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Welcome to Village Santa Cruz County (VSCC), a non-profit, grassroots membership organization. We are a network of Santa Cruz city and county residents with a vision of aging as an active, empowering time of growing and learning, as important and meaningful as any other time of our life.

In the midst of COVID-19, wildfire recovery, and power shutoffs, California’s Villages continue to provide the community, supports, and expertise older adults rely on to live confidently and independently in the places they call home. Watch our video about the value Villages bring to members, volunteers, families, and communities.




"Staying connected to Village Circle members and dear friends through Zoom events and service blesses my life immeasurably in this time of sheltering at home with my doggie pal, Coco"
- Jacqueline, Village Santa Cruz County




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Our goal is a vibrant, caring community, neighbors of all ages helping each other, so we can stay living in our homes and engaged in our community, through all the transitions of aging. 


~  COVID-19 Resources  ~


Californians 65+ Now Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine - to Effectively and Efficiently Increase Vaccine Distribution, Reduce Hospitalizations and Save Lives. California has lowered the age of eligibility for the next phase of vaccine distribution (1B) from 75+ to 65+. Our county is still in the 1A phase (distribution to front line workers and long-term care facilities). Learn More

COVID-19 Cases in Santa Cruz County - Here are the Latest Figures


AARP: A One-Stop Information Guide on COVID-19 for ALL Californians:

Download Resource Card: English Version  Spanish Version

Scammers and Vaccines:
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), California's Medicare fraud watchdog, has an important message:

"With the vaccine rolling into California this week, fraudsters are always looking for ways to prey on Medicare beneficiaries.  Our SMP program created a new infographic and flyer alert about COVID vaccine scams.”



~  CA Master Plan for Aging  ~

California Master Plan for Aging Completed This includes a 10-year blueprint for promoting healthy aging—including Five Bold Goals for building housing for all ages, improving access to health services, providing inclusive opportunities for seniors to live and work without fear of abuse and neglect, bolstering the caregiving workforce, and increasing economic security for aging Californians. The Master Plan's Five Bold Goals are driven by 23 Strategies and powered by 100+ Action-Ready Initiatives for leaders in government, business, philanthropic, and community-based organizations to collaborate on creating age-friendly communities for all Californians.
Five Bold Goals:
Goal #1: Housing for All Ages and Stages
Goal #2: Health Reimagined
Goal #3: Inclusion and Equity, not Isolation       
Strategy D: Opportunities to Volunteer and Engage Across Generations, Initiatives for 2021 – 2022: “Promote and adapt Village Models for older adult volunteerism and services, building on the strengths of California’s diverse communities.”
Goal #4: Caregiving That Works

Goal #5: Affording Aging




~ Shelter-in-Place Distractions ~
 
Get Moving at home
Join some of the virtual recreation activities offered by our Parks and Recreation department especially for seniors.  (click on the link)
Many of the activities require Zoom, but this 25-minute senior exercise video you can play at anytime.



~  Villages in the News ~

KTVU TV News featured Andy Gaines from Ashby Village in this recent coronavirus newstory


Hotel Oakland Village, formed in 2011, is the first low-income senior village to join our organization. With almost 400 residents in the historic Hotel Oakland, the village is focused on combatting the negative health effects of senior isolation.

In collaboration with Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Johns-Hopkins, AARP, and senior health professionals this village provides a wide range of valued medical and social services to all village members. The many programs offered and the high rates of participation have successfully reduced isolation among the Hotel Oakland Village residents. Their motto is “Participation = Good Health”.

Take a look inside this unique village by watching their introductory video here
~  Presentation Literature ~


Village Santa Cruz County 
1740 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 824-2404

 

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