Embracing the Benefits of Living a Balanced Lifestyle

Join us April 1, 2014 for the second of three Health Matters events sponsored by Orinda Library, Orinda Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of the Orinda Library.  Health and Aging experts will be covering various topics, as well as offering free mini-fitness classes suitable for all levels.

Registration in the Orinda Library auditorium.  Coffee, tea and treats will be available.  Preregistration is not required.

Preventing Elder Financial Abuse, presented by Shirley Krohn, from the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging. Financial elder abuse takes many forms. In addition to outright stealing of assets, crimes include forging signatures to obtain loans and lines of credit and fraudulent use of credit cards. While strangers are responsible for 51% of such crimes, at least 34% are committed by family members, friends and neighbors, according to a recent  MetLife study.

krohnKrohn also chairs the Legislative Work Group for the Agency on Aging and is a Senior Assembly Member for the California Senior Legislature, representing Contra Costa County.  Her volunteer efforts cover many areas of expertise and interest including elder financial abuse, predatory lending, reverse mortgages and mental health issues.

In between presentations, choose from one of three mini-fitness classes, including  line dancing, Tai Chi and Yoga.

What makes a Community Aging Friendly? – the latest researchDr. Andrew Scharlach, Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging at the School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley.

scharlachScharlach is also director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services. His work focuses on older adults and their families, particularly with regard to long-term care services, work and family responsibilities and aging-friendly communities. These are communities in which a range of transportation and social services are tailored to help people remain in their homes as they age. He has conducted extensive research and evaluation of community aging initiatives, particularly the Village model, a movement in which seniors help seniors coordinate and deliver services within their communities, and assists older adults to age in place.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library and Orinda Parks and Recreation department, this event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Beth Girshman, or call 925-254-2184, ext 15.

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