PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Empowered Aging Monthly Speakers Series

Community Partners in Caring and the University Club of Santa Barbara announce ‘Aging in Place: Exploring three Models’ program that will take place on February 13th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the University Club of Santa Barbara, 1332 Santa Barbara St., 93101.

Vilma P. Contreras, MBA, the Executive Director for Community Partners in Caring, will be the featured speaker. A graduate of UCLA and California Lutheran University, Ms. Contreras has worked in the non profit sector for nearly 21 years.

According to US Census projections, the number of people age 65 and over will reach a historic high of 20% within the next 15 years. Locally, research published by Santa Barbara County’s Association of Governments indicates that seniors will become the second largest age group in the county at almost 25%. Nationwide, various models are being explored to help older American “age in place.” Join us to learn about and discuss three of these models.

Topics to be covered include: Co-Housing: Designed to emphasize social contact and support among community members while preserving and respecting individual privacy; Livable Communities: Affordable homes with appropriate resources, such as transportation, that enhance personal independence; and, Volunteer Programs: Community networks that engage volunteers in the provision of support services, such as transportation, social activities, light cleaning and more.

Community Partners in Caring is a 21-year old agency designed to help seniors live independently while maintaining dignity, respect and quality of life. Joni Meisel, member of the South County Advisory Council of Community Partners in Caring, says “The Empowered Aging Speakers Series continues to be a stimulating and valuable addition to our local community We are delighted that this signature program is being continued by Community Partners in Caring and the University Club of Santa Barbara.”

The Empowered Aging Speakers Series takes place on the second Tuesday of each month (except December) at the University Club of Santa Barbara, and is free and open to the public. Please join us Tuesday, February 13 for this month’s presentation ‘Aging in Place: Exploring Three Models’. Please RSVP by Monday, February 11. Call Anna McCutcheon, Community Partners in Caring at (805) 925-0125 or

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