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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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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.




~ FEATURED EVENTS ~

NextStage Productions 2019 Class Enrollment is now OPEN!
*** See what’s being offered  at https://www.nextstagesantacruz.org/ ****




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Book Alert!

Katy Butler is a professional science writer and author of the widely admired “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” a critique of our broken medical system told through case histories and an account of her father’s traumatic last years. 

 Butler will speak at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Wednesday, March 27 @ 7PM to discuss her latest book “The Art of Dying Well,”  an outline for a healthy and fulfilling way to meet the end of life.  See http://goodtimes.sc/santa-cruz-arts-entertainment/literature/katy-butler-dying-well/

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Want to eat fresh, organic and local produce?   

The UCSC Farm’s 2019 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is planned to run for 21 weeks, from June 4 through October 22. The produce is picked up at the farm each Tuesday.

A share for the full season is $540. But there’s an early bird discount of 5% for signups made by May 1.  A full share is a lot of produce to prepare and costly for one person.  Reduce the cost and abundance by splitting a share with another village member.

Also explore the farm’s website because CASFS offers limited-income shares.  See http://casfs.ucsc.edu/community/produce-sales/csa.html.

The Homeless Garden Project which also has a CSA program.  Check out these two excellent programs and support sustainable agriculture in our community.  Cheers!




~  NEWS/ARTICLES  ~


Losing keys, misplacing a wallet, or forgetting someone’s name are common experiences.  Most of these memory lapses are normal—and have more to do with the increasing amounts of information being thrown our way than with any real cognitive decline.  But for people of a certain age, memory lapses can be frightening.

Here are some guidelines from the American Psychological Association and a short video from AARP.  The AARP website also has a brain health section with tools, information and activities that is free for members.



A medical alert system can a valuable investment for any senior. Having a medical alert system means that help is available at the touch of a button in the event of an emergency, giving seniors and their loved ones reassurance and peace of mind. But how do you know which one is best?

Here are two resources shared by some of our sister villages.   If you're in the market for a medical alert system, read the background information and guides, then read the product reviews.


Tech-enhanced Life  Click here for link to guide and product reviews  
The Senior List  Click here for guide - And here for 2018 Best Medical Alert Systems
 




Physical activity is an important part of healthy aging. To help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life, the National Institute on Aging created the Go4Life campaign. Go4Life offers free, evidence-based resources for older adults in one convenient place.

See https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity
and https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/




~  Villages in the News ~


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


Independent aging in Fairbanks, Alaska
~  Aging at Home Fairbanks

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Village Santa Cruz County

1740 17th Ave.
Santa CruzCA 95062

(831) 824-2404                 
info@villagesantacruz.org


                      


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