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

Posted on 10/28/20 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 November with virtual events, local resources, information on voting safely in the 2020 elections, whether in-person or by mail, and more.

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Your Vote – Your Voice – Our Fight: November 2nd
Join us for our fourth and final Facebook LIVE conversation with KBLX radio host, Nikki Thomas. Learn about voting safely in the 2020 Election, whether from home or by mail. Learn more HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Webinar Wednesday – Burn Prevention Tips for Caregivers: November 4th
Join us for a Facebook Live conversation with Jennifer Radics-Johnson, Executive Director of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. We will discuss the Burn Foundation’s programs, as well as steps caregivers can take to help reduce the risk of burns. Tune-in to AARP California’s Facebook page at 12:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, November 4th 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: November 5th & 19th
Join us on the first and third Thursday of each month for the for Live From Home concert series brought to you by San Jose Jazz in partnership with AARP California! Enjoy FREE live musical performances, from national and international artists, from the comfort of your own home. Performances 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.

Prepare to Care Workshop: November 6th
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.

Managing Dementia Care: November 10th
Join us for the Institute on Aging’s online event for caregivers of those living with dementia. Participants will hear a panel of experts deliver practical information about dementia care, followed by a moderated Q&A session. Topics will include: understanding and responding to behaviors in dementia; learning what a geriatrician can offer to persons living with dementia and to their caregiver(s); taking care of yourself as a caregiver; and listening to the testimony of a family caregiver. Learn more and register HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Fair Housing Workshop by SALA: November 12th
Join us for a Fair Housing Workshop hosted by Senior Adults Legal Assistance (SALA). Find out how to recognize illegal discrimination in housing and learn how you can ask for the accommodations you need to live and age in place. This information is useful for both tenants and landlords. Learn more and register HERE. This virtual event is free and intended for Santa Clara County residents.

African American Alzheimer’s Forum – Caregiving from the Heart: November 14th
Join us for the African American Alzheimer’s Forum hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association. Listen to three dynamic speakers discuss topics that are most relevant to African American caregivers and families impacted by a loved one’s Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis.  Learn more and register HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Asian Art Museum Diwali Celebration: November 14th
Join us for the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s cultural celebration of Diwali. Experience virtual storytelling, learn South Asian recipes and instructions for a Diwali-inspired art project. Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights and comes from the Sanskrit word, Dipawali, which literally means “row of lights.” Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs around the world to mark the beginning of the new year according to the Indian lunar calendar, and falls on the darkest night of the year, usually in late October or early November. This year, Diwali starts on November 14th. Learn more HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

HomeFit Workshop: November 20th
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.

Flavors of San Jose: November 21st
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.

Flavors of San Jose

LGBTQ Virtual Volunteer Opportunities Brunch: November 21
Join us for an online volunteer recruitment brunch with the Avenidas Rainbow Collective to learn about virtual volunteer opportunities for LGBTQ individuals and allies.  Hear how you can make a difference in the lives of others, from the safety and comfort of home!  Spots for brunch are limited, so please register by November 14th.  This virtual event is free and intended for Santa Clara County residents.  Learn more and register HERE. For more information, contact Thomas Kingery at

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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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 and in Spanish at 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.  

Voting Safely in the 2020 Elections
AARP is fighting to protect 50+ voters and make your voice heard on the issues that matter – protecting Social Security and Medicare, lowering prescription drug prices, and ensuring you can vote safely from home or in-person. Learn more about registering to vote and voting safely in California HERE.

To learn more about voting in Santa Clara County, watch a live video interview with AARP California and the Santa Clara County Registrar Office 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 for news, tips, and online learning videos on how to spot and stop common scams.

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 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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