Joann Sullivan on October 30th, 2017

I attended the national Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) conference in Boston a couple of weeks ago. This is the second GIA conference I have attended and I feel honored to be a part of it. I learned about so many new and innovative projects to help older adults and learned about new initiatives and policies […]

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Joann Sullivan on October 5th, 2017

I have said before that I am continually impressed with the entrepreneurial, creative and resourceful senior service providers who see a need and figure out how to meet it. Transportation is one of those needs that has been very difficult to address. I recently met Amy Stice co-founder of Arrive Rides. Their company dispatches on-demand […]

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Joann Sullivan on September 19th, 2017

The City of Berkeley is solidly behind the building of ADUs in our city as one way to address our multi-faceted housing crisis.  Most of the new housing built in our city has been created by developers.   ADUs are a grass roots effort to increase the housing supply which will benefit Berkeley homeowners, not the […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 25th, 2017

          A few weeks ago, Kerri Moon, President of Retiring Internationally, spoke to our Realtors Resource for Seniors Committee at the Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors. Kerri is a senior placement specialist who works with seniors and their families to find the most appropriate retirement communities for them as they approach that […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 14th, 2017

Almost every week someone calls me about affordable senior housing. They are usually in a crisis situation and are going to need a new apartment right away, but do not know where to start. Sometimes people get lucky, but generally it is a long process (up to five years) to find and move into affordable […]

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Joann Sullivan on June 6th, 2017

            On January 1, new state legislation (AB 2299 and SB 1069)went into effect, making it easier for homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on their property. To assist in the rollout of the ADU regulations, newly elected city council member Ben Bartlett formed an ADU Task Force. I […]

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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 December 1st, 2016

This morning I received an email originally published in 2009 about Bay Area architect Susanne Stadler’s work, At Home with Growing Old. She is so knowledgeable and so eloquent about the residential needs of older people throughout the world. She has wonderful ideas for locating and designing senior residences that are meaningful to the community […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 21st, 2016

The California Property Tax Postponement Program (PTP) has returned for elderly, blind and disabled California homeowners. This program was suspended by the legislature in 2009 and has been reinstated in 2016. The interest rate for taxes postponed under PTP is 7% per year. Funding for the program is limited and applications will be processed on […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 7th, 2016

For several years I have been working with TTN-HOME to educate East Bay residents about the whole range of housing options for seniors. During the past two years, it has become apparent to us that shared housing is a very viable option. Albany Vice Mayor Peggy McQuaid with support from the Diverse Housing Working Group […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 5th, 2016

I have had such a wonderful response to my last post about Bridge Meadows.  Here is another inspirational article about this wonderful program.  

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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 August 27th, 2016

Yesterday my friend Mona Kreaden spoke at the national Aging and Wellness Conference in Washington D.C. about the TTN-HOME program which we have been working on here in the East Bay for many years.    She summed up our history, described many of the housing options available for seniors and talked about how others could form similar programs […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 9th, 2016

Several years ago I attended a presentation by Anabel Pelham who is Professor Emeritus of Gerontology at San Francisco State University. She talked about her work in Los Gatos to become a Global Age Friendly City. I was so excited to hear her speak about their work in the South Bay and felt that this was […]

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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 May 8th, 2016

Click here for a video about Flossie Lewis, a 91 year old resident of Piedmont Gardens in Oakland.  Ms. Lewis is a good friend of my friend Lloyd who had been telling me about her for years.  It is so great to hear her secrets of growing older.    

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Joann Sullivan on April 22nd, 2016

I just finished reading Beth Baker’s With a Little Help from our Friends. This book is great for anyone interested in and considering alternative housing options as they get older.   Like Ms. Baker says, what everyone wants to do is to age in community. That is what this book is about. She presents lots of […]

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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 December 7th, 2015

Last week I presented at the Bay Area 4th Senior Health Policy Forum on Housing Options for Seniors.  We all know that where you live has a major impact on the quality of your life.  I presented  several options that seniors might want to consider if they want to age in place.  One of the […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 4th, 2015

TTN-HOME in collaboration with Ashby Village completed its 2015 series last Saturday with a workshop on Retirement Communities and Affordable Senior Housing. Kerry Moon of Excetional Senior Placement spoke about the different types of retirement communities, how much they cost and what types of options will be available in the future. We tried really hard […]

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