The free event is open to the public and to people studying in those career fields, and will be at 6 p.m. at the Saratoga Area Senior Center, located next to city hall at 19655 Allendale Ave.
The speaker will be Anabel Pelham, with a presentation on Aging Friendly Communities.
Sponsors will provide food, beverages and goodie bags for attendees.
Registration is required, so save your spot by going to eventbrite to register at Social Lights 4 Change, An Evening Soiree Spring 2014.
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About Dr. Pelham
Dr. Pelham has a rich background and has laid the foundation for many programs that have helped in the planning of age friendly communities.
Her accomplishments include President of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists (NAPG), also a professor there; founding director of the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University; past president of the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG); the Chair of the Los Altos Rotary Partners for Elder Generations; Founding Director of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFÉ) a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation.
Her full bio can be found here: http://anabelpelham.org/.
At the November SL4C "pilot soiree," the speaker was Jamie Van Zanen, whose topic was “Having difficult Conversations, the Go Wish Cards.”
The planning group is already thinking about the next talk, and has a round table of speakers for the fall event.
Susan Huff the Executive Director of the Saratoga Area Senior Center and Heather Durham the Community Outreach Coordinator for Alameda Family Funeral & Cremation talked last summer about how there are a lot of networking groups, but nothing to celebrate the work that social workers do.
“There are no organizations that were bringing topics like ‘looking for a job while still at one’ for this group of people,” said Durham, “and they work so darn hard, some 13 hour days and they get called in on weekends. They don’t have the opportunity to mingle with other professionals in their field.”
The idea was sprung by the two ladies, and next they gathered a group of 10 organizers to for the first event in November.
Sponsors include: Alameda Family Funeral & Cremation; Accent Care; Amberwood Gardens/Tri-Synergy; Ask Barbara; Belmont Village; Care More; Care for Seniors Agency; CloverLeaf Care; HomeWell Senior Care; Hospice of the Valley; Inspired Caregivers; Our Lady of Fatima Villa; Saratoga Area Senior Center; and Vital Link.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available; contact Durham for information.
More information about the event can be found at:
- and on eventbrite at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-lights-4-change-an-evening-soiree-spring-2014-tickets-9003153675