Aging Project


The Aging Project is an annual event to increase awareness and inspire action related to issues surrounding aging. The event focuses on bringing educators, clinicians, and community members together for thoughtful and informative dialogue.

The Aging Project: Conscious Caregiving in a Time of Isolation

Main Event Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021, 9:00AM-11:30AM

Details: Hosted via Zoom 

CEUS: 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available to Home Health Care workers.

How do we reimagine aging? This year’s Aging Project is an online event, providing access to experts in the fields of aging and mental health. The Aging Project speakers will provide insights on the isolation that occurs while caregiving, especially during these times. We will also explore mental health as we age, as well as personal shared experiences.

Keynote Speaker, Linda Abbit is the author of popular book, The Conscious Caregiverand is the former Community Outreach Manager for the Mind and Memory Outpatient Program at Mission Hospital. With a Masters in Education, she started the blog Tender Loving Eldercare, received the Caregiver of the Year Award by, and was nominated for excellence by Best Senior Living Awards.


Panel speakers include an expert in mental health and aging, Clinical Supervisor for Senior Peer Counseling at Wilshire Community Services, Dr. Sandra Thomas. Also joining the panel will be community members and advocates for aging, Bill and Anne Degnan. 


The Aging Project Miniseries are quarterly follow-up workshops to explore particular topics related to our 2021 Aging Project on a deeper level.

The Aging Project main event is just the start of the conversation. We hope you’ll join continued dialogue and education on these topics through smaller follow-up workshops. Look forward to connecting with key stakeholders, educators and professionals in the field of mental health and aging. Dates for the follow-up workshops are:

    • August 12, 2021
    • November 4, 2021
    • February 10, 2022

Finding the Normal After a Year of Isolation and Stress

Thursday, August 12, 2021, from 10:00 – 11:30 am

Hosted via Zoom

For many, re-entering the ‘normal’ world will carry unique challenges and stress – this will be especially true for older adults.  This quarter we will look at the stress of “opening up,” and what we can do to mitigate the stress of re-thinking our social interactions and finding new, healthy ways to re-engage.


Sharing Wisdom

Thursday, November 4, 2021, from 10:00 – 11:30 am

Hosted via Zoom

In this quarter’s session we will explore the far-reaching impact of a crisis on the life of one of our Central Coast neighbors. Together we will reflect on the ways events, people and aging encourage us to pass along our legacy to our community and future generations.

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Gil Stork, President Emeritus of Cuesta College, followed by an interactive discussion on creating an ethical will.


Friday, May 13, 2022

The Aging Project In-Person Event

Details coming soon!