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 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 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 May 6th, 2013

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are self-contained smaller residential units built on the property of a single family home.  They may be attached (an above the garage unit or a basement unit) or detached  (granny flat, carriage flat, backyard cottage). ADUs enable communities to grow internally rather than externally, providing additional housing without consuming additional green […]

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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 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 May 6th, 2012

Creative housing options for seniors are in the news.  I read yesterday about two women in Saratoga Springs, New York who sold their homes in a nearby town and bought one together They had known each other for thirty years in a Birthday Group which got together several times a year to celebrate milestones.  They […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 20th, 2012

For the last couple of years I have been trying to lose weight.  I have lost about 30 pounds slowly and consistently (usually).  I still have fifteen pounds to go.   One of the tools that has been the most useful is a daily e-newsletter called Calorie Count.  It has many of the same features […]

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Joann Sullivan on February 17th, 2012

Back in the 80’s and 90’s I worked at Children’s Hospital Oakland.  My friends and I frequently went out to lunch and our best source for good restaurants was our colleague, Lucille Poskanzer, the counselor in the Medical Genetics Department.  She loved going out to eat and did so weekly.  She knew more about local […]

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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: http://www.skillednursingfacilities.org/vs-assisted-living/

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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 May 20th, 2011

I have been working with my client James (not his real name) since last fall.  His wife had passed away in late summer and he felt that he did not want to stay in his big house up on the hill any longer.  He was lonely, there was too much maintenance associated with the big […]

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