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 ~
Below is a list of helpful information regarding emergency preparedness:
Public Safety Power Shut Off Fact Sheet
LA IMPORTANCIA DE ESTAR PREPARADOS
Emergency preparedness if you depend on medical devices & assistive devices
Backup Generator Fact Sheet
Sat, Dec. 14, The Immigrant Experience: A Personal Story with Francisco Jimenez, 1:00pm - 4:00pm @ Watsonville Public Library - 275 Main St., Watsonville, CA 95076. Watsonville Public Library presents an author talk with Mexican-American author Dr. Francisco Jimenez, followed by a Q & A and meet-and-greet.
Sat, Dec 14 @ 7 PM and Sun, Dec 15 @ 3 PM, Pacific Voices @ Peace United Church, 900, High St, Santa Cruz 95060
This concert will include pieces by Morton Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, and Kim Andre Arenson. The songs carry messages of light and life, to carry us through the winter. $20 general admission, $15 seniors/children.
Sun, Dec. 15, Live Oak Holiday Tradition: Las Posadas, 5:00pm @ Grange Hall - 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062. A free family celebration which re-enacts the Mexican ritual of Mary and Joseph's search for a lodging in Bethlehem. After our musical procession up and down 17th Avenue we will share a meal and celebration in the Live Oak Grange Hall. Tamale making workshop for this celebration will be held on Sat, Dec. 7, from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at Grange Hall. Make a dozen tamales for the feast and take some home for a donation. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ~
Photo By: Andrew Testa
"Let's Wage a War on Loneliness"
The condition isn't just depressing. It can be deadly.
Read more here: War on Loneliness
"Dancing Past 60: 'I Actually Forget That I Am Aging'"
On this dance team at a Queens community center, being a grandma is a plus.
Read more here: Dancing Past 60
Photo By: An Rong Xu
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
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