Events, Training & Conferences

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Thursday, February 15
National Village Day
With more recognition for villages comes more opportunities for funding, and the ability to help thousands more older adults thrive where they choose to live with meaningful connections to their communities. Let us advance the village movement so that millions more older adults can benefit.

This is an excellent opportunity to promote the work your village does to create communities of care and support for the older adults you serve. Use our social media tools kit, incorporate National Village Day into existing events, and reach out to local media and elected officials about your activities.

 

March 25-28
American Society on Aging’s annual conference in San Francisco
Village Movement California & Ashby Village will be presenting the following:

Foundations and Features of a Successful, 21st Century Village Movement
The village model is being adapted to the 21st century needs of California’s diverse older adult and caregiver population. The Master Plan for Aging, research on California’s Missing Middle, and the framework proscribing impactful social connection intervention are essential ingredients for scaling the movement. A web based and high touch Village Incubator is accelerating BIPOC, LGBT, and rural village development, while a volunteer-based technology program is connecting isolated older adults to intentional community and its services.

Conference details here.

 

Tuesday, April 30
Caregiver’s Journey: The Roadmap to 2030
Save the date for this in-person conference and advocacy day in Sacramento. Californians aged 60 and older will comprise 25% of the population in 2030. Family caregivers and their allies are invited to join Village Movement California and our partner the California Coalition on Family Caregiving for a morning session and discussion on how we can support Californian older adults, family caregivers, and the role of the CA Master Plan for Aging. After lunch, participants will have an opportunity to meet with their elected representatives and the offices of key committees about caregiving and long-term services and supports.

In advance of this event, there will be two webinars:

  • February 27th— “Data Trends on Family Caregiving and Aging in California—What this tells us about the needs of Californians,” including the cost of Long-Term Services and Supports
  • April 23th— “Advocacy 101 and Tips for Meeting with Your Representative”

 

Thursday – Friday, September 12 & 13
VMC’s 6th Annual Statewide Conference
Save the date for our annual conference which will be held in La Jolla, CA! More information on the agenda, tickets, lodging, and sponsorship opportunities to come.

 

Ongoing
Best Practice Caregiving Resource: Two New Dementia Care Programs Added in Multiple Languages
Best Practice Caregiving has added two dementia care evidence-based programs to their resource database of proven dementia programs for family caregivers. The newly added programs are Caregiver: Thrive, Learn and Connect (Caregiver TLC) and Tele-Savvy.

These evidence-based programs are offered remotely and in several languages.


Advocacy Workshops:

Our Advocacy workshops better equip villages in building relationships with local and state legislators and partnering with the key agencies in their local and regional aging services network.

Past Events in 2023

Meet your Legislator! Our session was filled with positive and practical advice on engaging your village’s elected officials. Having our village voices heard is crucial and VMC has some information and tools to help make that happen!  

Watch Webinar |View Slides

Thank you Leza Coleman, Legislative Director for the California Commission on Aging and VMC board member, Erick Larson, Executive Director of Village of Sonoma Valley and VMC board member, and Carolyn Ross, Interim Executive Director at VMC for holding this workshop. 

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) 101 with Joseph Cobery, Executive Director of Passages AAA serving Butte and surrounding counties, will talk about the structure and function of the AAAs and share specifics on reaching out to your local AAA to engage them around the village model and the specific needs of your village.
View Slides  |  Watch Webinar

Upcoming Events in 2024

  • Caregiver Resource Centers 101, Independent Living Centers 101, Aging and Disability Resource Centers 101
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PAST EVENTS:

5th Annual Statewide Conference

In June 2023, over 100 village leaders, stakeholders, and sponsors joined the Village Movement California staff and board in Oakland at our annual conference, Fulfilling Our Potential.

The presentations and conversations about the needs of middle-income Californianscare and caregiving, and the importance of advocacy were intended to equip us to better understand, and articulate, how villages support and change lives. It is time for us to stake a claim within the larger aging services continuum so that our movement is valued as a solution to the challenges facing California and its older people.

Click here for video-recordings and full conference recap.


 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Monthly Workshop Series

Fourth Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:30 am February – April 2023

Growth of our movement requires that we expand our communities to reflect California’s diverse populations of older adults. We’ve been talking about this truth for several years, searching for steps we can take. This series will highlight the work three villages – Pasadena, Ashby, and San Francisco – are taking on to engage new audiences of potential village members and volunteers.

 

February 22 Pasadena Village Recording
March 22 San Francisco Village Recording
April 26 Ashby Village Recording

 


On Demand Training

Recordings of  web based workshops covering a range of topics are available on the member dashboard. You must be a member of Village Movement California to gain access. Join here.

 

Palos Verdes Peninsula Village members at a barbershop quartet event

Member Spotlight

Palos Verdes Peninsula Village

Palos Verdes Peninsula Village provides a community where members continue to grow, engage with one another, and age with independence, dignity and purpose.  Through volunteers and referrals, we provide support and services for members who have chosen to live in the communities and homes they love as they get older. Our mission is to preserve and enhance the comfort, security, dignity and sense of belonging for older residents who wish to continue to live on the Peninsula.