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Solo Aging! A 2-part series presented by Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and Institute on Aging

November 5, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Thursday, November 5th, 11:30am-12:30 p.m. 

Two Thursdays: A 2-part series presented by Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and Institute on Aging

Part 1: Living Alone in Older Age: Strategies From the Field

Date: Thursday, November 5th, 11:30am-12:30 p.m.  (1.0 CEs available)

Presenter: Dr. Elena Portacolone, UCSF

Drawing from a decade of in-depth and rigorous interviews with more than 100 older adults living alone in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Elena Portacolone, an Italian-born sociologist at UCSF, will share the insights, strategies, and pitfalls she learned.  We will also hear about her visits with older adults in Denmark and Italy, countries with stronger welfare systems than the United States.

Dr. Elena Portacolone is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Health and Aging at UCSF and a Pepper Center Scholar at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Portacolone is also an alumna of the Butler-Williams program at the National Institute on Aging and of the Health Disparities Institute at the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Turin, Italy. After working in the corporate sector in the United Kingdom, she completed an MPH degree at School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, an MBA degree at the Haas Business at UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Science at UCSF.

Part 2: Tips and Tools to Be a Successful Solo-Ager

Date: Thursday, November 12th, 1-2:30 p.m.  (1.5 CEs available)

Presenter: Betty Burr, MA, Gerontology

Are you a “solo-ager?” If you’re over 50 with no partner, or your family is geographically or emotionally remote, then yes…you are! Experts say over 20% of baby boomers fall into this solo-ager category – double that of previous generations. As a “solo” you have special challenges because older adults traditionally have relied upon adult children for help. While everyone needs to plan carefully for later life, solo-agers need an added layer of planning.

The current high-pressure, isolated, shelter-in-place time has given us a taste of what the solo future could be like. Now is the perfect time to be sure you’ve done your planning, identified your advocate, created your support team and completed the necessary paperwork. Get started working on these decisions in a workshop with Solo-Ager Retirement Coach Betty Burr, walk away with an action plan.

Betty Burr, MA, Solo-Ager Retirement Coach, Betty Burr holds an MA in Gerontology from San Francisco State University, is a solo-ager herself and a trained retirement coach who helps older adults identify their plans and passions for the later part of life. She has been leading solo-ager workshops for the past six years, both privately, and at the SF library, the JCCSF, Peninsula JCC and SF Village. Betty has been a small business owner, consultant, and coach for over 30 years. She believes planning ahead is the most critical success factor since solo-agers need to be more specific about their wishes for later life than other older adults. Betty is currently running a series of seminars on tools for successful solo-aging.

Register for either or both classes here:


After registering, you will receive your Zoom link from JCCSF within 48 hours of each event.


November 5, 2020
11:30 am - 12:30 pm


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