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 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 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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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 August 29th, 2013

A few weeks ago I met with Audrey Young, a fiduciary who is founder and president of Family Concierge in Montclair.  She helps seniors and their families with the financial and personal needs that arise at the end of life.  I learned so much that day and asked Ms. Young to prepare an article for […]

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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 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 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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Joann Sullivan on February 1st, 2012

Frequently people ask me about the differences between Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facilities.  One of my readers sent this link which is a great summary of the differences between the two types of care:

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Joann Sullivan on January 7th, 2012

If you have been trying to figure out how Ashby Village works, perhaps this video can help.  Last week Channel 5 featured Ashby Village in a news report.  I really liked the piece because it showed how Ashby Village works–from the perspective of a member receiving services in her home, a volunteer helping a member […]

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Joann Sullivan on December 30th, 2011

This has been a very rocky year for adult day programs in Alameda County.  From April through November,  it looked like all of the programs would be shut down.  These programs funded by Medi-Cal provide medical care, socialization and respite for family caregivers.  The statewide program costs $169 million per year and serves 35,000 seniors. […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 6th, 2011

Last month the AARP Bulletin had an article about new housing options for seniors.  For many readers around the country, these options will seem very innovative.   Here in the Bay Area, we are fortunate to have been on the forefront of creative senior housing innovations for years. Berkeley Town House at 2550 Dana Street was […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 4th, 2011

Last week the Albany Fire Chief Mark McGinn spoke at our monthly membership luncheon at the Berkeley Association of Realtors.  He is a fire chief who is more interested in fire prevention than fire fighting.  His concern is that 95 percent of homes in America have ionization smoke detectors which will not detect a smoldering […]

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Joann Sullivan on February 7th, 2011

The State Senate and Assembly Budget sub-committees are expected to vote on the Governor’s proposal to eliminate Adult Day Health Care benefits on February 10, 2011.  Budget Conference committees and both houses of the legislature are expected to approve a final budget by the end of February or early March. ADHCs and friends of ADHC […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 27th, 2010

Each August the Realtor’s Resource for Seniors committee is responsible for the program at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Berkeley Association of Realtors.  The Realtor’s Resource for Seniors is the committee that Judy Boe and I started about two years ago to educate ourselves and other realtors about the special needs of senior home […]

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Joann Sullivan on June 21st, 2010

I have been working very hard for the past several months getting ready for the launching of Ashby Village. It will be open for business in less than a month although we will not have the official opening celebration until the fall. My job, along with Judy Boe and Taree Klausner,  is to put together […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 4th, 2010

For the past several months, I have been writing about resources for seniors and their families in the East Bay.  Most of the articles have focused on programs that help seniors age in place.  Almost all seniors want to remain in their own homes, but some are not able to for a variety of reasons. […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 21st, 2009

I had been thinking about the next blog article that I want to write when I came across the article below in this month’s issue of The Gilbert Guide by  Dennis Fortier.  I feel like I know a lot about Alzheimer’s , but as Dennis states, there are things that all of us can learn […]

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Joann Sullivan on October 11th, 2009

A few weeks ago, my friends Judy Boe and Shirley Haberfeld  and I had lunch with Jill Gilbert.  We wanted to tell Jill all about Ashby Village and she wanted to tell us about Gilbert Guide’s new endeavor-The Daily Wrinkle.  In addition to the Monthly Gilbert Guide and Weekly Insider e-newsletters, there is now a […]

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Joann Sullivan on September 18th, 2009

The second Ashby Village Community Meeting will be held next Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Lifelong Medical Care, 2031 6th Street in Berkeley.  Lifelong is one block south of University Avenue and the entrance is on Addison Street.  This is a very good opportunity to find out about this valuable program which will […]

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