Thursday, 14 May 2015

Council on Aging- Orange County celebrated Cinco de Mayo with an intellectual bang!

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Council on Aging- Orange County celebrated Cinco de Mayo with an intellectual bang! At COAOC’s annual Engage in Life luncheon, Life Preservers, community partners and COAOC supporters all engaged in a conversation with leading HOAG neurologist, Dr. William R. Shankle.  Facilitated by Linda Hughes, of Hughes and Associates, Hughes and Dr. Shankle discussed the importance of maintaining a healthy brain and the need to “Work your body… Work your mind.” During the program Dr. Shankle shared with us what we can all do to care for our brains and stay engaged in life, like learning a new hobby, exercising and socializing.

The program included the incredible story of In Soo Lee, a senior served by COAOC. She exemplifies the Engage in Life philosophy through her perseverance, humility and love for life. If you missed her story, you can view it here.

CEO and President, Lisa Wright Jenkins discussed COAOC’s achievements over the past year and the amazing work of COAOC Staff and Volunteers.

With 88% of each dollar spent directly to support vital COAOC programs, every dollar donated in the room that day was a step closer to assisting COAOC in helping the 398,000+ seniors in Orange County.

During the event our Life Preservers, who are individuals and corporations who have committed to a multi-year donation, were recognized and delivered a gift sponsored by Sovereign Lending Group, Inc.

Thank You to our Sponsors and Underwriters. Special thanks to our Platinum Presenting Sponsors Hoag and FaxStar. To see a complete list of our Sponsors and Underwriters please click on the link: 2015 Engage Sponsors.

COAOC would like to thank our Event Support, which included staff, COAOC Volunteers and community volunteer partners helped to make a seamless event.










To see more pictures from the event, please visit our album by clicking on the link: Engage in Life 2015 Photo Album 

If you missed our event this year and would like to receive reminders and information about upcoming events please email your information to Rim Hussin at

If you would like to become a Life Preserver or give a donation to help impact the lives of seniors in our community please contact Director of Development, Charlotte Finklea at