Collaborative on Positive Aging – COPA

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Americans are living longer than ever before. Are you prepared, financially and emotionally, for the challenges and opportunities that are inherent in this new reality?

The Collaborative on Positive Aging invites adults of all ages to participate in a 12-month workshop series designed to help them develop a personal longevity plan. These informative, practical, and interactive workshops will be facilitated by local professionals who are specialists in their fields. Topics to be covered include:  Relationships, Finances, Life Balance and Self-Care, Living Arrangements, Meaning and Purpose, Work and Volunteerism, and much more.

Each monthly workshop session is offered on two different days in two different locations – Petaluma and Santa Rosa.

In Petaluma, the meeting is held from 6:00-7:30 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and in Santa Rosa on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Check out the details of the current schedule here: Planning for Your Longevity Workshop Information.

COPA is a collaboration of representatives from agencies around Sonoma County, independent professionals, and interested members of the public. Our goal is to promote and facilitate positive aging in Sonoma County. To this end, we have joined together to explore ways to capitalize on, and accelerate, national interest in expanding opportunities and options for people in the second half of life. We envision Sonoma County becoming a national leader in the Positive Aging movement.

Do our goals resonate with you? Is this work worth your time and energy? To be successful, we will need your help. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month, 10:30-noon, at the Council on Aging facility. We encourage new members and active participation. Our work to date is summarized below, and thank you to all who participated in our survey.

For more information on joining us, please come to a meeting or email information@councilonaging.com

Check out results of the Positive Aging Survey Results 2012

The survey was taken during September and October 2012 and was conducted online, in print, and at more than 20 Positive Aging discussion groups at various locations around Sonoma County. It is noted that some themes occur in more than one category, as reflective of the numerous perceptions of the attendees.  Positive Aging Survey Results

The associated guide, “Resources on Positive Aging”, was assembled by members of the COPA team. It is by no means comprehensive, yet it does provide good inroads to the rapidly-growing body of work in the Positive Aging field. Resource Guide on Positive Aging, assembled by members of COPA.

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