AAI offers a free workshop on mental health and dementia called Detect&Connect². The workshop illustrates: how to detect behaviors, understand typical versus less common aging behaviors, connect with older adults, and use techniques to respond with empathy and compassion to concerning behaviors. The workshop also provides participants with information about support services in the community. Detect&Connect² was created and produced by the members of the Marin Aging Action Initiative’s Mental Health and Dementia Workgroup, and is funded through a grant from the Mental Health Services Act, Marin County. To learn more or schedule a workshop for your organization, contact AAI’s Detect&Connect coordinator, Ellen Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the interest form here.
AAI offers Inform&Connect academies every fall, a free training designed for help-desk, information hotline, front-line volunteers and staff who work with the public to provide information about programs and services for older people in Marin. Specialists share their expertise and resources through presentations and audience Q&A. Check our events page for dates of upcoming academies.
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The Aging Action Initiative is governed by a Steering Committee that meets quarterly to provide oversight and guidance to the overall direction. Committee members serve as advocates and ambassadors for AAI in the community and maintain a high degree of familiarity with the issues, concerns and trends in the aging sector.
Marta Villela, Registry Specialist (Bilingual Spanish/English)
Eli Gelardin, Executive Director
Juanita Edwards, Senior Services Coordinator
Girija Brilliant, Commissioner
Teri Dowling, Commissioner
Chantel Walker, Assistant Director of County Library Services
Lisa Santora, Deputy Public Health Officer
Skip Schwartz, Executive Director
Ruth Ramsey, Dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences
Michelle Javid, Manager of Business Development, Seniors at Home division
Lee Pullen, Director
Elizabeth Ury, Board Member
Sebastian Conn, Community Development Manager
Robert Betts, Director of Planning & Operations
Nancy Geisse, COO