Programs, Peer Groups, Special Interest Groups, Chapter News
August - 2014


TTN-HOME meeting          August 26                   Rosen Method Center          Berkeley
Legacy Film Festival          September 12             New People Cinema            San Francisco
Fall Mix & Mingle               September 27             Ft. Mason                             San Francisco
In This Issue
Up-Coming Events
Fun at Half Moon Bay
Member Announcements
Goings On Around the Bay
Peer & Special Interest Groups
Save The Date
Member Feature: Sheila Malkind
Rev. Myers joins the Steering Committee
Steering Committee Support Team
Your Steering Committee


A Community for Women over 50 

Exploring Housing Options


You Are Invited 


East Bay Housing Options Series focuses on "Aging in Place"


TTN-HOME's relevant in-depth monthly series continues to address issues designed to help participants identify available housing options and develop a plan to realize their own long-term housing objectives. 


About 45 people came to our July meeting.  We featured a panel with residents of a multigenerational co-housing project; a senior co-housing project, (Phoenix Commons), a Continuing Care Retirement Community and a pocket neighborhood.  Our plan this month is to have an Aging in Place panel.  The final two meetings of the series will deal with financial issues.   We plan to repeat the series of six meetings, beginning in January.


The feedback on our TTN-HOME meetings we have received is excellent, the audiences grow every month and many people are talking about what they need to do next to achieve their housing objectives.  


Besides the educational presentations and networking opportunities, the attendees also receive emails from TTN-HOME about housing vacancies, housing wanted and announcements of other housing events occurring in the Bay Area. 


The August 26th meeting -- the fourth in the series -- will focus on four women panelists who either by choice or circumstances are "aging in place" and on the community resources they can use to support them - including Ashby Village , North Oakland Village and TTN's own Caring Collaborative.


Date:  Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Time:  6-8:30 p.m.  We start our meeting promptly at 6 p.m.  

Location:  The Rosen Method Berkeley Center; 

                 825 Bancroft Way  (Bancroft and 6th St .)  

 Note:  There is a green gate with a courtyard behind it.  Walk through the gate to the open door in the back.  

Food:  Please bring your own snack and drinks

Cost:   $10.00 (Due to increased expenses we have raised the entry fee.  (No one turned away for lack of funds) 


RSVP:   Lynn Richards at lrw7732@pacbell.net

Fun Outing 
At Half Moon Bay
July 16th was a beautiful day in Half Moon Bay and a TTN group from SF, The Bay Area and the Peninsula gathered at Toque Blanche, a very unique culinary store, for an herb tasting.  We tasted exotic spices like Zhug, learned about the comforting Napa Valley Rub, and discovered that ground Sumac brought a salty taste to cooking without all the bad side effects.  Many of us left laden with spices and soup tureens and ready to return.  

By the time we left we were all ready for lunch, so we went to a lovely Italian restaurant called It's Italia.  The food was great and Nancy Hawes indulged in a Market Pizza with fresh peaches and procuitto!  After lunch there was time for window shopping at the unique stores along Main Stree.  It was a lovely day had by all.
Needed:  "Room for Rent" 
in Northern Peninsula

TTN Northern Peninsula Member Chris Reed is looking for an Unfurnished Room to Rent in the Woodside, Atherton, Portola Valley area. She is a Non-Smoker, Quiet and Considerate. Chris has lived on Old La Honda Road, Woodside, for 14 years, but her items are in storage because the owner/friend died and now the house is being put up for sale.  Needed ASAP. Contact Information: Mailing Address: 407 Old La Honda Road, Woodside, CA 94062, Cell: 301.448.9558
Goings On Around the Bay

 A National Institutes of Health funded study, investigates the effects of different breathing techniques (mindful breathing and biofeedback training) on blood pressure in women with elevated blood pressure. 
This study is for women who are otherwise healthy, over 50 years of age, who have elevated blood pressure. The study is designed for women who have been told that their blood pressure is elevated and whose physicians are considering placing them on medication.  
Based on previous research showing that breath-holding or inhibited breathing can lead to elevated blood pressure, we are investigating the effects of different breathing techniques on lowering blood pressure.  We hope the results of the study will serve to promote the use of breathing interventions as stand-alone or adjunctive therapies in the treatment of elevated blood pressure, and also for maintenance of healthy blood pressure. 
For more information or to sign up for the study contact Alexis Reeves:  Phone: 415-514-8939
Email: ReevesA@ocim.ucsf.edu
Come Sing in a New Community Choir!
Community of Voices Project
A research study led by UCSF

*  Open to persons 60 years and older who are not currently singing in a choir
*   No singing experience necessary
  Click HERE for more information.

Currently enrolling at:
 -  Aquatic Park Senior Center (890 Beach Street, San Francisco)
 -  30th Street Senior Center (225 30th St., San Francisco)
For more information or to enroll, call Rachel at 415/476-5903


The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents AfroSolo in the Gardens. This year's concert features critically acclaimed baritone Anthony Brown in A Tribute to Paul Robeson. Accompaniment will be provided by concert pianist Dr. Carl Blake. Saturday, August 2, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., San Francisco. FREE. See info on the full season of free outdoor concerts HERE


It's commonly recognized that more older women live in poverty or near-poverty than men. Here are profiles of five retirement-age women trying to deal with unexpected life events, limited incomes and challenges making ends meet.  Read more....

Peer/Special Interest Group

A special benefit of being a TTN member is getting involved in members-only peer groups. 


Participate in peer and special interest groups that range from discussions about transition issues and business networking to activities such as cultural events, gourmet dining and book clubs. There is no limit to the groups that can be created because they all originate with the members!

Here are our Current Openings:

San Francisco and Peninsula 

Our fifth San Francisco peer group was launched last month.   A Northern Peninsula group was just created.  If you would like further information about these groups or would like to join, get in touch with Nancy Ware.   


East Bay  

All queries about East Bay peer groups should go to Janet Mandelstam .  A new EB group will be launched soon. 
Walnut Creek 
The new group in this area was launched in March.  It's possible that there might be room for one or two more members. Contact Linda if you're interested. 
Sonoma County 
The latest Sonoma County peer group, based in Santa Rosa (the other one is based in Sebastopol) has room for new members.  
If you would like to learn more about any of these groups, or if you have an idea for an activity-based peer group, a pop-up group that gets together once or just for a few times, or would like to start a special interest group in your area, contact  Linda Sherwin, peer group coordinator.  Some recent suggestions include:  a dining out group in San Francisco; a group for 70+ women; a singles group; a concert/play/opera/museum-going group.  Let's hear from you!  


Queries about groups in the North Bay or the Tri-Valley region should also go to Linda Sherwin. 

September 27th

Ft. Mason Center

San Francisco 


Join TTN members and guests at our always popular FALL MIX AND MINGLE event.  Meet other members and friends, socialize, share resources and network.  Help the TTN leadership to plan for the coming year.  Free for TTN members;  $10 for non-members.  Watch for details in the next newsletter.

September 12 - 5:30
legacy film festival




The Legacy Film Festival on Aging Opening Night 


September 12 - 5:30 pm 

(following the program we will adjourn to a local restaurant)


New People Cinema
1746 Post Street, Japantown, San Francisco

Watch for Details!

TTN Bay Area Member Feature:
Sheila Malkind

After 50 years in the field of aging, first in Chicago, and now in San Francisco, 
Sheila Malkind is passionate about presenting films on aging to the SF community. In Chicago, she was the director of the Silver Images Film Festival for three years, celebrating the diversity and spirit of older adults portrayed in film. When she moved to San Francisco in 2003, she saw a need for the public to learn more about aging issues, and for older adults themselves to find positive images of older people in pursuit of meaningful activities. 


She formed a distribution/rental business, Legacy Film Series to show high-quality, little-known film stories portraying the challenges and triumphs of later life at libraries, senior centers, and other facilities.


In 2011, Malkind, with a small board of directors began producing the Legacy Film Festival on Aging, and are now gearing up for the 4th Annual, September 12-14, at the New People Cinema, at 1746 Post St, in Japan Town. 


The LFFOA mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire intergenerational audiences through film about the issues surrounding aging. The films are both documentaries and fictional features from Israel, Uruguay, UK, as well as those closer to home -- and including Bay Area filmmakers' films. 


This year, there will be films about female fly fishers; 70+-year-old Dutch male hockey players; Uruguayan tango-dancing older couples talking about love and betrayal; Fabulous Fashionistas from the UK; and moving stories on caregiving.  A TTN outing followed by dinner is planned for the opening night.  (See Save The Date Above)


 Malkind sees her work as her passion, based on her experiences working and socializing with older people. She wishes to show the images of older adults in a more realistic way than is now represented in the media: dynamic images of people with experience who wish to learn new concepts, and who have much to contribute to society, through work, volunteerism, socializing, and just simple enjoyment in life.  Now that she is turning 76, she is even more aware of some of the issues that older people encounter: how to consistently find and make meaning in one's life as the body and the mind undergo changes that we know will happen, but yet are unexpected.


Sheila is an active member of the Bay Area TTN Chapter and has led some TTN programs in the past.  For further information about the Legacy Film Festival, click HERE.

Rev. Charlotte Myers
Joins Steering Committee


Rev. Charlotte W. Myers,

Coordinator of Personal Development of American Baptist Women of the West, has recently joined the SF-Bay Area Steering Committee.  

 Charlotte is a new member of TTN.  She came to the Steering Committee 6 months ago and has been a regular attendee at SC meetings. 


Charlotte is a woman of many talents having been very active in African American issues, teaching African American studies at a private school in Massachusetts as well as helping to write the curriculum for "Eyes On The Prize."  She is a published writer and has great experience in technology.  


TTN is very fortunate to have her energy and expertise, and we welcome her to the Steering Committee.

Steering Committee Support Team
Would you like to help now and then but don't want to make an on-going commitment?  Then, sign on to our SCST group. If we get short handed for an event or need advice, back-up, or program support, we may give you a call. If you can't do it this time, no problem, maybe the next. No commitments. Just pure fun and satisfaction that you are helping to keep a great organization going. Contact Luanne Mullin and say, sign me up !
Chapter Steering Committee  

       Steering Committee 

Luanne Mullin

Chair of The Bay Area Chapter



Barbara Aspelin  

Finance Coordinator   



Nancy Hawes



Dianne McCutcheon  

Publicity  Coordinator



Charlotte Myers



Linda Sherwin

Membership & Peer Group Coordinator



Other Lead Chapter Roles  


Peer Group Facilitators
Janet Mandelstam  

Judith Ottoson

Eve Poling 

Nancy Ware

 Marj Wolf    

Pop-Up Events
Barbara Aspelin

      East Bay Caring Collaborative     

   Toby Stewart



San Francisco Caring Collaborative 

Marilyn Straka  




Senior Women's Housing Options


Arlene Reiff



 Christine Olsen



Joann Sullivan



Lynn Richards



Melissa Hayes


Mona Kreaden



Newsletter Editor   

  Nancy Ware   



Assistant Editors  

  Dianne McCutcheon

Arlene Reiff

Linda Sherwin


Co-Founders of SF Bay Area Chapter

Janet Mandelstam

Arlene Reiff  


 We encourage you to get in touch with any of us if you want to discuss getting involved in our chapter leadership, or have any questions.

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We continue to add new peer groups and are expanding in the Bay Area.  We know each group is unique and doing many wonderful and exciting things and having interesting discussions.  Ask one member of your group to write up an article of something you might like to share and send it to editorNancy Ware.   Pictures are also welcomed.
Nancy W. Ware
SF Bay Area Chapter Newsletter Editor
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