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Welcome to Village Santa Cruz County (VSCC)
, a non-profit, grassroots membership organization.  We are a network of Santa Cruz city and county residents with a vision of aging as an active, empowering time of growing and learning, as important and meaningful as any other time of our life.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Our goal is a vibrant, caring community, neighbors of all ages helping each other, so we can stay in our homes and engaged in our community, through all the transitions of aging.


Fri, Feb. 14, Plateau Jazz Band: Swing Dance Happy Hour, 5:30pm - 7:30pm @ Urbani/Boccis Cellar - 140 Encinal St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Join Plateau Jazz Band for a Valentine's Day Swing Dance & Happy Hour. Non-dancers welcome too, dinner and drinks available for purchase. 

Sat, Feb. 22 & Sun, Feb. 23, PVQA Quilt Show, 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat.) & 10:00am - 4:00pm (Sun) 
@ Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds - 2601 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076. 2020 Quilt Show: "Quilts: History in the Making". Featured artist: Meri Henriques. This event includes: displays, live auction, flea market, bed turning, raffles, demonstrations, and more. Free parking and parking shuttle service. General admission for this event is $10.00

Sat, Feb 29, Caregiver University: Dealing with Dementia, 9:00am - 2:00pm @ Capitola Community Center - 4400 Jade St., Capitola, CA 93940. "Dealing with Dementia is a program to help family caregivers. Developed by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. Participants will gain increased self confidence in handling Dementia related behaviors and knowledge of Dementia". Registration is required for this event. To register please call (831) 459 - 6639 or click here. This is a FREE event!

Certified Volunteer Ombudsman Training!
Their Rights, Your Voice
Upcoming Training Starts March 26th
mbudsmen investigate and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of residents in long-term care facilities by utilizing advocacy and mediation skills to resolve problems when they occur. Ombudsmen also provide an ongoing presence in facilities to promote the highest quality of life and care. You can make a difference! Applications are being accepted now. For more information please call (831) 429-1913 or visit
For more information on what an ombudsmen does, please click here

March 21, Caregiver University: 2020 Conference, 8:30am - 3:00pm @ Monterey Tides Hotel - 2600 Sand Dunes Dr., Monterey, CA 93940. This conference will include: care journey conversations, getting through another day, and planning for tomorrow. This is a FREE event, and lunch will be provided. Spanish translation will be available. Participants must register by calling (800) 624-8304 or online at 
 For more information, please click here

There is such a thing as a free ride (for seniors to visit the MAH)! Free rides weekdays from 10:00am - 3:30pm. Call Lift Line at least one day in advance to schedule a ride for you and a companion: (831) 688-9663. Admission to the museum is $10 per person. For more information please click the button below:
Free Rides to the MAH


Photo Via: Twenty20
"How Chronic Loneliness Can Trigger Health Problems"
'A growing body of research links to serious conditions'
By: Deborah Quilter
Chronic Loneliness

Photo By: Elaine Cromie
"Photo Essay: Three States. Three Caregivers."
'Caregivers navigating complex, emotional situations to meet their needs and others'
By: Liz Seegert
Three States. Three Caregivers.

Photo By: Adobe Stock
"Identifying the Unique Challenges of Solo Agers"
'The Elder Orphan facebook support group finds that many without families lack support'
By: Carol Marak  
Solo Agers

Photo By: Joy Rikala
"How to Get In Shape for Your Bucket List Adventure"
'Advice from travelers and fitness experts to prepare'
By: Rashelle Brown
Bucket List Adventure

Illustration By: Sam Island
"A New Way to Pay for the Single Biggest Expense in Retirement"
'Older Americans increasingly opt for continuing care at home plans or join programs that foster community support'
By: Morey Stettner 
New Way to Pay

From the Area Agency on Aging for Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties: 
2016-2020 Plan on Aging
2019-20 Draft Update
AAA SC Plan Update '19-'20

~  Villages in the News ~

From VillageMovementCA's February 2020 Newsletter:
"Hotel Oakland Village, formed in 2011, is the first low-income senior village to join our our organization. With almost 400 residents in the historic Hotel Oakland, the village is focused on combatting the negative health effects of senior isolation.

In collaboration with Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Johns-Hopkins, AARP, and senior health professionals this village provides a wide range of valued medical and social services to all village members. The many programs offered and the high rates of participation have successfully reduced isolation among the Hotel Oakland Village residents. Their motto is “Participation = Good Health”. "

Take a look inside this unique village by watching their introductory video here

The Neighborhood Network village in York Maine takes pride in fixing the things members need to have repaired.  They have a resident team of five handymen on the York Housing staff who can do much of the work members require.  If they can’t do it, they can recommend local vendors to do the work.

Learn more about their services here:

Rapp at Home is a village of seniors residing in Rappahannock County in Virginia who join together to have fun, keep active, and provide that extra neighbor-to-neighbor assistance to help sustain an independent lifestyle.

~~ Northwest Neighbors Village

Stria News, an online media platform for the longevity economy, published this piece that features Village Movement California and the Village to Village Network. 


Village Santa Cruz County

1740 17th Ave.
Santa CruzCA 95062

(831) 824-2404        


Thanks to  Community Foundation logo   and Volunteer Center logo for your support!