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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  ~
During this COVID-19 outbreak Village Santa Cruz County has suspended all in-person meetings.  We are finding ways to keep our members connected by phone, email, text and online meet-ups.

We encourage our members to contact us if they need help with errands for essential items.

Stay safe, stay connected.


~  NEWS/ARTICLES  ~


Click on the image to link to County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency COVID-19 Hub
(includes number of cases/deaths)




Get Organized
With the presence of COVID-19 in our community, now is a good time to make sure you have an up-to-date Advance Healthcare Directive. If you’ve already made an Advance Directive now is a good time to make sure it still matches your circumstances and wishes.

This Wednesday | April 8 | 12:00 pm Hospice of Santa Cruz is offering a webinar on Advance Healthcare Planning - Documenting Your Wishes during COVID-19. 

Presentation will cover:  Completing your Advance Directive • The difference between an Advance Directive and a Physicians Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form • How to talk with your loved ones about your wishes  • How COVID19 might impact your wishes  • Q & A with Hospice Physician and Hospice Social Worker

Click here for more info and registration
 


 ~~ Shelter-in-Place Distractions ~~
 
Get Moving at home
Join some of the virtual recreation activities offered by our Parks and Recreation department especially for seniors.  (click on the link)
Many of the activities require Zoom, but this 25-minute senior exercise video you can play at anytime.
https://youtu.be/9BZU15ck-1k


Wanna get away? Try Google Street View

A virtual representation of our surroundings on Google Maps, consisting of millions of panoramic images that enable people everywhere to virtually explore the world.
https://www.google.com/streetview/

Culturally curious? Try Google Art & Culture  
Discover artworks, collections and stories from all around the world in a new way. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail and easily share with your friends.
https://artsandculture.google.com/

For Dance Fans 
The Royal Danish Ballet is streaming a performance of August Bournonville’s “Napoli” from their 2013-2014 season. 
https://kglteater.dk/kgl/xtra/forestilling-napoli

For Music Fans

SFJazz is streaming a new weekly series, Fridays at Five, that features exclusive footage from some of their most memorable SFJAZZ concerts from the past few years.  The weekly concerts begin at 5 PM and are free for current SFJAZZ members; or $5 for a 1-month digital membership for non-members. 
Four concerts will be offered in April and the next one is:


  APR 10 - Pink Martini 

So grab your favorite beverage, maybe even some popcorn, and enjoy from the comfort of your home!

Click here for details


Michael T. Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s “Keeping Score” project is streaming on the Symphony’s YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0wRztEPtQWDXUybBpYRpa




~  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 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
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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.
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~~ 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                 
info@villagesantacruz.org


                      


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