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 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 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 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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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 January 18th, 2012

This  was a busy week for the  Women’s Housing Options  (WHO) group.  We met with Lois Leynse and Anne Lowery of Financial Fitness Center to answer the recurring question from several members of the group:  “Should I rent or buy?”  Lois and Anne provided good information which will help the group members make their decisions. […]

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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 April 8th, 2009

About a year ago my friend Judy Boe, also a Seniors Real Estate Specialist at Red Oak Realty here in Berkeley, and I read about a program in Boston that helped seniors stay in their own homes as they grew older.  The program  is called Beacon Hill Village and had been established by people who […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 17th, 2009

All of us want the best for their parents. We want them to be happy, safe and as independent as possible for as long as they can be.  Whether your parents live with you or elsewhere in the community it is very important that they are safe in their homes. One third of people 65 […]

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