BIG IDEAS, GOOD WORK A 1-Day Aging & Technology Conference

IOABIG IDEAS, GOOD WORK A 1-Day Aging & Technology Conference

How Elders, Caregivers & Senior Services Are Influencing & Inventing Thoughtful Technologies

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Genentech Hall Auditorium
600 16th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94158

This event will feature tech innovators who are also elders, caregivers, senior-service providers or health professionals. They will guide us in collectively considering new ways to support healthy aging and aging in place: Low-tech, high-tech and in-between!

Presenters will discuss the evolution of technology & aging, and how this evolution affects the health and social lives of older adults, as well as the work of both family and professional caregivers. Particular concerns of at-risk seniors will be addressed (physical, mental/cognitive, fiscal), but we’ll also see how new technologies may help keep seniors engaged and more independent. The course will also help conference participants identify ways in which they may make their own contributions towards technology outcomes, by bringing their expertise and influence to the creation of new technologies.

8:00 – 9:00am Registration

9:00- 10:30 a.m. Evolution of the Aging & Tech Revolution
Anne Hinton, Executive Director, San Francisco Dept of Aging & Adult Services
Stephen Johnston, MBA, Co-Founder of Aging 2.0
David Lindeman, PhD, MSW, Director of Center for Technology & Aging, & Co-Director of the UC Center for Innovation & Technology in Public Health

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-12:15 p.m. Challenges, Worries, and Solutions (Current & Emerging)
Jack Lloyd, BSME, Inventor
Richard Caro, Ph.D, Tech-Enhanced Life
Barbara Beskin, Occupational Therapist, 91-year-old tech designer for IDEO

12:15- 1:15pm Lunch

1:15- 2:45pm From the Heart: A Panel of Supportive Technologies
Moderator: Mary Hulme, MSW, Moonstone Geriatrics
Kari Snowberg, MA, UCSF Dept of Physiological Nursing
Claire McDonnell, CEO, True Link
Connie Chow, MBA, CEO, Daily Caring
Alex Go, LivWell Health, CEO & Co-Founder

2:45- 3:00pm Break

3:00-4:30pm DIY (Do It Yourself)! How YOU Can Create The Future
Marguerite Manteau-Rao, LCSW & App Developer
Dr. Aenor Sawyer, UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation
Richard Caro, Ph.D, Tech-Enhanced Life

Continuing Education:
6.0 CE credits offered BBS, BRN, MCLE, RCFE

California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS): Course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #: PCE 2079).

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP13610, for 6 Contact Hours.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys (Provider #13264).

California Dept of Social Services (RCFE) Provider # 2000194-740-2; Course # Pending for 6.0 continuing education hours.

Institute on Aging employees please contact Caitlin Morgan ( or Glen Fishman ( for special $0 registration promo code.*

Funding for this program is provided by: HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce Grant # UB4HP19046; The Julian Davis Leadership Fund; Kay and Abhay Parekh; and The Sequoias-San Francisco.

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Books dealing with Senior medical issues

Health and medical issues, no matter at what age, can be both trying and frustrating. Once you reach an advanced age, these issues can become even more of a challenge as one tries to navigate how to handle the situation, let alone ease it. Because of this, you’ll find that there are lots of books, some self help while others for family members, on the market that are geared toward helping both patient and family member understand the situation and address the needed steps to minimize it.

Below you’ll find a list of recently published books that focuses on one or more common medical issues seen in elderly people. These books are designed not so much for the elderly person themselves, but for a family member or friend who is helping to take care of their loved one.

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring For People Who Have Alzheimer Disease 

Covering a wide range of memory loss conditions including dementia and Alzheimer’s, “TheThe 36 HourDay 36-Hour Day” provides those caring for individuals who are suffering dementia related illnesses with the needed tools to not only understand the disease but how to deal with problems and issues that may arise throughout the day and week. Caregivers will learn how to cope calmly with a person’s meals, exercise and personal hygiene as well as mood changes, such as anger and suspicion. You’ll also learn a little bit about financial and legal issues and how to address them.

Those who are unfamiliar with dementia and other related memory loss conditions will also find that the basic facts about dementia, as well as early signs, are covered within the book’s chapters. This is great for those who want to get an early handle on the condition before it worsens.

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Dementia For Dummies

Easy to read and understand, Dementia for Dummies, part of the Dummies book series, isDementiaForDummies a great read for those just starting to learn about the condition and its symptoms. You’ll also find information about causes and risk factors and how to help manage the illness after its onset. Though the title sounds harsh, the book is actually written in a sensitive manner and care is taken to walk you through different scenarios that you may possibly run into throughout the duration of the condition.

There are various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and each one is included within the book, helping to allow the reader a better understanding of each one as well as the differences between the conditions. Making things easier, Dementia for Dummies provides a step by step explanation for each form of dementia.

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The Gift of Caring: Saving our Parents From the Perils of Modern Healthcare

A personal reflection about the troubles and tribulations of caring for loved ones withtheGiftofCaring dementia and other medical issues, The Gift of Caring follows the author as she navigates the world of elder care as she cares for both her mother and father. Backed by recent research, the author not only details situations that have arisen but also concerns about the healthcare provided for such individuals. Looking at how medical conditions can be prevented and made easier to handle once they are diagnosed, the author shares information about how unnecessary measures are sometimes taken and how these measures may lead to complications that could have been prevented or even treated in a better manner.

This book acts as great supplemental reading material for the other two books mentioned above and shares the point of view of the caregiver, which should in turn help you to provide the best care possible.

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Arthritis For Dummies

A very common problem in seniors, arthritis can stretch from a small annoyance to aArthritisforDummies severe condition that makes it hard to complete ordinary everyday tasks. Arthritis For Dummies, another book in the Dummies series, helps to explain the different techniques that can be used for both managing and helping to ease the disease while controlling the symptoms that many have to face day in and day out.

Within the pages you’ll find information about the different types of arthritis, how to diagnose, how to decrease both the pain and symptoms and the latest treatments and therapy options on the market today. You’ll also find helpful information regarding doctors, healthcare professionals, medications, dietary findings and procedures designed to help ease the pain of arthritis.

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At, we are dedicated to helping you and your family ease the search for just the right community, product or service! For more information and to use our Search, Sort and Match ™ tool, please visit our website or call us at 877-243-8073.

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Art History Lecture Series – The Lake Merritt – Oakland

Art History Lecture Series: Botticelli to Braque Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland
April 30th, 3:30pm

The Lake Merritt
1800 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94612

scotlandA docent from the de Young Museum in San Francisco will present a lecture on this new exhibit. “Spanning more than 400 years of artistic production, this exhibition highlights works by many of the greatest painters from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. See this rare presentation of some of the most iconic images in the history of Western art as they travel to San Francisco from the National Galleries of Scotland. Paintings selected from the collection include masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli, Diego Velázquez, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Sir Henry Raeburn, Frederic Edwin Church, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque.”

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Celebrating National Poetry Month – The Lake Merritt – Oakland

Celebrating National Poetry Month – Oakland Poets
April 23rd, 3:30pm

The Lake Merritt
1800 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Joaquin MillerThey will be celebrating National Poetry Month by reading poetry and discussing poetry specific to poets who were born or lived in the beautiful City of Oakland. Please bring any favorite poem(s).

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The Lake Merritt Music Series – The Lake Merritt – Oakland

The Lake Merritt Music Series: Talkin’ Jazz with Ben Levine
April 16th @ 3:30pm
The Lake Merritt
1800 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94612

This conversation will give you a total overview and an immersive insider’s view of Jazz music. Professional musician Ben Levine will start with a brief rundown on the history of this uniquely American art form.

BenBen Levine, a Bay Area native, has led a distinguished career as a musician, producer, educator, and booking agent.

In 2003, Ben received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. During his time at USC, Ben had the opportunity to study and perform with many Jazz luminaries including: Bennie Maupin, Brian Bromberg, Scott Henderson, Carmen Bradford, Darryl Jones, Peter Erskine, and John Clayton. As a bassist, Ben has toured with former American Idol Josh Gracin, number one country music hit maker Mark Wills, and two-time country music Entertainer of the Year Neal McCoy. With his own bluegrass band, Honeywagon, Ben has performed on and produced 5 full-length albums. Honeywagon enjoyed tremendous success with their 2003 release “Green Day Blue Grass” which spent over a year in the top 10 of Billboard’s Bluegrass Album chart and peaked at #3. Ben’s playing can also be heard on the Grammy winning album, “Guitar Heroes” by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

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Conversations on The Lake – The Lake Merritt – Oakland

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Conversations on The Lake
The Lake Merritt – Oakland
1800 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
April 9th, 3:30pm

Balance expert and fitness instructor Vanessa Kettler will teach you techniques that make walking much easier. If you feel a little unsteady on your feet or have trouble walking long distances, Ms. Kettler’s simple exercises can help you. In addition to sharing her wisdom on gait and walking pitfalls, Ms. Kettler will lead the class through several simple exercises that you can take home with you. Walking should not be your enemy–make it your friend again!

Vanessa Kettler is an acclaimed expert in the field of fall prevention and balance improvement. She is an experienced balance instructor privately and since 1999 as a member of the faculty of the Older Adults Program of Santa Rosa Junior College.She is also a professional dancer at the age of 70 with 40 years of physical training. Her experience has led her to develop a unique yet powerful technique for helping people improve their balance. In 2013 she created, developed and produced Building Better Balance, a series of 4 DVDs. Each of the DVDs teaches how to improve balance while focusing on different aspects of the aging process. She is devoted to helping people realize that we can all get stronger, more flexible and with better balance as we age instead of the reverse.

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Free Living Trust Seminar

estate planningAttend a Free Living Trust Seminar on May 2, 6 or 7

Creating a revocable living trust can keep your heirs out of probate and keep your financial data private. Probate proceedings are public matters and the expense of probate can be significant. Probate also extends the amount of time before an heir receives an inheritance by months, and sometimes even years.
The Law Offices of Roy W. Litherland invites you to attend one of the upcoming free Living Trust Seminars. Join them for one of the following free seminars:

Saturday, May 2
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Continental Breakfast)
Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road

Wednesday, May 6
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Law Office of Roy W. Litherland, 3425 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 240
(Limited Seating, Reservations Required)

Thursday, May 7
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton at Pruneyard Plaza, 1995 S. Bascom Avenue

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Bed Rails for Seniors

Though most people may not want to admit it, bed rails are a common part of elderly life, and often, a necessary one. Whether you have suffered an injury due to a fall or have bodily aches and ailing bones, bed rails can dramatically increase the ease of getting in and out of bed, making life much easier.

Not only do they add ease to daily living, but help prevent accidents due to falling or even rolling out of bed when sleeping. Below is a list of some of the top bed rails out on the market today, each slightly different from the next. When viewing each one, keep in mind that unless your bed is pushed up against a wall on one side, it’s best to purchase two bed rails, one for each side, for maximum effectiveness and security.

Slantrail Reversible Bed Rail

slantrail-reversible-bed-railMade by Mobility Transfer, this unique white bed rail takes bed rails to a new level by being completely reversible, great for those who wish to change things up a bit. Due to its ability to change, you’ve essentially have two bed rails in one. The top of the rail slants to one side at a gradual angle so that it is easy to hold on to, also you can choose the height that works best for you when getting in and out of bed. It is made to fit any size bed and there are no tools needed for assembly.

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Essential Medical Supply Standard Hand Bed Rail

essential-medical-bed-railThis standard hand bed rail is loved by many as it is both easy to use and transport. When putting onto a bed, users will find a handy securing strap that attaches the rail to the bed frame itself, helping to keep it in place. It is also adjustable in height ranging from 17 inches to 21 inches, great for those who would like varying heights. It also has a 20 inch wide hand grip that is non-slip. If you’re traveling and want to take it with you, you’ll find that you can with ease as it fits in most large size suitcases which makes it easy to transport. This rail has a weight limit of 300 pounds.

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LumaRail Bed Assist Rail

lumarail-bed-railA Platinum Health product, the LumaRail is a bed rail with a few added features, giving you more bang for your buck. The rail itself is made to fit all bed sizes, even those low to the ground as it is floor and mattress supported and adjustable. It also has some handy extras including an anchor strap (which helps hold the bed rail in place) and a LED motion sensor nightlight. If you don’t wish to use the nightlight every night, or at all, you can simply turn it off with a switch. It is easy to clean and can be assembled without the help of tools.

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Stander Bed Rail Advantage

stander-bed-rail-advantageThis bed rail, though small in size, is a great rail for those who aren’t ready for a full setup just yet. It’s also great for travel as it is light weight, easy to fold up and can easily fix into suitcases and even some carryons. The Stander bed rail fits neatly in between your mattress and box spring and secures with a safety strap. The support handle is both non-slip and cushioned with a 4 pocket organizer pouch, great for storage of notebooks, keys and other small items. This rail will work on both home and hospital beds.

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Stander BedCane

stander-bedcaneMost bed rails include either a straight or angled line that you grab onto for assistance getting up and down, but not this one. Adding a little twist, the Stander BedCane is actually formed into a cane shape, which is easier for some to grab. Made to work with both home and hospital beds, this bed ‘cane’ fits neatly in between the mattress and box spring, and also folds down easily into a smaller shape that can then be transported. The height of the cane can be adjusted from 19 inches tall to 22 inches tall and has a weight capacity of 350 pounds. You’ll also find that it comes with a 4 pocket organizer that can be attached or detached.

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At, we are dedicated to helping you and your family ease the search for just the right community, product or service! For more information and to use our Search, Sort and Match ™ tool, please visit our website or call us at 877-243-8073

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Medi-Cal Planning Workshop – Campbell

Medi-Cal Planning Workshop: Learn How To Protect Your Assets from Catastrophic Nursing Home Costs – CAMPBELL
Law Office of Roy W. Litherland
3425 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 240, Campbell, CA 95008

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Attend this FREE workshop and learn:
How NOT to become impoverished by Nursing Home Costs now averaging over $98,000/year!
Already in a Nursing Home? We can help!
The real look-back gifting rules are not what you think!
Preserve Medi-Cal eligibility and avoid loss of your family home!
How proper planning can Protect Your Assets!
Why traditional Living Trusts won’t help with Nursing Home Costs!
The difference between immediate need and long term planning.

This workshop is limited to 20 people and reservations are required.

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California Senior Legislature Senior Rally Day 2015 – Sacramento

California Senior Legislature Senior Rally Day 2015
Wednesday May 6, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM PDT
West Steps of the State Capitol (10th Street side)
10th and L Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senior Citizens and others concerned about senior issues are invited to participate in the 2015 Senior Rally Day at the State Capitol. The California Senior Legislature is hosting this event and inviting seniors from across the Golden State to encourage State lawmakers to “Make Senior Issues a Priority in 2015 and Beyond!”

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