AARP in San Jose is Ready to Take on December 2020 with You!

Posted on 11/24/20 by Shea McCaslin

Although we may be distant, we don’t have to be apart. AARP in San Jose is here locally to help you take on December with virtual events, local resources and more.

LOCAL VIRTUAL EVENTS: 
Webinar Wednesday – Finding Inspiration During Turbulent Times: December 2nd  
Join us for a Facebook and YouTube Live conversation with Toan Lam, Founder and Chief Inspirator of Go Inspire Go. We will discuss personal, professional and spiritual pick-me-ups, as we continue to face the health pandemic and enter the holiday season. Tune-in to AARP California’s Facebook page or YouTube channel at 12:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, December 2nd or watch the recording anytime thereafter. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

San Jose Jazz Live From Home – Virtual Jazz Concerts: December 3rd  
Join us for the final Live From Home concert brought to you by San Jose Jazz in partnership with AARP California! This month, enjoy a FREE live musical performance by Taimane. Taimane has carved out a robust career by committing to her vision of creating an original sound and style with her instrument of choice, the ukulele. The performance will stream via San Jose Jazz’s FacebookYouTube and Twitch accounts at 7 p.m. PT. Learn more HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

HomeFit Workshop with Institute on Aging: December 3rd
Join us for a HomeFit workshop in partnership with the Institute on Aging (IOA). Learn how you can make your home safer and more comfortable as you age in place. From simple do-it-yourself repairs to larger design projects, find out how you can transform your living spaces to help you remain independently in your home as you age. Learn more and register HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Continuing Education Units will be offered.

LUGARES – LAP Inaugural Annual Conference: December 3rd
Join the American Planning Association’s (APA) Latinos and Planning Division (LAP) for their Inaugural Annual Conference. The key objective of the conference is to highlight ways in which planners within and outside of formal planning processes are addressing challenges and issues in their communities and how Latinx planners are, themselves, working to make their communities a better place for all. Learn more and register HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Prepare to Care Workshop: December 4th
Join us for a Prepare to Care Workshop to help you better care for yourself and the ones you love. Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging. No one is ever completely prepared for the job, especially since caregiving is often a long-term responsibility that may become more difficult over time. Learn tips and tools to help you prepare to become a caregiver, as well as resources that may help if you already are a caregiver. Learn more and register HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

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Webinar Wednesday – Pedistrian & Bike Safety: December 9th
Join us for a Facebook and YouTube Live conversation with San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez, Jesse Mintz-Roth with San Jose Vision Zero and John Cordes with Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. We will discuss the city’s Vision Zero efforts and dive into pedestrian and bike safety measures that you can take. Tune-in to AARP California’s Facebook page or YouTube channel at 12:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, December 9th or watch the recording anytime thereafter. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Flavors of San Jose: December 12th
Join us for a Facebook LIVE conversation with Veggielution and local San Jose chefs. Learn about their food journey and a family recipe that you can make right in your own home. Learn more HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Additional details coming soon!

Webinar Wednesday – The Friendship Line: December 16th
Join us for a Facebook and YouTube Live conversation with Dr. Patrick Arbore, the Director of Institute on Aging’s Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and the founder of the Friendship Line. We will discuss mental health and explore the Institute on Aging’s resources, such as the Friendship Line. The Friendship Line is both a crisis on intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls. Tune-in to AARP California’s Facebook page or YouTube channel at 12:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, December 2nd or watch the recording anytime thereafter. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

HomeFit Workshop with Institute on Aging: December 17th
Join us for a HomeFit workshop in partnership with the Institute on Aging (IOA). Learn how you can make your home safer and more comfortable as you age in place. From simple do-it-yourself repairs to larger design projects, find out how you can transform your living spaces to help you remain independently in your home as you age. Learn more and register HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Continuing Education Units will be offered.

HomeFit Workshop: December 18th
Join us for a HomeFit workshop to help you make your home safer and more comfortable as you age in place. From simple do-it-yourself repairs to larger design projects, learn how you can transform your living spaces to help you remain independently in your home as you age. Learn more and register HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

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Asian Art Museum Japanese Bell-Ringing Ceremony: December 31st
Join us for the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s Japanese Bell-Ringing Ceremony – ring in the New Year by taking a swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell! Learn more HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.


COMMUNITY INFORMATION: 
City of San Jose Redistricting Commission: Apply by December 13th
Join this once-in-a-decade opportunity: San José is seeking residents to serve on its redistricting commission! Will you serve on the commission or nominate a friend to ensure fair representation in San Jose City Council? San Jose is one of the few cities in California where residents can play a lead role in the redistricting process. The San Jose Redistricting Commission allows residents to incorporate public input to propose City Council maps that would last for the next decade. This process will determine how well San Jose’s communities are represented in local government. Learn more HERE. The deadline is December 13th.

LOCAL RESOURCES: 
Food and Meal Services   
Throughout the greater Bay Area, Meals on Wheels is working hard to provide food delivery to older adults and those in need. Find your county’s program contact information below: 

  • Alameda County, call 510-865-6131 or click HERE
  • Contra Costa County, call 866-669-6697 or click HERE.  
  • Marin County, call 415-457-4636 or click HERE.  
  • Napa County, call 707-253-6100 or click HERE.  
  • San Francisco County, call 415-355-6700 or click HERE.  
  • San Mateo County, 800-675-8437 or click HERE.  
  • Santa Clara County, call 408-961-9870 or click HERE.  
  • Solano County, call 707-425-0638 or click HERE.  
  • Sonoma County, call 707-565-2241 or click HERE.  

For additional information on resources being offered throughout California, click HERE.  

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AARP RESOURCES: 
In the face of the health crisis, AARP continues to provide information and resources to help individuals protect themselves from COVID-19 and prevent it from spreading to others. Visit aarp.org/coronavirus and in Spanish at aarp.org/elcoronavirus to find free resources on caregiving, health, financial security and more. AARP also partnered with Governor Newsom and the California Department of Aging to create a California for ALL Resource card, a one-stop information guide on COVID-19 for ALL Californians – but especially older adults. Learn more and download the card in English, Spanish or Chinese HERE.  

Fraud and Scam Prevention 
It’s November, which means the holiday shopping season is about to kick off. Only this year, we can expect a big uptick in online shopping as we continue dealing with the pandemic. Here are three tips to make sure the hot deal you’re clicking on is legitimate. First, be suspicious of any discounts larger than 55% off. Second, be on the lookout for irregular contact information, such as a Yahoo or Gmail address instead of a corporate retail account. Third, be wary of web addresses that are overly complex, don’t include the corporate retail name or don’t start with “https” -- they are all indicators that your data or your money may not be safe.

If someone suspects a scam, they should call the toll-free AARP Fraud Watch helpline at 877-908-3360 to report it. Individuals can also visit aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for news, tips, and online learning videos on how to spot and stop common scams.

Caregiving 
AARP supports millions of family caregivers by providing free resources and tools. View and download the AARP Prepare to Care caregiving guide, offered in English, Spanish and Chinese at aarp.org/caregiving. The website also features six questions loved ones should ask nursing homes during the health crisis, steps for caregivers worried about the crisis, legal tips for caregivers during COVID-19, and much more. Individuals taking care of a loved one can also call the AARP Caregiver Support Line at 877-333-5885. 

Connecting Virtually: How to Video Call Using Various Platforms  
Want to stay connected with friends and family by seeing them virtually but aren’t sure how? Try watching one of the following short video tutorials that demonstrate how you can stay in touch with loved ones through video chat.  

  • Learn how to use Zoom HERE
  • Learn how to use FaceTime HERE. 
  • Learn how to use Skype HERE. 
  • Learn how to use Facebook Video HERE. 

 

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