Campbell Earthquake Safety Training – October 7

Campbell Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) invites you and your family to a free educational event to learn the essentials of earthquake safety. During this FREE 60 minute training, you will learn how to prepare and what to do during an earthquake. You will receive an earthquake safety booklet with a checklist to take home

This event will be held on Monday, October 7, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Location is the Roosevelt Room (Q-80) at Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell, CA

President … Ken Schieck

October is the month to wear orange and black-not for the San Francisco Giants (they will miss Bruce Bochy) – but it is the month of Halloween; let’s wear those colors to the general meeting on Oct.15. This is the first of three meetings relating to who will be on our Board in 2020; we will nominate members for the Board at the October meeting, elect them in November, and install them in December.  A sincere thanks to Helen Soukoulis, Nancy Tepperman, and Paul Levine for stepping up this past year to fill important Board positions.

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is sponsoring a year-end series of events beginning Oct.9 with the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) at the San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose.  For more information, please call Lynne Kinsey 408/265-4038.

AARP California, Bay Area Black Nurses Assn. Inc., and the Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council are sponsoring 3 telephone seminars on Dementia Care during the month of October.  For more information, register online at or call Karla Fields at 925/444-0474.

Just an early heads-up:  Orchard City Community Chorus presents its winter holiday concert on Friday Dec. 6 at Campbell United Methodist Church.  More information forthcoming.

Program … Shelly Schwartz and Paul Levine

Gracefully aging in-place:  most of us wish to remain in our homes as long as possible during our sunset years, but many of us will require outside assistance in order to fulfill that wish.  Learn what to expect when you hire someone to help you “age-in-place.”  What kinds of questions should you ask?  What type of help can you expect?  What is the cost and how to pay for it?

Speakers:  Markus Breitbach with Help and Care In-Home Care Services; Casey Fleming, Reverse Mortgage Specialist with C2 Financial; Ann Escobar, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed; and Debra Schwartz, Senior Real Estate Specialist with CSR Real Estate Services and panel moderator will provide insight and guidance into these questions about aging-in-place.  They are committed to helping seniors feel empowered to make informed decisions about aging with dignity.

Legislative News … Daniel Nnorth and Claudia Schott

This is the month for email writing! We have the following three email campaigns that AARP would like us to take part in:

1.  AB 824, “to stop pay-to-delay practices” on drug prices, was amended again on the 13th of September, and AARP still supports the bill.  To learn more, visit  Please consider sending an email or letter to the Governor’s office.

2.  AB 1366, preventing the CPUC from performing its oversight role for VOIP and IP-enabled phone services, has been shelved, but only for this year. We will continue to work on OPPOSING this bill into 2020. This is a good time to send an email to our senators to let them know, we don’t want this one to pass!  We want the CPUC to perform oversight!

3.  AB 1118, which would establish California as an Age-Friendly State and requires the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to include the 8 domains of livability developed by the World Health Organization to be included as recommendations in the next update of the State General Planning Guidelines.  This bill has been sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  Please consider sending him an email or letter as soon as possible urging him to sign AB 1118 into law.

Master Plan on Aging

Finally, the Governor’s Master Plan on Aging process kicked off on September 17.  Nina Weiler-Harwell, Ph.D. | AARP California Associate State Director – Community, is on the Stakeholder Advisory Commission.  We hope that she can enlighten us as to what has been decided as they “Pledge for Action allow[ing] all Californians the opportunity to share their ideas and suggestions for how we collectively build an age-friendly California.”

Recognizing that California’s over-65 population is projected to grow to 8.6 million by 2030, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order calling for the creation of Master Plan for Aging to be developed by October 1, 2020. The Master Plan will serve as a blueprint that can be used by state government, local communities, private organizations and philanthropy to build environments that promote an age-friendly California.  Want to read more?


Join us at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church; 1522 McCoy Ave., San Jose; for our Annual Book and Bake Sale.

Friday, Oct. 11, 12 – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This is the perfect opportunity to select your winter reading material.  Find your favorite authors or browse and find something that piques your curiosity.  We look forward to seeing you there!