Senior Spotlight

Senior Spotlight – March, 2020

by Judy Goddess


Inner Sunset Community Connectors – CANCELLED

The Inner Sunset Community Connectors program meets for exercise every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, 1:30-2:30, in the Community Hall at St. Anne of the Sunset, entrance on Funston between Irving and Judah. The second hour, 2:30-3:30 on Mondays and Thursday is devoted to conversation and classes.

On Thursday, March 12, Estelle Schneider, a physical therapist and holistic health educator, will lead an interactive session on lifestyle choices that can support your aging brain: nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep social engagement, ongoing learning, and managing your chronic illness.

Estelle will return a week later, March 19, to lead a discussion on fall prevention. As we age, changes in balance, vision, muscle strength, posture, and flexibility put us at risk for falls. This is your opportunity to learn simple measures and exercise to reduce your fall risk.

These programs and classes are free. For more information contact Marina Lazzara,

Senior Power CANCELLED

Senior Power is holding two special events during the month of March.

On Thursday, March 12, at 10 a.m., a speaker from Assessor Carmen Chu’s office will discuss Property Tax Savings for Seniors.  The presentation will be followed by Qigong exercises, a raffle and light refreshments. Senior Power meets at the Taraval Police Station, 2345 24thAve.

And on Wednesday, March 25, Senior Power has scheduled a Van Gogh shuttle bus trip to the Civic Center. A docent-led tour of City Hall will be followed by a visit to the office of District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar who represents the Outer Sunset. Later there will be time to visit the Civic Center Farmers Market and the book sale on the steps of the San Francisco Public Library. Bring your shopping bag so you can take advantage of the tour.

The bus is free, but space is limited to 12 participants, so you need to apply soon. Final deadline for completing the application form is March 12, 2020.

Contact Margaret Graf, the Senior Power coordinator for a registration form: opoygan1@yahoo.comor at (415) 652-4751.

On the Web: The Unlonely Project

Loneliness is as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  Lonely people are 50% more likely to die prematurely and to suffer from heart disease and other chronic health conditions.  Friends, family and connections are the best cure for reducing loneliness.

The Unlonely Project, a project of The Foundation for Art & Healing, uses creative arts to engage and connect people.

Every week, the Unlonely Project sends subscribers a film to view at home and a link to share their thoughts about the film and engage with other subscribers. Yours, the Valentine week’s film, a film actress and beauty star, now retired and in her old age, flirts with finding romance when she creates an online dating profile.

The film writer Maggie Brennan is an animator, cartoonist and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. She grew up on Long Island, NY and graduated from Oberlin College. Her animations have screened at a number of festivals including Maryland Film Festival, NoBudge Live, and GIPHY Film Fest. Her comics have been published by The New Yorker, The Fader, Inverse, and more.

Membership in the Unlonely Project and the films are free. Click on www.artandhealing.orgfor information on the project and to sign up for the films.

The Red Cross Free Smoke Alarm/Preparedness program has been busily installing free smoke alarms for senior SF residents in all neighborhoods.  They will be coming back to the Richmond and Sunset in next 3-4 weeks. If you would like to have free smoke alarms installed in your home, contact Bob Berger at 415-652-0847, or at

Judy Goddess is a reporter with SF Senior Beat. For more information, please visit or contact Judy at (415) 759-1994 or is sponsored in part by:

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