All are welcome to attend!
We meet on the 3rd Wednesday
of Each Month: 9:00-10:30am
Finley Community Center,
2060 W. College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
“The Sonoma County Section on Aging is a coalition of agencies, organizations and individuals concerned with the well-being of older adults and the education of our members. As a network alliance, we advocate for and promote the development, coordination, and implementation of older adult services in Sonoma County.”
Matt Gurwell is the developer of the nationally-recognized “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program. He currently lectures throughout the United States on topics related to the aging process and its effects on driving skills.
As developer of this life-saving program, Matt’s mission is to provide strategies and guidance to seniors that will help them to continue driving safely until the decision is made to retire from their driving career. The “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program also provides an excellent array of services and resources for both families and professionals as they deal with this very sensitive issue. Matt retired from a very distinguished and successful 24-year career as an Assistant District Commander with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. After leaving the Patrol, Matt has participated in a tremendous amount of work in the area of older driver research, best practices, current vehicle safety technologies, and adaptive equipment.
Matt’s creative, innovative and common sense approach, combined with his uncanny ability to bring calm and resolve to stressful situations without ever jeopardizing the dignity of others, has contributed greatly to the success of the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program. When asked what the ultimate motivation was for starting the program, Matt explains: “There was never one particular event. It was the result of 20-plus years of holding dying people in my arms at terrible car accidents, and delivering dozens and dozens of death notifications to families. I would much rather work with families to bring a peaceful resolve to this sensitive and uncomfortable issue now, rather than have them deal with it when a State Trooper is knocking on their front door”.
Matt serves as Senior Care Authority’s Program Director for the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program. Senior Care Authority is now the nation’s exclusive provider of the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program.
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Charlotte Carlson, M.D., MPH is a UCSF-trained geriatrician and internal medicine physician committed to improving the lives of those with serious illness and disability. She is a nationally recognized Tideswell Emerging Leader in Aging with expertise in directing medical teams to integrate primary medical care with supportive social services and home care. Her team’s goal […]
A Response to Covid 19: Rethinking Aging in Place–what we have learned from the pandemic what we can do to “flatten the curve” of healthcare costs for seniors Our event speaker is Louis Tenenbaum Louis Tenenbaum is a nationally recognized professional and founder of the non-profit HomesRenewed Resource Center, a coalition of business, consumers and nonprofits, driving […]
The F Word No One Wants to Talk About Tackling the persistent problem of older adult falls We’ll cover: • Why fall prevention programs aren’t succeeding • The impact of COVID on fall rates • A better way to screen for fall risk and measure results in real time. Andrea Case-Rogers is the Chief Experience Officer […]
“Maintaining a Positive Mindset” Our featured speaker is: Jennifer Silverstein, CPC, ACC,Founder & ManagerBeWell Network, LLC We find ourselves in uncharted territory, navigating a “new normal” as the world deals with the global pandemic. In her presentation, Jennifer Silverstein, creator of the Be Well Method, will share with us some helpful strategies to maintain a […]
We are excited to be able to host our next meeting via Zoom, Wednesday, April 15 at 9:00am. Watch your email for an invite, or email us for the meeting code at firstname.lastname@example.org Our speaker will be Marjorie Favuzzi. She will speak about Tapping, and lead us through some exercises. The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) […]
Ron Pavelka, president, Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce Ron Pavelka is a native of the Golden State and 35 year resident of Sonoma County. Prior to joining his wife and business partner Jane Pavelka in the Real Estate business in 2005, he worked in the recreational scuba diving business for over 30 years as an diving […]
Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 Jacob Brown, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, will be speaking on Navigating the 3 M’s of Aging: Meaning, Mourning, and Memory Loss The world likes to think of seniors as happy and carefree retirees. But in reality, aging is very stressful. Every aspect of an individual’s life is undergoing change. Activities […]
John Wotring will be speaking onDementia: Experimental and Current Treatments John Wotring, a Sebastopol native, specializes in services for the elderly with memory loss for more than 20 years. He and his father started Primrose Alzheimer’s Living and The Primrose Living Fund to care for their family and their community with similar needs. Primrose, unlike […]
Nico Spann’s mission is to help others find peace and relief through cannabis. He dedicates his work to his mother and every other cancer victim/survivor, and has a desire to share the knowledge to everyone who wants to learn. Moonflower Delivery is a family-owned business and our mission is to change stigma through education, and providing the highest […]
Our featured speaker Chris McAdam, Kaiser Permanente Assistant Medical Group Administrator, will be speaking on Self Resilience Don’t forget to invite your neighbor, your club president, your friends or people who have no idea what Sonoma County offers older adults, their families and caregivers.