Attitudes towards aging often blind us

posted Jun 2, 2017, 9:12 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 11:08 AM ]

Year of the Senior

Attitudes towards aging often blind us to the fact that millions of seniors are active, experienced, capable, and talented.

They want to continue to remain engaged, productive, and active. Sonoma County is a leader in making healthy aging a priority. In January 2017, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a plan that established 2017 as the Year of The Senior. Developed as a collaborative effort by the Economic Development Board and the Human Services Department, it is a celebration of the economic and social contributions of residents age 60+. The plan includes working with the Age-Friendly Sonoma County initiative and increasing community understanding and support for the challenges that seniors face. It also explores the economic potential of a growing senior population and provides support for businesses, government, and community organizations to expand opportunities for seniors. Participation is vital to positive aging. There are many great programs offered in our communities. A few of these opportunities are:

Age-Friendly Ambassadors

Age-Friendly Sonoma County is recruiting volunteer Age-Friendly Ambassadors to help assess, plan, and implement what can be done to make cities and communities throughout Sonoma County more livable for older adults. In 2016, Sonoma County was accepted into the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (the Global Network). Renee Tolliver with the Council on Aging serves as Sonoma County’s Age-Friendly Communities Coordinator. Renee facilitates a countywide volunteer steering committee and provides guidance to cities that want to join the Global Network and form their own task forces. Supported by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and overseen by Aging Together Sonoma County, Age-Friendly Sonoma County is a five-year effort. For information: Renee Tolliver at 707-525-0143 x124 or or visit

Senior Art Show

This year’s theme is “Year of the Senior” and the celebration of its 20th Anniversary. The Senior Art Show celebrates the creativity of Sonoma County seniors. The art show is a free event held at the Finley Center from July 18th through September 8th. A Cookies and Coffee reception to celebrate the talents of local seniors will be held at the Finley Center on July 20th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For information:

Area Senior Centers

Senior Centers specialize in positive programs that keep us engaged and active. Activities are varied: exercise, yoga, technology classes, social opportunities, art groups, writing courses, current events discussions, dance, and nutrition programs. Check out your local senior center and take advantage of some of these great programs. Let’s make aging something to embrace and celebrate in Sonoma County!

~ By Diane Spain, AAA Advisory Council