saturday, June 22, 11 AM to 12:30 PM
—  
IN PERSON  

Latino/Hispanic Room, SF Main Library
100 Larkin Street, Civic Center, San Francisco

Speaker: Stefani Bonigut is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and also has a master’s degree in psychology. She has worked as a family care specialist and educator for the Alzheimer’s Association of California and Northern Nevada for the last 11 years.
 
Besides an overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, her presentation will include:

·     Risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
·     Risk reduction
·     Living with dementia, its challenges and rewards

Q and A period to follow
 
For more information, contact OWL-SF at:

(415) 712-1695, OR info@owlsf.org

OWL-SF Meeting May 25: LEARN ABOUT COMMUNITY LIVING CAMPAIGN

COMMUNITY LIVING CAMPAIGN
 
Providing crucial services to elders and people with disabilities

OWL-SF takes a look at the abundant resources
and services available through CLC

Zoom meeting
Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Marie Jobling, Co-Executive Director of the Community Living Campaign, will talk to OWL-SF members about how CLC helps seniors and people with disabilities age in place and thrive at home and in their communities, with services such as:

  • Community Connector program: building networks of neighbors and friends to combat isolation, promote health, increase activity and HAVE FUN—through events, phone calls, workshops, walking groups and more.
  • Computer Training & Access program: free computer classes, tech support, workshops and referrals.
  • SF Reserve: matching older adults and people with disabilities with paid part-time work at local nonprofits and small businesses in San Francisco.
  • The Senior Beat: online journalism to amplify the voices of San Francisco’s older adults. 
  • Information and referrals for crucial resources and services: emergency preparedness, food, elder abuse prevention, awareness and action for social justice, transportation options, healthy aging workshops and resources for those vision and hearing challenges.
Zoom link to follow
For more information, contact OWL-SF at:
(415) 712-1695, OR info@owlsf.org

Visit OWL-SF May 4 at Community Living Campaign’s NEVER BETTER ELDERS

JOIN OWL-SF at NEVER BETTER ELDERS

NEVER BETTER ELDERS

COME OUT TO SUPPORT OWL AND OTHER
AGENCIES SERVING OLDER WOMEN

Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 1 to 4 PM
St. Anne’s of the Sunset

850 Judah St, between 14th and Funston
San Francisco

   Community Living Campaign is bringing together agencies, resources,
services and more for an afternoon of education, social connection, entertainment, and fun!

Keep Learning and Get Hands on Help:

  • Sign up for low cost and free taxi rides with the ETC card!
  • Get hands on tech help!
  • Learn about brain health with UCSF!
  • Prepare for emergencies!
  • Exercise Demos and much more!

Live Music: Community Living Campaign Writers, The Miraloma Ukulele Strummers, SF Youth Circus, Groovetime with MeloB n’ Jen

Participating Agencies: Older Women’s League, Institute on Aging, UCSF, Bay Area Cancer Institute, SF Paratransit, Shanti LAASN Project, Home Match and many other resources and connections.

Location specifics:

Enter on Funston St. side of Moriarty Hall. 
Free Parking at St. Anne’s on Funston St.
MUNI: N Judah, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight, 44 O’Shaughnessy, 43 Masonic

RALLY APRIL 9 TO SAVE THE PEOPLES’ NURSING HOME

     JOIN THE GREY PANTHERS FOR A RALLY TO

     SAVE THE PEOPLES’ NURSING HOME

Tuesday, April 9, 2:30-4 pm

Polk Street Steps of City Hall

(Prior to Laguna Honda Joint Conference Committee Meeting, 4 p.m. at San Francisco Health Commission/SFDPH on Grove and Polk)

Bring signs! We can walk over to the LHH JCC Meeting at 4!

Laguna Honda has been closed to new admissions for 2 years!

How many more months will San Franciscans who need a nursing home bed have to wait?

San Franciscans need this 780 bed safety net long term care facility to resume full operation. Over 40 people at Laguna Honda have been waiting for safe discharge for monthswhere are the services to accommodate them?

Why is no new system of oversight being proposed (over and above SFDPH and the Health Commission) to prevent profound mismanagement of our public nursing home from continuing?

                                  Click HERE for more information.

OWL-SF Meeting April 27: WOMEN HELPING WOMEN

Women Helping Women
In Ways That Really Make a DifferenceThis will be an in-person meeting!

Saturday,  April 27, 2024, 11AM to 12:30 PM
Richmond Branch Public Library
351 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

See below for location specifics

Most of us know very little about human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  OWL’s April program sheds some light on the women caught up in its dangerous web, the help available for a way out, and recovery.  Learn about important nonprofit resources and services available, founded by women to help women in San Francisco.
 
Speaker: Toni Eby—CEO of SF SafeHouse for unhoused women experiencing sexual exploitation—will help us understand the complex struggles of women dealing with these issues, and what we can do to support our sisters on the streets. Among issues she will cover:

  • How sex trafficking, trauma and drugs are intertwined
  • Prevention and support for women at risk
  • Resources for help and recovery

SF SafeHouse, founded by OWL Past President Glenda Hope, operates a residential transitional housing program, as well as the Hope Center, a non-residential outreach center in the Tenderloin. SafeHouse is currently negotiating to acquire a building for permanent supportive housing, making more lifesaving services available to  women.

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LOCATION SPECIFICS

The Richmond branch of San Francisco Public Library, 351 9th Avenue, is half a block north of Geary Boulevard. The Local 38 MUNI line will take you to 9th and Geary, the Rapid does not stop at 9th, but will take you to either 6th Avenue or Park Presidio–sixth being the closest. The 44 line also stops at 6th and Geary. Street parking is reasonably easy within a two block radius.

All branches of SFPL are wheelchair accessible.

The community meeting room is on the ground floor. If you enter through the 9th Avenue doors, the room is downstairs. If you enter through the 10th Avenue doors, as you do so, the room is to your right.

 

OWL-SF Meeting March 23, 2024: STRENGTHEN & STRETCH

IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE,
STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY

Saturday, March 23, 11 AM to 12:15
Zoom video and call-in meeting

  • Gentle exercises done sitting or standing
  • Exercises and stretches for daily and at home use
  • No special equipment or abilities needed
  • Fun and easy to do

Coach Kyra returns to OWL to help our members increase balance, build strength, and improve flexibility for mobility and safety at home and out of doors.

For more information:
Call (415) 712-1695, or email
 info@owlsf.org

OWL-SF Info Alert: CARA Event to Repeal Unjust Utility Tax

A fixed-rate utility tax protects utility profits,
not California consumers.

This unjust tax will hurt seniors. OWLs can learn more about this tax and how to repeal it by attending CARA’s Feb. 23 Forum

CARA’s Fabulous Friday Forum

Click HERE to read California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) article about the history and current status of the utility tax.

Click HERE to register to attend the event.

OWL-SF Meeting February 24: WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE

Women and Heart Disease
Zoom meeting
Saturday, February 24, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • Common myths about heart disease
  • Risks and Prevention of heart disease
  • How to tell if you’re having a heart attack
  • What to do if you think you are having a heart attack

Speaker:

Arete Nicholas, R.N. returns to OWL by popular demand after her informative and popular talk on Stroke in October, 2023. Ms Nicholas is a registered nurse with over 25 years of experience in clinical care management, consulting, health education and staff training in both long term care and acute care settings with a specialty in geriatric care management.               

Zoom link to follow
For more information:
Call (415) 712-1695, or email info@owlsf.org

SF Public Library Free Will Writing

 

 

 

Ready to turn the page? Begin with peace of mind.

 

2024 promises new beginnings and cherished continuations at Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. With the turn of the page to this new year, we’re reminded of the importance of preserving the narratives that mean the most to us. Crafting your estate plan is a profound way to protect your personal story for future generations.

In partnership with FreeWill, we’re delighted to offer you a straightforward way to create a will, at no cost to you. This accessible online tool guides you in communicating your wishes, safeguarding your loved ones, and bringing you peace of mind as you write the future chapters of your life.

CLICK HERE TO WRITE YOUR STORY

We encourage you to turn the page and articulate your legacy. Your life’s story is unique, and having a will ensures that your personal script is followed, chapter by chapter, line by line. Thank you for being an essential part of our book-loving community!

Warm wishes for a year of joyful storytelling! And if you’ve already crafted your will and included a chapter on Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, please let us know so we can thank you!

OWL-SF Meeting (in person) January 27: PREPARE FOR MARCH ELECTIONS

Be Ready to vote on important local matters a
t the Upcoming Presidential Primary Election in March!

In person meeting!

When: Saturday, January 27, 11 AM to 1 PM
Where: SF Main Library, Hispanic Room (lower level)
100 Larkin St., Civic Center, San Francisco CA

“For and Against” Speakers on
Selected S.F. Ballot Measures:

 

Measure BPolice Officer Staffing Levels and Amending Tax Funding (Charter Amendment)

Measure E: Police Department Policies and Procedures (Ordinance)

Measure F: Illegal Substance Dependence Screening and Treatment for Recipients of City Public Assistance (Ordinance)

Coffee and Refreshments!

The Public and Guests Welcome!

For more information:
Call: 415-712-1695, or email: info@owlsf.org

SF League of Women Voters Online Event: SAN FRANCISCO REPARATIONS IN CONVERSATION

OWL-SF is proud to announce the upcoming free, online event hosted by the San Francisco League of Women Voters on January 10 at 6 p.m.: 

                  San Francisco Reparations in Conversation

Want to know what’s next in the plan for reparations in San Francisco? Come to the free online event, Reparations in conversation, to hear from African American Reparations Advisory Committee Chair Eric McDonnell about the plan to support thriving Black communities across the city. The committee has made recommendations for addressing the discrimination that Black residents have historically faced and continue to experience.

 

The event is hosted by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco with partners including the SF African American Chamber of Commerce; the SF Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; GLIDE; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, SF Branch; and the National Council of Negro Women, Northern California Region.

 

Suggested Message to U.S. House Reps Re: H.R. 82

I am writing to ask for your help in cosponsoring H.R. 82 (Graves-LA and Spanberger-VA) since you were one of the cosponsors of this bill in the 117th Congress. This bipartisan bill will repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), penalties that financially harm millions of retirees across our nation.
 
The WEP and GPO cut or eliminate Social Security benefits that retirees have paid for. The WEP cuts the earned benefits of public service workers that they paid for during their time working in the private sector. The GPO eliminates the Social Security survivor benefit, even for those with a modest pension. Retired educators can be forced into poverty when their spouse dies, even though their survivor benefit had been paid for by their spouse.
 
Now is the time to take action to repeal these two unjust penalties. The nation has been seeing an exodus of teachers who are either leaving the profession or retiring earlier than planned. The repeal of these two offsets is an important step to help to turn the tide in favor of teachers remaining in the classroom.
 
Please cosponsor the bipartisan bill H.R. 82 (Graves – LA and Spanberger – VA) and move this issue to the forefront.

OWL ANNOUNCEMENT: WE NEED YOUR 2023 NOMINATIONS FOR OWL BOARD MEMBERS

OWL ANNOUNCEMENT :

IT’S TIME TO NOMINATE BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2023

Serving on the OWL Board is a great way to meet new people and get involved with meaningful activities. We urge you to contribute to OWL’s future by nominating candidates to serve on the OWL Board.

RESPONSIBILITIES FOR INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBERS:

  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or via Zoom.
  • Identify important issues for OWL ALERTS for one month of each year.
  • Propose topics for monthly membership meeting.
  • Help organize at least one meeting of your choice.
  • Contribute ideas and (if willing) write articles to the OWL Newsletter.

NOMINATING CANDIDATES FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP:

  • Ask prospective candidates if they are willing to be nominated. New OWL members or anyone interest in OWL’s mission can be nominated
  • Email your nominee to Betty Traynor: btraynor@att.net.  Nominees can be submitted by calling OWL and leaving a message at  (415) 712-1695, or by emailing OWL at info@owlsf.org
  • Please note that members are welcome to nominate themselves

DEADLINE for Nominations is the January Planning meeting on January 28, 2023. Nominations from the floor can be made at that time.

The list of nominees with brief bios will be sent by email or mailed to members who are not online.

ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS will be held at the beginning of the February 25 Membership Meeting. Up to 8 people may be elected.

LEGACY FILM FESTIVAL ON AGING 2023

Sheila Malkind, the Founder & Director, as well as her Board of Directors and reviewers, selected 40 long and short films, almost entirely documentaries–some whimsical, others serious—covering diverse themes on Friendship, Vitality, Later Life, Love, Creativity, Caregiving, and, inevitably, Death—and more.

Also included in the upcoming festival, are recorded interviews with several of the filmmakers–their chosen subjects, their challenges, and the messages their films impart. Director Norman Jewison explains his film adaptation of Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen, while Director Barbara Schock talks about her 2000 Academy Award as Director for Best Short Film (Live Action), My Mother Dreams The Satan’s Disciples in New York.

CLICK HERE FOR TIME AND PRICE DETAILS

The Legacy Film Festival on Aging celebrates the aging process as profound and meaningful, often challenging, and always courageous. Malkind: “Our films portray some of the many facets of this unique, ever-changing experience, honestly and artfully, and always with compassion and love for the subjects.”

Sheila Malkind, MA, MPH,

LEGACY FILM FESTIVAL ON AGING

(415) 515-2708

info@legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org

legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org

JANUARY 22: OWLSF ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING

Join OWL-SF for our

2022 Planning Meeting

The Future of OWL-SF
Saturday, January 22nd
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Call (415) 712-1695 or email info@owlsf.org for Zoom info

We need people to step up and help lead us into the future,
to keep our mission relevant,
and continue to make our organization one that uniquely serves
midlife and older women.

*Join us to plan for 2022 and beyond
*Share your thinking and commitment to our work
for midlife and older women

VIRTUAL Legacy Film Festival on Aging MAY 24-31 2021

The 10th Legacy Film Festival on Aging, May 24-31, 2021 – the only international screen event exploring life in the world of new aging – will take viewers from Australia to Sweden, from Hungary to Cuba and across the US with over 25 feature-length and short indie films. The festival will screen online, reaching audiences across the nation and the globe.

See legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org for details.

CARA Presents: FABULOUS FRIDAY FORUMS at NOON

February 5th February 19th March 5th

CARA is planning a series of FORUMS on Fridays, beginning on Feb. 5th at NOON PST to engage our members and friends on the key issues we will be working on over the next year. Some of these FORUMS will be policy focused, some more performance oriented, and some skills-building. All of these forums will be held at NOON PST and will be held via ZOOM and Teleconference. All events will have an organizing focus and share opportunities to TAKE ACTION. And each one will have some element of fun and surprise.

You must register in advance for these events. You can register for one, two, or all of them. You will be sent a link for the Forum upon registration. We are proud to announce the first 3 Fabulous Forums. Register here https://californiaalliance.org/3473-2/

Evolve & OWL Support PROP 15

OWL SF can join Evolve on August 20th at 5 pm to phone bank for Prop.15 – Schools and Communities First.
The phone bank on August 20th is going to be from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. We will send out the Zoom link that day so be ready to click that link at 5 pm. Volunteers will first be trained and then they will start calling voters in the Bay Area.

You will need your phone, computer, and access to a Chrome browser for this phonebank. Along with that, you can quickly share your story about why you support Prop. 15 using this link https://www.evolve-ca.org/share-your-story.