Joann Sullivan on March 20th, 2017

On Saturday afternoon, I met with a group of Ashby Village members who are interested in where they will spend the next stage of their lives.   As many of you know, Ashby Village is an organization close to my heart. Many years ago, my good friend Judy Boe and I heard of a new organization […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 1st, 2016

I went to the Grantmakers in Aging Conference last week in Portland as part of my work for the East Bay Foundation on Aging. I had an absolutely wonderful time learning how people in other parts of the country and Israel are solving the problems of their aging residents. The people in the granting organizations […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 16th, 2016

            This is Affordable Housing Week in the East Bay region. The East Bay Housing Organization is sponsoring several events around the area. I know what you are thinking—Affordable housing in the East Bay? You have got to be kidding. This is the most expensive housing market in the country. […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 7th, 2016

A few months ago the American Society on Aging invited me to write an article on my favorite topic–Housing Options for Seniors.  The article appeared in a special housing issue of Aging Today which appeared in November 2015. Wanted: safe, affordable— and pragmatic—housing options for older adults By Joann Sullivan Everyone needs a place to live. Though […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 1st, 2015

Many retirees decide to downsize as they get older. Getting rid of their stuff makes them feel freer and less tied down to their stuff with more time for all of they things they want to do in retirement.   For many, it is less expensive to live in a smaller house or condo. A growing […]

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Joann Sullivan on June 15th, 2015

I have been writing and talking about Ashby Village for over seven years. From the beginning, I thought the village movement (beginning with Beacon Hill Village)  was the best idea  for helping elders stay in their own homes as they aged. It takes a village to raise a child; it takes a village to care […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 30th, 2015

At the City Council meeting last Tuesday, the council made further revisions to the ADU Ordinance and voted UNANIMOUSLY to accept the revised ordinance.  (A unanimous vote by the Berkeley City Council is a rarity.)  The ordinance now goes back to staff for further review, but should be on the council agenda for final approval in […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 12th, 2015

2015 is here. The silver tsunami continues to grow. Where are we all going to live? Lots of seniors cannot afford to stay in their homes or apartments when they retire. For many low income senior housing facilities, there is a five year waiting list. There are several things that I am working on (with […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 26th, 2014

TTN-Home had its third meeting with its revised format earlier this week with almost fifty people attending the meeting.  If you are looking for creative housing options for seniors in the East Bay, this is the place to be!  TTN-Home is sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of The Transition Network, a nationwide […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 17th, 2014

Yesterday I went to the Harborside Health Center in Oakland to learn how seniors can use cannabis to help with many of the medical problems that are common among them—chronic pain, arthritis, psoriasis, loss of appetite, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Sue Taylor, a Senior Wellness Advocate who serves on the Alameda County Commission on Aging, […]

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The Transition Network (TTN) is a national organization for women over the age of 50 who are dealing with transitions in their lives—career, life, health, housing and others. Because of the high cost of housing and the lack of affordable housing options in the Bay Area, the local chapter has implemented a new program: TTN-HOME—A […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 14th, 2013

Mark Rhoades from Rhoades Planning Group spoke yesterday at the Berkeley Association of Realtors about upcoming housing developments in downtown Berkeley.  Between 1970 and 1995, 400 new housing units were added in Berkeley; between 1997 and 2013, 2,000 new units were added.  In the next few years, another 1,000 will be added.  About one-third of […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 7th, 2013

I went to a conference on Tuesday in Cupertino—Housing, Community and Longevity:  Here Comes the Age-Wave.  This was the fifth annual conference organized by Chris Kennedy of the Institute for Age-Friendly Housing and the first held in Cupertino.  About 100-125 seniors and those who work with them were in attendance.  The mayor and entire city […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 4th, 2013

I frequently write about East Bay resources that help seniors stay in their homes as they get older.  We are fortunate to have so many services and programs here in the East Bay.  My own personal belief is that the East Bay is the best place to grow old in the country.   One program […]

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Joann Sullivan on June 15th, 2013

I have written before about the Women’s Housing Options group that I have been working with.  We have now been together for almost two years and I thought it would be a good time for an update.  Exploring housing options sounds like such a great idea, but actually making the necessary changes is very difficult.  […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 24th, 2013

Senior home sellers have been one of the hardest hit groups of the population during the past few years while our nation was experiencing a serious housing downturn.  Many of them had bought their homes as an investment for their retirements.  They were counting on profits from selling their homes to fund new homes in […]

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I have been hearing and reading a lot lately about the Burbank Senior Artists Colony.  It is a 141 unit senior housing complex for low and moderate income seniors.  Thirty percent of the units are for low income seniors whose monthly rents are $400-$800.  This one of a kind senior housing complex  looks like an […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 27th, 2012

I first heard about Senior Center Without Walls several years ago, but must admit that I did not really understand how it worked until recently.  I met Terry Englehart, Director of Senior Center Without Walls twice in one week.  First was at the United Seniors of Oakland Healthy Living Fair and second at the monthly […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 4th, 2012

My dad is a great guy and has had a really interesting life.  He was born and raised in a small West Texas town and ran away from home when he was 18 to go to the University of Texas in Austin.  After graduating from college, he went to the University of Texas Medical Branch […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 17th, 2012

A few weeks ago, I met with a man who had recently become Executive Director of a local family services agency.  He told me that when he started his job, he had been amazed to learn that there are so many resources for seniors in the East Bay. Friends and  colleagues come to me frequently, […]

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