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.
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 ~
Thurs, Oct. 17 & Thurs, Oct. 24, Living with Alzheimer's: For Late-Stage Caregivers, 10:00am - 12:00pm @ Alzheimer's Association, Santa Cruz Office - 550 Water St. STE L2, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. This 2-part series is open to care partners of individuals in the mid to late stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. In the late stages of Alzheimer's disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Join us for this 2-part series and hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care, and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer's and their families. This is a FREE event, but registration is requested. To register call the Alzheimer's Association at: (800) 272-3900 or click the button here: Alzheimer's Association
Sat, Oct. 19, Mayan Art and Hand Woven Textiles, 11:00am - 4:00pm @ Pacific Cultural Center Studio - 1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062. For sale will be paintings by the teachers and students of Creando Mi Futuro, unique clothing made from up-cycled traditional Guatemalan fabrics, bags & jewelry, and textiles for your home. All proceeds from this event will go to Creando Mi Futuro, Art, Nutrition, Education Project, which serves families in San Pedro La Laguna. Help these students make a better life for themselves in their home country, instead of having to emigrate for more opportunities.
Wed, Oct. 23, Senior Class Reunion at the MAH, 1:00pm - 4:00pm @ Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History - 705 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Were you born between 1915 and 1965? This is a FREE party for you! Santa Cruz is home to amazing older adults who create so much good and joy in our community and beyond. In honor of all the kindness, creativity, and caring our seniors have expressed throughout their lives the MAH is hosting a party, but not just any party, it's your Senior Class Reunion. Adult caregivers also welcome (age 18+). To reserve a ride to the party, call Lift Line at least one day in advance at (831) 688-9663.
Please RSVP by 10/16 to: Jeff@SantaCruzMAH.org, call Jeff at (831) 429-1964 X 7043, or register online here: Senior Class Reunion
April 5 - Jan. 20, 2020, MAH Exhibit: "We're Still Here" @ Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History - 705 Front Street, Downtown Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Find more information on this exhibit, please click here: We're Still 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
~ NEWS/ARTICLES ~
Picture by T.J. Kirkpatrick for the New York Times
Seniors need transportation alternatives more than ever, but many are intimidated by ride-hailing apps. Read more here:
Older People Need Rides
Enjoy a short yet insightful video on The Future of Aging produced by RetroReport an investigative journalism group that publishes short-form documentaries. The story earned a 2019 News & Documentary Emmy nomination.
Many seniors take multiple drugs, which can lead to side effects like confusion, lightheadedness, difficulty sleeping and more. Doctors who specialize in the care of the elderly often recommend carefully reducing the medication load. Read more here:
Too Many Medications?
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.
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
Village Santa Cruz County
1740 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Thanks to and for your support!