Season’s Greetings!

Warm Holiday wishes from CLF President and the Board Members. Many thanks to our partners and donors for a successful 2021. We are excited and looking forward to the completion of the City of Cupertino funded Cupertino Library Expansion project in 2022/Q1 and many in-person events in the new Program Room.
Honored to have the attendance of Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul, Vice Mayor Liang Chao, Council Member Kitty Moore, and Council Member Hung Wei at our 2021 Holiday event earlier this month.

 

Senior Housing Series

Are the kids finally on their own and you and your spouse continue living in the family home?  Do you get the feeling that the house owns you rather than the other way around? Have you thought about where you would want to live as you get older?  You may know various options exist, but wonder how you would know if you are making the right choices? The speakers in our Senior Housing Series will provide a big picture of housing options, some tips to navigate these options, and the factors to consider while making your decisions.

Similar to our other Senior Program Speaker Series, the events will range from lectures by local experts, panel discussions with senior housing professionals and residents, hands-on workshops. It may include field trips.  For 2021 we have scheduled 4 events.  All events are free to the public; in 2021 all events will be virtual.  One would need to register for each event to obtain instructions on how to join the virtual event. 

Please subscribe to our mailing list to get notified about our future events and email us at seniorseries@cupertinolibraryfoundation.org to a) suggest topics for future events, b) participate as a speaker/panelist or c) to volunteer with CLF.

This speaker series is sponsored in part by the Forum Health Fund.   

September 19, 2021 1:00PM: Double Header Event – “Get the Bigger Picture for Senior Housing!”

1.Panel Discussion on Senior Housing Choices” by Community members

Residents discuss their decisions and thinking when choosing housing options as seniors. Our panelists took  three different approaches. As we will hear, this is not a singular decision, because what might work for you today might not work tomorrow.

2. “Financial Considerations for Senior Housing and Memory Care” by experts

This panel addresses the two largest costs often associated with our later years: housing and memory care. It explores strategies residents are pursuing, what to do with the big family house, and alternatives that you might not have heard about.

August 29, 2021 1:00PM: Double Header Kickoff Event on Senior Housing Options by Local Experts

1. “General Survey of Senior Housing” by Richard Adler, Chair of the Age Friendly Cupertino Initiative

Most of our adult lives have been spent living independently in our own homes. As we reach later life, other housing options may be more appealing or appropriate. A range of alternative housing choices have been developed for older people. But how do we make the right choice? This talk will provide a guided tour of these options, ranging from strategies and services to support aging in place to communities designed to meet the of people as they age.

2. “Aging in Place”  by Chuck Sieloff, CEO of Avenida Village Palo Alto

Over-65’s will soon outnumber under-18’s in our population, and 90% of older adults would prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. Yet only 10% of those homes meet the minimum requirements for elderly living and 90% of those older adults live with chronic health conditions, and, for many, social isolation is an additional serious risk factor. Clearly, we need to start taking a more proactive approach toward meeting these challenges, both as individuals and as a society.

Future events in this series

1) Panel Discussion –  with Dave Stearns, Mahesh Nihalani, and TBD
2) Finances for Senior Housing and Memory Carewith Bob Adams,  TBD, and TBD

CLF-GetSetUp

Older adults are the fastest growing age group in our community. Given the growing cost and shortage of independent and assisted living, we anticipate many seniors would choose to age in their own home for as long as possible.  The pandemic is particularly isolating and hard on seniors. It has amplified the need for virtual educational sessions and opportunity to socialize from the comfort and safety of their home.  Recognizing these needs, Cupertino Library Foundation has partnered with San-Francisco based GetSetUp to provide free interactive online classes and workshops for older adults to get equipped with technology and stay connected. Classes are offered daily on more than 300 topics. They are taught by retired educators or experts.

Learn how to use Zoom and devices like smartphones, tablets, Alexa, etc., take Health and Wellness classes, interact with fellow hobbyists, acquire new skills, explore your creative side, and stay mentally and physically fit.

Join at your convenience from the comfort of your home using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Tutorials and technical help are available by phone, email, and online chat.

All classes are free through July 2022, to Cupertino residents aged 55 years and older. 

Visit https://www.getsetup.io/partner/clf  and use coupon code: CLF to sign up.

This program is funded in part by the City of Cupertino through their Community Funding Grant awarded to the Cupertino Library Foundation.

Email seniorseries@cupertinolibraryfoundation.org with your comments and feedback on this program.

 

Grant from City of Cupertino Community Funding Grant Program

The City of Cupertino, through their Community Funding Grant Program, has awarded a $15,000 grant to Cupertino Library Foundation in July 2021. The grant is for providing free, interactive online classes and workshops for Cupertino older adults aged 55 years and over for a period of 12 months.  The free classes will be offered through a partnership with the San Francisco based company GetSetUp.  There will be daily classes on over 300 topics in 17 categories including Aging-in-Place, Health and Wellness, Technology, Financial Planning, Travel, Art, etc.