News from Vermont Family Apartments: Fitness

In Fitness Class at Vermont Family Apartments in Los Angeles, CA, residents discussed the importance of stretching their bodies before any type of physical activities, even getting out of bed in the morning and before getting ready to start the day. Instructor Mirta demonstrated light stretches for the neck and shoulder area, as well as full leg stretches and exercises, and then asked residents to try the movements, too. These women were up to the challenge!

~ Sandra Vargas, Regional Program Director


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Sharing Resources

We’re building a Resources Page on our EngAGE website and would like to invite you to contribute. If you read an article or see a post that contains valuable information about creative aging, changing how we think about aging, intergenerational experiences, living in community, health issues affecting older people, or anything else you think is relevant, please feel free to share a link with us. If you discover organizations that we should know about, please share those links, too. You can comment here on the blog, or email We’d like to create a rich source of knowledge that will benefit all of us. Thank you!


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Welcome to the Team: Tracy Freeburg

EngAGE is delighted to welcome TRACY FREEBURG to our team! Tracy joined EngAGE in 2015 as a Program Assistant  (a position she holds now at Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments in San Clemente, CA), and she has recently been named Program Director at Tavarua Senior Apartments in Carlsbad, CA.

Tracy is an Iowa native, but being married to a US Marine has given her the opportunity to live in many different locations. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Leisure Services with a minor emphasis in non-profit organizations, from the University of Northern Iowa. She has held positions planning events for the Fiesta Bowl, teaching fitness classes at the YMCA, and serving as an x-ray technician and medical assistant.

Tracy and her husband have three young boys named Jakob, Kael, and Myles. In her free time she likes spending time with family, exercising, and enjoying the beautiful Southern California weather and beaches. She appreciates the opportunity to get to know the amazing residents at the EngAGE communities she serves.


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Medicare Open Enrollment: October 15 through December 7

Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. This is the time to compare plans for 2018 and make sure you have the coverage that’s right for you at a price you can afford.

You cannot use Open Enrollment to enroll in Part A and/or Part B for the first time (do that here), but here’s what you can do during open enrollment:

  • Anyone who has Medicare Parts A or B can join or drop a Part D prescription drug plan.
  • Anyone with Original Medicare (Parts A & B) can switch to a Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Anyone with Medicare Advantage can drop it and switch back to Original Medicare (Parts A & B).
  • Anyone with Medicare Advantage can switch to a new Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Anyone with a Part D prescription drug plan can switch to a new Part D prescription drug plan.

Visit the National Council on Aging’s helpful website devoted to Medicare issues for more information.


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News from Burbank Senior Artists Colony: Jazz Entertainment

At Burbank Senior Artists Colony in Burbank, CA, the incredibly talented Happiness Jazz Band entertained residents with a two hour set. Everyone made requests, and sang and danced along to the beautiful music.

Residents Marie Claire and Steve slow danced to a Frank Sinatra song.

~ Megan Hocking, Program Director


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News from Pacific Avenue Arts Colony: “Four Sight” Art Show Opening 11/2

Celebrating the 20th year of First Thursday Art Walk in San Pedro, CA!

On November 2nd, starting at 6 pm, Pac Arts will open their gallery doors for this special show featuring four female artists who have an an ever-evolving eye on art. “Four Sight” casts a light on how we see ourselves, what we long for, and what we leave behind. The exhibit runs through January, 2018.

The “Four Sight” opening reception is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Helene Weinberg, Program Director:

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

California Arts Council


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Experience Talks Podcast Now Posted: Larry Brilliant

We’re on hiatus during the KPFK Fall Fund Drive.

Please take this opportunity to listen to a podcast of our show from May 7th featuring Larry Brilliant with host Dr. Connie Corley. Dr. Brilliant’s most recent book, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History, is now available in paperback.



LARRY BRILLIANT is a physician, epidemiologist, technologist, author, and the former director of Google’s philanthropic arm, Dr. Brilliant participated in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program, and he is co-founder of the Seva Foundation which partners worldwide to create self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight. Learn more about him here.





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News from Cotton’s Point: Art Show and Afternoon Tea

On October 11th the residents of Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments in San Clemente, CA, celebrated their art with an afternoon tea.

Artist Christine Barone taught a three month “Art for Healing” workshop. Participants immersed themselves in a class that encouraged them to make art based on their emotions, resulting in work that ranged from abstract paintings to collage. For their culminating event, attendees shared their work with the Cotton’s Point community.

Additionally, residents have been meeting twice a week, quilting, painting, and crafting. They did more than proudly display their finished products; their enthusiasm and dedication was clearly exhibited, too.

Everyone enjoyed tea sandwiches and dessert while viewing the beautiful show. The appreciation and smiles of viewers were noted by all. The 2017 Cotton’s Point art show was a success!

~ Tracy Freeburg and Jennifer Fallon, Program Directors


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The Huntington Opens in Morgan Hill, CA

Tim Carpenter, EngAGE CEO/Founder, was in Morgan Hill in Northern California on October 10th, and shared this: “With Nancy Goodhart (EngAGE CAO) today at the Grand Opening of EngAGE’s newest community of seniors, our first in Northern California, with Community Development Partners and Art from the Ashes, two great collaborators.”
Also celebrating the opening of The Huntington were Joy Feuer, ART from the Ashes; Eric Paine, Community Development Partners; Steve Tate, Mayor, City of Morgan Hill; Kyle Paine, Community Development Partners; and many others involved in the development of this beautiful new property. Learn more here.

Steve Tate, Mayor, City of Morgan Hill, cuts the ribbon.

Eric Paine, Community Development Partners


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Photos from the First Annual EngAGE Community Cup

The First Annual EngAGE Community Cup (formerly Senior Olympics) was held in September at Cerritos Park East in Cerritos, CA. Congratulations to all of the enthusiastic participants and medalists, and a special hat tip to the team from Long Beach Senior Arts Colony who took home the most medals, earning them the championship trophy. The team got some great press in The Grunion, the community newspaper/website for Long Beach: Long Beach Seniors Take Home Gold At EngAGE Community Cup

Special thank you to all of our generous sponsors and our hard-working volunteers! And three cheers for the EngAGE staffers who made sure the day ran smoothly.

We had the good fortune to have some great photographers document the event this year. It was hard to choose photos to showcase on the blog (scroll down), so all of the photos are available in two albums on our Flickr Page: Album 1 features photos from Byron Taylor and Cindy Duggar. Album 2 features photos from Brevin Blanch for Integrity Housing. Thank you so much for your time and talent, photographers!

We also have a special surprise: a drone video! Thanks to Integrity Housing photographer Brevin Blanch for this treat.

Here’s a sample of the fine photography that captured some of the excitement of the First Annual EngAGE Community Cup. This first batch of photos is from Byron Taylor and Cindy Dugger. Click on any photo to enlarge it.

This next batch of photos is from Brevin Blanch for Integrity Housing. Click on any photo to enlarge it.

A memorable event, beautifully captured. Well done, everyone! We’ll see you next year!


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