News from Piedmont: An Evening of Art and Entertainment

Residents at Piedmont Senior Apartments in North Hollywood, CA, recently enjoyed an evening of Art and Entertainment.

Our talented acting students received a standing ovation after a reading of original scenes written by the class and by acting teacher Nancy Georgini (fourth from left).

The beautiful artwork made by our talented residents, on display.

~ Lorraine Pope, Program Director


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News from ACE/121: “Quiet, Please” Art Show Closes 1/6

Last chance to see the QUIET PLEASE COLLECTIVE Art Show at ACE/121 GALLERY in Glendale, CA!

Please join us at the gallery for our special closing hours on Saturday, January 6th, from 12 to 4 PM. Enjoy the work from this exciting group of young Glendale and LA based artists (quietly) making a noise. Curated by Leo Eguiarte and Melly Trochez.

View the featured work (below) by David Jien, commissioned for the book review of Spaceman of Bohemia, written by Jaroslav Kalfar, and selected as one of the top illustrations of the year by the New York Times. Matt Dorfman, Art Director at the Times, commented, “Fleeing marital problems in space is no easier than confronting them on Earth. Because in space you have to contend with giant mutant spiders, which may or may not be specters conjured by your own guilt.”

ACE/121 Gallery
121 N. Kenwood Street
Glendale, CA 91206
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News from Sterling Court: Holiday Potluck

At Sterling Court Senior Apartments in Anaheim, CA, EngAGE Program Assistant Nicole Galardo and Sterling Court Property Manager Jasmine Sanchez break bread with the residents during the Holiday Potluck. What better way to celebrate the Holiday Season than with food, friends, and fun?!

~ Essence Parker, Regional Program Director


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News from Tavarua:

Our friends at Volunteer Action for Aging, a SCAN Community Service, and EngAGE collaborated to offer a morning of writing letters to the troops. Residents at Tavarua Senior Apartments in Carlsbad, CA, could either write their own heartfelt message or sign their names to one that was pre-written. Such a wonderful morning of being thankful for what we all have because of our service people.

~ Tracy Freeburg, Program Director


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News from Long Beach Senior Arts Colony: Holiday Celebrations

Bring on the joy! LBSAC residents in Long Beach, CA, celebrated the season with three festive events: a holiday jewelry and crafts sale in the main lobby; an “All that Jazzy Holiday Soiree,” produced by resident diva Gwendolyn, who was joined by her talented daughter in the Piano Lobby; and a holiday recipe swap with yuletide picture posing that was held during the Impact Meal.

The Impact Meal is the LBSAC weekly free food meal program that started last March. The food is provided by L.A. Kitchen and Laura Sardisco, EngAGE Social Services Coordinator, sets it up each week for the residents. Learn more about the Impact L.A. program here.

~ Helene Weinberg, Program Director


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New Medicare Cards Coming in 2018

Good news! To help prevent fraud, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin issuing new Medicare cards in April 2018 that no longer include your Social Security number. The Social Security numbers will be replaced by a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). The cards will be mailed to your address on file with the Social Security Administration,  so make sure your contact information is accurate.

It will take 12 months to mail new cards to all Medicare beneficiaries. During this time, keep in mind that Medicare will never request personal or private information, so be wary of anyone contacting you about the new card or MBI. Once you receive your new card, destroy the old card immediately.

There are other changes you should know about, too. Read more on the NCOA Blog.


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Happy New Year!

2016 New Year - NYPL

From the postcard collection of the New York Public Library.

Best wishes from the EngAGE team!


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Holiday Fun: How a Crystal-Covered Ball Became a Symbol of the New Year

Do you watch the ball drop at midnight in Times Square on New Year’s Eve? Ever wonder how that tradition started? Click here to learn how a crystal-covered ball became a symbol of the New Year!


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Holiday Fun: Rockwell and Dalí on Holiday Cards

Read about Hallmark’s efforts to put the work of famous artists on Christmas cards of the 1940s and ’50s: Hallmark Once Gave Works by Rockwell and Dalí to the Masses

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons, sk



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Experience Talks 12/31: On Hiatus – Back in January!

A Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener


We’re on hiatus this week for special holiday programming by KPFK, but we’ll be back in January with new shows and old favorites. See you then!



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