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300+ Crowd PVCC To Hear
About "The Upside of Aging"

 "Adapt and adjust" advised Dr. Fernando M. Torres-Gil, during a discussion of Aging in America today at this year's "Upside of Aging" presentation October 30 at the Palos Verdes Country Club. Joining Torres-Gil in the discussion was Helen Dennis, a nationally recognized leader on issues of aging and retirement.

Gil, director of UCLA's CenteforPolicyResearch on Aging as well as Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC, was featured guest at this year's annual event sponsored by the Palos VerdesPeninsula Village.

 The conversation focused on our country’s aging demographic and diverse population, what this means for our future and how it should impact public policy.

The United States will have a majority minority population by 2046 Torres-Gil said,  but noted that Los Angeles County already is a majority minority community of Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders, African-Americans, and Caucasians. This changing demographic necessitates a look at major policy issues affecting Social Security, Medicare, long-term care, and the societal implications that accompany the aging of the baby boomer generation and its parents, according to the speakers. 

He suggested that public policy should be directed at supporting the home and community based systems as opposed to institutionally based solutions. He also mentioned that non-White communities are far more involved in family systems than others.

Most importantly, civil societies must consist of neighbors helping neighbors based on compassion, regardless of ethnicity, he said.There should be intergenerational/interethnic coalitions, and supportive communities such as what we have created with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Village.

"No one is exempt from aging or needing help," Torres-Gil said, and suggested that everyone needs to reach out to others.

In conclusion, Dr. Torres-Gil stressed that aging is about how we adapt to the reality of new circumstances and adjust to that reality.

Helen Dennis urged that we have confidence in the future, that we have seen hard times but optimism ultimately succeeds.

Upside of Aging 2018


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In Other Village Activities

October Salon Discusses
The Acuity of Hindsight

This quotation from Sen. John McCain provoked a lively discussion for Villagers at the October Salon.

But among the few compensations of old age is the acuity of hindsight. 
 I see now that I was part of something important that drew me along in its wake even when I was diverted by other interests. 
I was, knowingly or not, along for the ride as America made the future better than the past.

October Salon

Members Cheer Their Alma Maters At Tailgate Party 

Beer, wine and memories flowed at the September 21 Tailgate party  at Harriet and Ken Servis' home as members gathered to talk about their various University teams. Tables were decorated with various team colors and there even were a few pompoms around. The brats and kraut and cheeses were favorites as well as yummy desserts.

Tailgate . Party September 2018

August Salon-Goers Tell How Language Shaped Their Lives

When villagers gathered August 17th at the home of Kathy and Bob Swank, the topic was supposed to be "How has language shaped who you are and who we are as a country."

But it turned out that participants had wonderful stories to tell about where they were born, the language that was spoken in their homes during childhood, the language their children spoke, how their native language affected their lives as they were growing up and how it has shaped who they are.

One of the members observed that it was delightful to learn about their truly varied heritage and to observe how "we have come to love and respect who we are and what we are about."

Participants had so much to say that they decided to postpone the discussion about how language has shaped who we are as a country until the next meeting in September.

Julu Salon

It's Time To Say Hello
To Our New Executive Director

Marianne Propst

Marianne Propst, a long-time resident of the Peninsula with extensive experience in senior health care as both a professional and volunteer,has been named as the new Executive Director of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Village, replacing Colleen Cotter, who served as the Village’s first Director.

“Marianne’s many wonderful qualities make her the perfect choice as our new Executive Director, “ said Carolynn Petru, Chair of the Village Board of Directors. 

“We are so grateful to Colleen for providing us with a solid foundation. It feels like a very natural transition that builds on Colleen’s legacy and allows Marianne to apply her own talents to further support and improve the PVP Village,” she said.

Marianne is well acquainted with the Village because she has been serving as one of the Village volunteers. Her recent work experience includes serving as a Referral Specialist for Coast To Coast Senior, consulting with seniors and their families on assisted living options. She also acted as an Enrichment Leader for Belmont Village in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Her prior professional experience includes working as the Director of Marketing Communications for Secure Horizons, a Medicare HMO.  

A resident of Palos Verdes Estates, Marianne has been deeply involved in the Peninsula community for many years, having served as a board member for the Special Children's League, American Youth Soccer - Region 10, and the Peninsula Committee for the LA Philharmonic.

She also volunteered for Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and Cornerstone Elementary School.

Her educational background includes a B.A. in Health Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a M.S. in Public Health with an emphasis in planning and policy, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She is married with two adult sons and enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and is always looking to learn something new.

Members Say Hello and Goodbye To Two Directors

Members and volunteers gathered at the Peninsula Library on August 31 to say good-bye and thank you to retiring Director Colleen Cotter and welcome to incoming Director Marianne Propst.

Carolynn Petru, Board Chair, greeted the attendees followed by a glowing tribute to Colleen with a special thank you to Colleen’s husband, Mike, a pillar of support.

Colleen praised Marianne as a volunteer for the PVP Village who with her background and experience was superbly qualified for her new position as Executive Director of the PVP Village.

When Colleen acknowledged all that Pat Sneller has done to assure a smooth transition and thanked her from the bottom of her heart, the audience broke into spontaneous applause.

The volunteers who made the celebration possible were thanked for their outstanding efforts in making it a festive occasion. They included Fran Wielin, Susan Wallace, Pat Sneller, Jill Smith, and Girl Scouts Grace Trester  and  Shivani Sharma.

Hello and Goodbye

Ladies Who Lunch Met Our New Director at August Get-Together 
Thanks to great planning by  Susan Hamilton -Wallace, Village women enjoyed a friendly luncheon at the Palos Verdes Golf Club August 23, 2018, where they got to meet the new Village Executive Director Marianne Propst. 
Ladies Luncheon August 23, 2018

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