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

Posted on 09/29/20 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 October with virtual events, local resources, information on voting safely in the 2020 elections, whether in-person or by mail, and more.

San Jose Jazz Live From Home – Virtual Jazz Concerts: October 1st & 15th
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.

Caregiving During Uncertain Times – Finding Support & Connection: October 2nd
Join us for a virtual conversation on Caregiving During Uncertain Times and learn about new and existing resources and tools to help you get through these challenging times. Learn more HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest: October 2nd-10th
Join us for the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific (SVAP) FilmFest which is going virtual this year! AARP California is a proud sponsor of SVAP FilmFest to help bring you a variety of Asian Pacific film, art, music and important discussion. Learn more HERE.

Caregivers Count – Virtual Conference: October 3rd
Join us for Caregivers Count fourth of four (4 of 4) FREE virtual sessions hosted by Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County. The conference is designed for families and friends caring for their loved ones and will cover well-being, finance, tools and more. Learn more and register HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Soul Stroll for Your Health: October 3rd
Join us for Soul Stroll for Your Health 2020 hosted by the Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council (BACHAC).  Celebrate movement and community as we work together to increase awareness about good nutrition and physical activity and work toward eliminating health disparities. Learn more and register HERE.

Senior Planet Digital Inclusion Week: October 6th & 8th
Join as for Digital Inclusion Week hosted by Senior Planet as we bring two unique and free virtual workshops to you! Learn more HERE.

  • Navigating These Uncharted Frontiers (October 6th at 10am PT) – Join us via Zoom ( to hear from Susan Nash, Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, on the art of fact-checking in a world of fake news. The discussion will also center around digital literacy— what does it mean, and what do you need to know? Please rsvp at
  • The "New Normal" of Virtual Connection (October 8th at 2pm PT) – Join us via Zoom ( to hear from Joran Sun, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Jose on how the world of online access has explored in 2020 and what it means for older adults. Please rsvp at

KBLX Self-Care Soul Sessions with Nikki Thomas – Virtual Meditation and More: October 8th and October 22nd

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Join us for Self-Care Soul Sessions with Nikki Thomas presented by AARP California. Take 30-minutes for yourself to practice self-care from the comfort of your own home! Participate in guided live-yoga and meditations and learn about resources and tools to help you during these challenge times. Join us live on Facebook Thursday, October 8th and Thursday, October 22nd at 5:30p.m. PT by following and visiting 102.9 KBLX or AARP California’s Facebook pages. Learn more HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Webinar Wednesday – Villalobos Brothers Journey into Jazz Music: October 14th
Join us for a Facebook Live conversation with Ernesto Villalobos as we learn more about the Villalobos Brothers’ journey into music and how you can watch them live from home. Tune-in to AARP California’s Facebook page at 3 p.m. PT on Wednesday, October 14 or watch the recording anytime thereafter. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Santa Clara County Homeowner Education and Protection Workshop: October 15th
Join us for a homeowner education and protection workshop hosted by Senior Adults Legal Assistance (SALA). Learn about protecting the equity in your home, reverse mortgages, scams and undue influence, MediCal recovery and more. Register HERE. This virtual event is free and intended for Santa Clara County residents.

Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care Conference: October 16th & 17th
Join the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care Conference (CACCC) for two educational programs: one for healthcare professionals on October 16th and the second for Chinese American community members on October 17th. Additional details forthcoming. Learn more HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Avenidas Empowerment & Connections LGBTQ Conference: October 17th
Join us for a FREE inspirational online conference hosted by Avenidas and designed for members, friends and supporters of the LGBTQ Community. Learn about honoring your physical and mental health during the current environment, and attend breakout sessions focused on inclusive housing, legal issues, overcoming discrimination and more! Register HERE. This virtual event is free and open to the public.

2020 Silver SPUR Awards: October 27th  
Join us for the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) Silver Awards as we virtually recognize outstanding individuals whose achievements exemplify the highest aspirations of the San Francisco Bay Area and help make communities more livable for people of all ages. Learn more and register HERE.  This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Six Pillars of Brain Health Workshop: October 30th
Join AARP’s Six Pillars of Brain Health workshop to learn about the six pillars of a brain-healthy lifestyle, share your brain-boosting activities and be inspired by others. This session is a good overview for anyone interested in improving their brain health and will provide you with actionable steps you can take along with resources to learn more. Learn more and register HERE.  This virtual event is free and open to the public.

San Jose Resident Survey - Help Shape The City
From September 30 through October 16, San José residents can help shape the future of San José by completing an online survey found at:

The survey, conducted by the National Research Center in coordination with the City Auditor, includes questions about City services provided to residents as well as the quality of life in San José. The survey asks questions like:

  • How safe do you feel in your neighborhood?
  • Would you recommend living in San José to someone who asks?
  • Do you think the city generally acts in the best interest of the community?

The survey also asks for feedback on the many services provided by the City, including parks, libraries, police, and fire.

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 
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network works to stop fraud and scams and protect individuals, especially as criminals leverage pandemic fears to take advantage of victims. 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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