Thursday, 13 April 2017

Volunteer at the Council on Aging!

Become a Support System for Isolated Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

The Friendly Visitor Program recruits and trains caring community members to participate in a countywide program that benefits older adults and adults with disabilities who are frail, isolated, and have a limited support system. As a volunteer, you can help this vulnerable population to secure access to necessary health care and social services, as well as offer social and emotional support.

We are in need of Friendly Visitors who are bilingual in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Contact Celine Castellano at 714-352-8837 or for more information.


Counsel and Advocate for Medicare Rights and Benefits

Do you have good communication skills (bilingual skills are especially needed), peer counseling ability, and advocacy potential? We are looking for qualified candidates to become HICAP Volunteer Counselors. Our HICAP Counselors provide unbiased, individualized counseling to help Medicare recipients maximize benefits, understand health plan choices and resolve the denial of services.

We are in need of HICAP Counselors who are bilingual in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog or Farsi. Contact Mary Ozurovich at 714-560-0432 or


Become an Advocate for Senior Rights

There are over 28,000 long-term care residents in Orange County who live within 1,100 facilities. As an Ombudsman volunteer, you will make unannounced, regular visits to long-term care facilities. Your training will help you develop the skills necessary to advocate for the residents and to help them resolve their concerns. Ombudsmen provide the security of a caring advocate and assert the rights of a long-term care resident, particularly when a family member is not present.

We are in need of Ombudsmen who are bilingual in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Farsi. Contact Patricia Johnson at 714-479-0107 x 216 or


Stand Up Against Stigma by becoming a Mental Health Advocate

Nationwide, one in four older adults experiences mental health challenges including depression and anxiety. As a ReConnect volunteer, you can offer emotional support and make a positive impact in the lives of our local seniors by sharing various skills, from public speaking and group facilitation to one-on-one participant support and community advocate.

We are in need of ReConnect Volunteers who are bilingual in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Chinese. Contact Christine Tran-Le at 714-479-0107 x 416 or

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

OC Cities and Community Leaders Unite to Enhance the Aging Experience for our Senior Population

The Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging Addresses Healthcare, Transportation, Food Security, Housing, Elder Abuse Prevention, Social Engagement, Funding and Other Issues

Orange County’s community leaders and cities have united to form the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging (OCSPA). OCSPA was created to address the challenges facing our rapidly aging population. Within the next 15 years, OC’s senior population will grow by 63%, with Orange County being among the fastest growing aging counties in America.

OCSPA has acknowledged the issues the county’s aging population is facing with growing frequency and has identified 10 key initiatives to improve the lives of older adults within an 18-month timeframe. While there have been multiple efforts to gather data across sectors, this will be the first strategic plan since 1998 to identify the areas of greatest need and coordinate multiple resources to address those needs.

“This is the first time where Orange County will have leaders from different organizations and funders all invested in this type of plan, working collaboratively to move the needle and secure resources for aging adults” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, who is among those spearheading the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging.

We have an opportunity to draw attention to the need for community support and recognition that successful aging is the result of social policies that actively enable older adults to remain active and engaged. “It is important for Orange County’s philanthropic community to understand the impact of our changing demographics and how important the role of philanthropy is in meeting the needs of our older adult population” explains Todd Hanson, Vice President of Orange County Community Foundation’s Center for Engaged Philanthropy. With that thought in mind, an awareness campaign begins today with the launch of the website The site outlines the plan’s 10 key initiatives and will be followed by print, online and social media advertising.

About the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging (OCSPA)
The Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging is guided by an ongoing planning body comprised of community leaders: Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Alzheimer’s Orange County, CalOptima, Abrazar, Inc., SeniorServ, Age Well Senior Services, Council on Aging – Southern California, OC Health Care Agency, OC Office on Aging, OC Transportation Authority, Irvine Health Foundation, Hoag Community Benefit, Senior Citizens Advisory Council, Jamboree Housing, Integrity Housing, OC United Way and the Orange County Community Foundation. Cities actively involved in the OCSPA initiative include: Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Tustin, and Westminster.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Counsel and Advocate for Medicare Rights and Benefits with HICAP

RSVP to our Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) Spring Training!

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that is meaningful and purposeful to you, and that will make a positive difference in your life as well as the people you serve? Then we need you on our team!

HICAP Counselor Orientation
Thursday, March 30th from 10 am to 12 noon

HICAP Spring Training
Tuesday, April 4th – April 27th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Pre-Registration is required
Contact Mary O at 714-560-0432 or

HICAP is part of the national network of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs and is the most dependable source of unbiased, accurate, and up-to-date Medicare-related information for Orange County residents. HICAP is a program of the Council on Aging – Southern California, which has been a trusted nonprofit since 1973.

HICAP recruits and trains caring people to provide free assistance reviewing Medicare plans and options. HICAP counselors are California state-registered staff and volunteers, offering individualized counseling and group seminars about Medicare and other related health insurance topics. Counseling may be provided from our Call Center, based in Irvine, or at one of the Senior or Community Centers located in Orange County.

Medicare is often complex and confusing. We offer personalized counseling and advocacy to assist beneficiaries in understanding their Medicare benefit options and choosing benefits best-suited for their needs.

• Compare and evaluate insurance plans
• Assist when problems occur
• Assist with low income benefit programs
• Provide Medicare education seminars

• Medicare benefits and enrollment
• Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C)
• Prescription Drug Plans (Part D)
• Medigap Plans (supplemental policies)
• Low income assistance programs
• Long-term care services and support
• Medicare fraud and abuse

Please note: persons who hold a current license to sell insurance or who receive financial or other remuneration from any health insurer, including managed care plans (HMOs), Part D plans or health care providers are ineligible.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

2017 Aging As Art Bowers Museum Photographers Reception

The Council on Aging-Southern California (COASC) hosted an evening with the photographers on March 7th for its 4th Annual Aging as Art Photography Show. The Aging as Art Photography Show is a photographic journey celebrating the diversity, dignity, and beauty of the aging experience. Through the artistic expressions of professional and amateur photographers, this juried show affirms the wisdom and character achieved from a life well lived.

We embarked upon Aging as Art with little knowledge about photography contests. This past winter, 200 photographs from amateur and professional photographers were submitted and anonymously judged by our distinguished panel of jurors. The panel consisted of 6 accomplished and recognized professional artists including Michele Cardon, Director of Photography for the Orange County Register, Jacques Garnier, President of The Legacy Project, Laurie Mirman, Founder and President of Site Services, Rita Swanson, graphic designer and illustrator, and decorated photographers, Laurel Hungerford and Barbara White.

“Each year the show is different, evoking different emotions and thoughts. The work of every photographer is breathtaking. The photographs in the 2017 Aging as Art Show capture a story and we hope to alter our perceptions of aging.” – Lisa Wright Jenkins, CEO & President, Council on Aging – Southern California

Of the 200 photographs submitted, 10 received an award, including a first place, second place, third place and two honorable mentions, and 52 were selected to be displayed for a total of 62 photographs.

“Today, with digital photography everyone can be a photographer. However, so few photos are printed and enjoyed for more than an instant on the small screens of our phones, tablets and laptops. This is why it is such an honor for our photographers to have a print of their perception of aging displayed at the Bowers Museum.” – Lisa Wright Jenkins, CEO & President, Council on Aging – Southern California

2017 Professional and Amateur Winning Photographers:

Left to Right: James Nordstrom  3rd Place Winner, Pedro Oliveira – 2nd Place & Hon. Mention Winner, Raul Lozano – 1st Place Winner, Leslie Bird – Hon,. Mention Winner


Left to Right: Terry Globerson-Hon,. Mention Winner, Jamshid Goshtasbipour-2nd Place & 3rd Place Winner; Robert Bevacqua ( stand in for Colleen Bevacqua-1st Place Winner)




















Partners and Sponsors

COASC would like to pay special thanks to the Bowers Museum and Newport Beach Public Library.

For their contributions, the COASC would also like to thank our sponsors: the Council on Aging – Southern California Board of Directors, First American, 24Hr. HomeCare and Aaron Brothers.

Some Pictures from the Reception:


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

RSVP to our Ombudsman Spring Training

Are you looking for meaningful volunteer work that will change lives? Our Ombudsman Program is holding their Spring Training Session and is looking to train caring people to serve as advocates for seniors who are often alone and forgotten in long-term care facilities across Orange County.

Ombudsman Volunteer Orientation
February 22nd from 10-11:30am

Ombudsman Spring Training Session
March 28-30th and April 4-6th from 10am-3pm
at our Irvine office

RSVP to Patricia Johnson to attend at 714-479-0129 or pmjohnson@coasc.orgPre-registration is required.LTC Spring Training



Thursday, 26 January 2017

Council on Aging – Southern California Honored with Gerken Award

Tennyson Oyler, Madhu Vijay, Lisa Wright Jenkins, James T. Morris

Tennyson Oyler, Madhu Vijay, Lisa Wright Jenkins, James T. Morris

We are excited to share a recent Council on Aging – Southern California announcement. Every year since 1995, the Pacific Life Foundation has recognized an outstanding nonprofit agency with the Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award at their annual Grants Reception. Last week the Pacific Life Foundation awarded the Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award to the Council on Aging – Southern California.

The Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award is a commemoration of his spirit, honoring those devoted to the betterment of society. Gerken was the former CEO of Pacific Life and the founding chairman of the Pacific Life Foundation. Every year, the nonprofit recipient of the Walter B. Gerken Award receives a $50,000 unrestricted grant.

We hope this prestigious honor helps shine a light on the importance of seniors in our community and brings greater awareness to the no-cost services and programs we offer to help seniors remain healthy, connected and protected. Aging will continue to impact us all, and we will continue to make an impact in our community.

The Award was received from the Pacific Life Foundation on the evening of January 18th at their annual Grants Reception. Lisa W. Jenkins, President & CEO of the Council on Aging – Southern California graciously accepted the award.

“It is an honor to accept this important award. We are forever grateful for the unwavering support from the Pacific Life Foundation. From the transformational grant that allowed us to expand our Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program that protects vulnerable seniors, to the annual grants that enable us to build more awareness of our no-cost programs and services, the Pacific Life Foundation has stood with us for over 31 years in supporting older adults. Aging impacts us all. Seniors enjoy better lives because of the incredible kindness and generosity of the Pacific Life Foundation.” ~Lisa Wright Jenkins.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

2017 Aging As Art Contest

Aging-As-Art-LogoHow do you perceive aging today? Is it the thriving lifestyle of seniors taking on new careers, volunteering or being physically active? Or is it the traditional notion of the harsher realities of aging? The Council on Aging-Southern California invites all amateur and professional photographers, 18 years of age or older residing in Southern California, to use their imagination and share their vision and unique interpretation of the aging experience.

COASC’s Aging as Art Photography Show will be juried by a panel of distinguished judges. The selected entries will be displayed for an extended engagement March 7-19, 2017 at one of California’s finest museums, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Selected photographs will also be displayed at the Newport Beach Central Library Summer 2017.  The Aging as Art Photography Show will depict the diversity, dignity, and challenges of what living a long life means today.

Scroll down to see submissions from previous years. 

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We are privileged to have an esteemed panel of jurors to view the entries and select the contest winners.

Michele Cardon, Director of Photography,Orange County Register

Jacques Garnier, Artist President of The Legacy Project

Laurel Hungerford, Photographer

Laurie Mirman Founder/President, Site Services

Rita Swanson, Graphic Designer, Illustrator

Barbara White, Photographer

The Council on Aging-Southern California Aging as Art Juried Photography Show is grateful to our partners and sponsors who have contributed to an impressive prize list with a total value of over $1,875.00 Entrants have the opportunity to win one Grand Prize, one Second Prize, one Third Prize, or one of two Honorable Mentions. This year the contest will feature a professional and an amateur category.

Professional Photographer Definition: A professional photographer is someone who is consistently compensated for their photographic work.

Amateur Photographer Definition: An “amateur” photographer is someone that takes photos for fun and passion.

Professional Prize Package:

1) Grand Prize – $500

2) Second Prize -$375

3) Third Prize – $250

4) 2 Honorable Mentions – $75 each

Amateur Prize Package:

1) Grand Prize – $250

2) Second Prize – $150

3) Third Prize – $100

4) 2 Honorable Mentions – $50 each

A selected group of submissions will also be included in the Aging as Art show at the Bowers Museum and Newport Beach Central Library. This group will not be eligible for a cash prize.


Photos must be submitted using Smarter Entry beginning on December 1, 2016.
Submission deadline is January 23, 2017.


$25 for up to 3 images (additional images are $10 each) submitted by January 23, 2017.


COASC invites anyone residing in Southern California who is passionate about photography to enter the Aging as Art Juried Photography Show.
You must read the following rules, terms, and conditions before submitting any photos!

All amateur or professional photographers residing in Southern California Zip Codes 90000-93599 who are at least 18 years of age as of the date of image submission are eligible.


Open to all photographic imagery that can be defined as “How do you perceive aging today?” as interpreted by the entrant. One subject in the composition must be a senior which is broadly defined as an individual 65 and over.

Entries may originate in any format including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically.

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant Council on Aging-Southern California a license (see Your Rights).

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and be prepared to provide it to Council on Aging-Southern California upon request if your photo is selected. You do not need to submit it at the time of entry. Model Release

Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant warrants that the submitted photograph(s) is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright are not eligible.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable. Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the sole discretion of the Panel of Jurors.

There are no restrictions on eligibility regarding the date or the location the photograph was taken.

The photographs entered must not, in the sole discretion of the Council on Aging-Southern California, contain obscene, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable content. Entries deemed inappropriate will be ineligible.

Each photo must be submitted electronically.  No mail-in entries will be accepted.

Each entry consists of an entry form, an entry fee, and up to three images. Additional images may be submitted for $10 per image. There is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant.

Please CAREFULLY read the WHAT TO ENTER section of this document prior to submitting your photograph(s) for this show.  No refunds will be given!

Questions and inquiries about entering can be emailed to

Each entrant must set up an account on the contest registration site and registers for the show “Council on Aging-Southern California Contest: Aging as Art.” An email confirmation will be sent to the email address affiliated with the entrant’s account.

Follow the online instructions to upload and submit images.

To submit more than three images, an additional entry form is NOT required. Simply log into your account on the registration site and select “Buy Additional Images.”


– 72 ppi resolution
– 1,280 pixels on the longest side
– sRGB or RGB color space (standard) with layers flattened
– 8 bit mode
– JPG format with compression at level 7 (at minimum)
– less than 3MB total size

If your image is selected for display at the Aging as Art show, you will be required to submit a photographic print and signed model release. Winning entrants will be sent instructions for the submission of the final print after the juried submissions are selected.

To avoid image upload errors, you can ONLY use alphanumeric characters with a period preceding the file name.

Please INCLUDE YOUR NAME in the file name. Example: Jake Snider My Parents.jpg.

DO NOT USE any punctuation or special characters such as ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) + ? / ” ~

Entries are accepted beginning December 1, 2016 at 9:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST) and ends on January 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm (PST).

All entries must be received by 5:00 pm PST on January 23, 2017, to be eligible.

A standard fee of $25 applies to entries of up to three photos beginning 9:00 am PST on December 1, 2016 through 5:00 pm PST on January 23, 2017.

Images will be judged online based on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit.

All decisions made by the Panel of Jurors are final. The Council on Aging-Southern California shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

Prize Notification
Winners will be selected on or about January 26, 2016, and notified by email on or about January 29, 2017.


You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit, including ownership if applicable. By submitting your image in the contest, you grant Council on Aging-Southern California a nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  1. Use your name, city, state in Council on Aging-Southern California promotions and publications, in connection with the current and any future Photo Contest,
  2. Subject to the rights of the photographer, use your image on partner and third party promotions and publications in connection with the current and any future Photo Contest, event, auction, newsletter, COASC  webpage or any COASC publication or communication,
  • Subject to the rights of the photographer, keep the files provided, and to archive the images in electronic forms, so that your photos can be used by COASC as stated in I and II above.

For any photograph used under the terms of this agreement, Council on Aging-Southern California shall give credit to the photographer as feasible.

We respect your privacy. Council on Aging-Southern California will not sell, rent or exchange your e-mail address.

This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if Council on Aging-Southern California determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

Participants also agree:

(a) to be bound by these Official Rules;

(b) that the decisions of the Panel of Jurors are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and

(c) if he/she is selected for display in the Aging As Art show, the Council on Aging-Southern California may use each winner’s name, city, state, and photograph in any publicity or advertising relating to current or future Contests.

All federal, state and local taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.

Council on Aging-Southern California, in its sole discretion, reserves the right not to award all prizes in the event that the number of submissions does not meet the minimum judging criteria.

In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Council on Aging-Southern California, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

Council on Aging-Southern California reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.

Upon Council on Aging-Southern California’s request, each entrant must be prepared to provide a signed written model release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted, authorizing us to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with and promotion of Aging as Art, in any media now or hereafter.

In addition, upon Council on Aging-Southern California’s request, each entrant must be prepared to provide a signed written release from the copyright owner of any sculpture, artwork or other copyrighted material that appears in the photograph entry, authorizing us to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph in connection with and promotions of Aging as Art. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Council on Aging-Southern California and each of its partners, affiliates, agents and its employees, directors, and representatives, including volunteers, from any claims, losses, damages, or other liabilities arising out of their participation in Aging as Art or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Council on Aging-Southern California assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Council on Aging-Southern California is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any electronic submission to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.

If for any reason Aging as Art is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Council on Aging-Southern California that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest, the Council on Aging-Southern California reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest. If Council on Aging-Southern California elects to cancel or terminate Aging as Art, Council on Aging-Southern California will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs and will return the entry fees.

Any individual may elect to unsubscribe from email lists. To elect to have an individual’s name excluded from such communications, select “unsubscribe” from the link in the Council on Aging-Southern California email. You may also contact (714) 479-0107 to request removal.

Questions and inquiries about Contest can be emailed to










Monday, 27 July 2015

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Friday, 12 June 2015

Aging as Art Photography Show Display 2014 & 2015

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Aging As Art Photography Show 2015 Amateur Category 


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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Knowledge and Protection to Avoid Financial Abuse


iStock_000019807895MediumWe are happy to announce that Kelli Jean Morris, JD, LLM has joined the Council on Aging as the Director of the Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST). The purpose of FAST  is to develop, strengthen, and conduct programs for the prevention, detection, assessment and treatment of elder abuse. Financial Elder Abuse is one of the nation’s fastest growing crimes against older adults and one of the most under reported.  FAST involves representatives from agencies and organizations across Orange County who collaborate to protect and educate our older adult population. The FAST is committed to working as a team to reduce and prevent physical and fiduciary abuse against the elderly. Our goal, in conjunction with the Adult Protective Services Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), is to promote community awareness, early recognition, prevention and timely, effective intervention. Do You Suspect Financial Abuse?

Contact Adult Protective Services if you suspect you or someone you know is             being financial abused: 1-800-451-5155

Contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsmen if the person being abused resides in        facility: 714-479-0232

Alert your local police department- the police may intervene if there is good              evidence that a crime is being committed.

Notify bank personnel and other financial agencies or creditors


For more information on the FAST program or for educational seminars, contact Kelli Jean Morris, JD, LLM at 714-479-0107 ext. 226