AARP California offering a paid internship in Sacramento

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AARP California is looking for a livable communities intern to work in our downtown Sacramento office (with a lovely view of the State Capitol, we might add). Fair warning: You will not hone your coffee-making skills at AARP. Instead, we really work to provide our interns with valuable learning experiences, so this internship is highly customizable. The position will assist our Associate State Director, Community with executing our Livable Communities (LC) Strategy and agenda, which includes: Building an awareness of …

United in Community: Bridging the Gap Across Generations

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Written by Anita Creamer In San Diego, in a unique approach to bridging the gap between young and old, 10 older adults live on campus at San Pasqual Academy as unofficial grandparents, helping mentor the 100-plus foster youth who live there. In Los Angeles, a nonprofit group called EngAGE provides intergenerational programs and lifelong learning classes for older adults who live in affordable housing in four Southern California counties (2). In San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley, the 214 older adults …

Opening Doors to Healthy Housing

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Written By Anita Creamer A house is not just a home: Affordable housing also represents health and wellbeing, especially for the vast majority of older adults who want to remain in the houses and communities they’ve loved for decades. But when costs in California’s increasingly pricey housing markets become too steep, older adults can find themselves trying to stretch fixed incomes to cover food, medical care and prescriptions as well as housing. In a real way, housing can make residents …

Navigating the Transportation Transition

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Written by Anita Creamer Even amid the California sprawl, an age-friendly community embraces the importance of transportation in maintaining quality of life for people of all ages including older adults, who may have restricted driver’s licenses or may simply not be comfortable behind the wheel any longer. After all, a driver’s license means independence to American adults. It means easy access to services and activities. More than that, it means maintaining rich connections with others. “And losing your driving ability …

La Planificación Creativa, Conduce a Calles Más Seguras, Más Acogedoras

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Por Anita Creamer Aún en California, donde el coche durante mucho tiempo ha sido considerado como rey, el paisaje de habitabilidad y comunidades amigables con las personas mayores debería ser amigable, seguro y acogedor para las personas de todas las edades. Después de todo, el tipo de aceras, calles y espacios al aire libre que fácilmente acomodan a padres jóvenes con cochecitos también funcionan bien para los ciclistas, los abuelos que utilizan andadores y para las personas en sillas de …

Creative Planning Leads to Safer, More Inviting Streets

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Written by Anita Creamer Even in California, where the car has long been considered king, the streetscape of livable and age-friendly communities should be friendly, safe and inviting to people of all ages. After all, the kinds of sidewalks, streets and outdoor spaces that easily accommodate young parents with strollers also work well for bicyclists, grandparents pushing walkers and people using wheelchairs.Across the state, efforts are underway to make safe, accessible streets and sidewalks a reality. And for good reason: …

Los Angeles Invests Over $1 Billion to Fix Sidewalks

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Guest Blog by Jessica Meaney, Managing Director of Investing in Place After several years of litigation the City of Los Angeles agreed to fix the city’s broken sidewalks and ensure accessibility and safety for all. This legal agreement represents the largest disability payout in the country. The settlement calls for a citywide sidewalk repair plan and spending over $1 billion in funds to fix and improve sidewalks throughout the city (see LA Times and Legal Aid Society coverage and analysis). …

AARP Presents Donations for Earthquake Recovery

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AARP donated $35,000 to assist with efforts to rebuild following the American Canyon earthquake in August. California Executive Council member Larry Saxxon presented a contribution of $25,000 to Director Terence P. Mulligan with Napa Valley Community Foundation and $10,000 to Executive Director Elizabeth Hoffman with Rebuilding Together Solano County. The funds are being dedicated to long-term recovery assistance after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Sonoma and Solano counties in Northern California on Sunday, August 24 – the largest earthquake to …

Congratulations Patricia Pérez: New State President

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It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of Patricia Pérez as California’s new State President and leader of our Executive Council. This position is the top volunteer role in California. Patricia will guide our team of leadership volunteers to shape and execute our organization’s statewide priorities. The appointment was made by Carlos Brandenburg, AARP’s West Region Volunteer Director. Patricia has served as a member of the California Executive Council since May 2013. Well known and respected in the …

Can You Help Caregivers on August 14th?

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Millions of Californians are adding a job skill to their “life résumé” – that of family caregiver. Often they are assisting their loved ones so they can stay at home, but AARP surveys say that they often don’t know where to turn for help. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, but are often unaware of the critical resources and support available to them and how to cope with the challenges that come with being a caregiver. That is why …