Aging in Place SubCmte Speaker Series Archive

The Mar Vista Community Council Aging in Place Committee brought a wide range of expertise related to aging – starting with seniors themselves, professionals in services and non-profits, those providing care to senior family members and those who are planning for our own senior years. The minutes are detailed with a great deal of information and links and posted here as a community resource.

Ms. Laura Trejo, General Manager of Los Angeles Dept. of Aging - overview of department programs and services. (12/18/14)
Marlene Grossman and Lauri Crane of Move LA - Measure R2 and how it relates to aging (1/15/15)
Rachel Caraviello, VP, Programs and Services, Affordable Living for the Aging - Senior roommate and home sharing (2/19/15)
Joe Barnes, California Field Organizer with Compassion and Choices - proposed death with dignity bill (3/19/15)
Carol Oike Kitabayashi, Executive Director of Westchester Playa Village - The Village concept of volunteer services to seniors (4/16/15)
Senior Scam Stopper Seminar - presentations by Senior Scams Stopper Theater Troupe, California Public Utilities Commission, Contractors State Licensing Board, and State Controller’s office (5/21/15)
Birgitta Kastenbaum - Choices and options, Advanced Health Care Directive, POLST (6/18/15)
Dr. Anat Louis, LA Dept. of Aging's Program Development Director - overview of programs offered (7/16/15)
Tricia Keane, Director of Land Use and Planning from the office of Councilmember Mike Bonin – the role the Metro plays in senior affordable housing (8/20/15)
Barry A. Sikov, Life & Health Plan Advisor – The A, B, C, & D's of Medicare - How to Migrate from the Pre-65 Health Plans, including Employer Sponsored Plans, to the wonderful world of Medicare
Birgitta Kastenbaum of Bridging Transitions - Exploring options for final arrangements and after death care
Frances Sotcher of Unity Hearth on Intentional Living Communities (Co-Housing)
Allison Beale presented options on how to hire a caregiver and get the tools to hire a caregiver on your own, through an agency, or a list service. 
Sheila Moore, Sr. Director of Comprehensive Older Adult Services Jewish Family Services – "How to make the most of your trip back home"
Lilly Ortiz of LA Metro on their On the Move Riders Club
Monica Moore of UCLA Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research - presentation and minutes
Affordable Living for the Aging  roommates in Mar Vista to lead a discussion group, Q&A about their program 
Our Time Bank - Christy Wilhelmi and Jim Tate - presentation and minutes
Wise and Healthy Aging - Molly Davies, Vice President Elder Abuse Prevention and Ombudsman Services, as the representative who will conduct the presentation that evening.
Charles Guinn, Certified Aging in Place Specialist on reverse mortgages - educating homeowners in the various uses of the reverse mortgage, when not to get one, and answer any questions that we may have. Handout with reverse mortgage info. 
Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative for Mayor Eric Garcetti gave a brief overview with Q&A on Age-FriendlyCityInitiative: PurposefulAgingLA 
Joe Barnes, Compassion & Choices – understanding the new CA End of Life Option Act minutes. PDF of presentation posted here. 
Officer Juan Galvan -CHP presentation on Age Well Drive Smart. The program is designed to reduce accidents and pedestrian deaths and injuries experienced by older Californians and to increase seniors’ alternate transportation options when driving is no longer an option.
Carol Hahn, MSN, RN, RYT, CPT, CDP -  tools that support making the journey with a loved one with dementia as positive as possible; Wellness and Fitness Nurse - helping people over 50 increase their quality of life.  Certified Dementia Practitioner
The Gift of a Downsized Home Guest presenter Robin Gurse Dennis of Got Clutter? guides you in how to have “the downsizing conversation” with your favorite senior. Robin addresses the impact on family members faced with years of physical possessions, suggests ways to prepare for the conversation, and provides an action plan you can personalize for your specific needs.
Senior Talk With Mike Bonin - CD11 Community Meeting Hosted by the Mar Vista Community Council Aging in Place Committee and Windward School on Nov., 22, 2016. Notes summarizing the meeting posted here. 
Emilia Crotty with LA Walks -  Safe Routes for Seniors 
Adriana MendozaAARP and Purposeful Aging LA - Community Listening Session 
Chief Armando Hogan of LAFD - LAFD and safety for older adults
Bonnie Davis on Senior Living Options - discussion about the CURRENT realities of options for aging seniors in the Los Angeles Area
Roz Dauber - Medical Marijuana: Understanding Cannabis as Medicine
Alzheimer’s of Greater LA - Making Home Safe for a Person with Alzheimer’s. This training helps caregivers understand, manage and improve the safety risk factors at home that can seriously impact individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia’s ability to stay at home and in the community for as long as possible.

Allison Beale – Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Susi Rodriguez Shapiro will conduct a workshop on Emergency Preparedness for Seniors. She will walk us through the completion of the File of Life and how to create a Go Kit

Future Speakers - 

  • September - Paola Cervantes of Voyages Preschool – presentation on the GrandPals intergenerational activity program with Grandview Senior Living and discussion of ways to mentor and replicate this throughout the community.
  • October - Maintaining Mobility and Independence in Persons with Dementia
    Carol Hahn is a Wellness and Fitness Nurse, and Community Educator at OPICA Adult Day Care Programs & Counseling Center.  She will discuss the importance of safe mobility and fall risk reduction that supports the health and quality of life of a person with dementia.  
  • November - Brent Gaisford will present on multifamily and co-living development in Los Angeles. Let’s talk about innovative living spaces and how they will support our ability to age in place in our community.  Brent is a partner in Upwell Real Estate Group ( They have broken ground on their first co-living property in Hollywood. 
  • December 21st - Anastasia Bacigalupo, Executive Director of Westside Center for Independent Living
  • January 18th – Birgitta Kastenbaum self-advocacy and tools to empower us to have a voice and be invested in our own health.


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