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While there has been no shortage of the negative to contemplate over the past few months, there has been one undeniable positive: the power that exists when a group of like-minded, driven community members unite to confront an issue. Let’s remember the meaningful and incredibly gratifying change that can come when a community collaborates with focus and purpose.

Dr. Thomas Peters
President & CEO
Marin Community Foundation


Did You Know?

Latinos tend to have health outcomes comparable to or better than many Caucasians. Factors include: supportive family networks, multi-generational living, and respect for the knowledge of elders. Viva Marin - Latino Health in Marin: A Data, Policy & Action Guide







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Volume 1, Issue 1                                                                           March 2017

Welcome to the Launch!

In our second year, AAI 2.0, we will sharpen our focus on a more systemic approach to address the issues facing our seniors. We plan to use our network to bring the lens of aging to community issues such as health challenges, financial abuse, rising rents, lack of mobility and isolation. This newsletter, our Convening on March 29th, our collaborations, and our advocacy will strengthen our collective relationships.  

I hope you find this newsletter a resource and inspiration as we strive to work together more effectively and efficiently.  As this is our first issue, please send us your feedback on what will make it as helpful as possible. See you at the Convening.

Joe O'Hehir
AAI Steering Committee


From the New Program Director


It is with great pleasure and respect that I write to you as the new Program Director of Aging Action Initiative

Throughout my career as a planner, I have always been captured by the long view. In city and transportation planning, communities look beyond the issues du jour and consider the multiplicity of causes, options and implications. What will make our hometowns better places to live, learn, shop and enjoy life? This has been rewarding work. Who isn’t happy to see people move into an affordable home or cross a busy street in a safer crosswalk. In looking ahead, I am thrilled to take on the mission of the Aging Action Initiative as my own: to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of service providers and funders through public education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. Read more.



Network Spotlight: Shared Housing

AAI interviewed member Leslie Klor, Director of Shared Housing for Senior Resources, a Program of Episcopal Senior Communities. She talks about shared housing, its impact on our senior community and how to achieve an age-friendly Marin. 

Why Shared Housing?
There are many wonderful benefits! It uses existing housing, so there’s no fighting about a new building. It helps seniors who need extra help or extra income. It helps people who are isolated in their homes. It helps older residents keep living in their home. And, it helps people who want a place to live in Marin. Shared housing solves the need of both homeowners and home seekers. 

How does the Episcopal Senior Communities Shared Housing program work?
It serves seniors 50+. I match home owners who are looking for extra money by renting out a room or who need services such as driving to doctor's appointments, grocery shopping or cooking with home seekers who are looking for a room to call their own. Read more


A Look Ahead:

Aging Action Initiative
The purpose of Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is to promote a countywide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of service providers through public education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. 

For more information:
Call the AAI support team MARINSPACE 415-492-9444

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