OAKLAND, CA – February 10, 2015 – On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, acclaimed monologist Josh Kornbluth will headline a fundraising benefit for DayBreak Adult Care Centers at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. A reception buffet starts at 6:30pm, followed by Josh Kornbluth’s performance at 8:00pm. Tickets are $75; proceeds benefit daytime care for Alameda County seniors, adults with disabilities, and their family caregivers.
Josh performs original comedic works on timely and relevant topics. In all his theater works, Josh reveals insights through warmhearted and humorous storytelling, drawing connections between his own foibles and larger issues related to the individual’s role in society. Josh has performed at Bay Area venues such as Berkeley Rep and the Marsh, toured internationally, and written and starred in feature films. At DayBreak’s benefit event, he will tap into his role as a son and father, and as artist-in-residence and volunteer for San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project.
“I have an 87-year-old mother whose husband has dementia, and I have a son who’s growing up and about to leave home, so I’m thinking a lot about aging,” Josh says. “I don’t try to avoid thinking about aging, which is a big shift for me; I consciously focus on it. Being old is seen as an unfortunate glitch in our society, and it marginalizes older people. Our society needs a revolution in the way we think about and approach the process of growing ‘old’. I see DayBreak’s work on behalf of older adults as being part of this revolution in the awareness and embrace of aging.”
Consumer demand for quality services that enable and enhance our ability to age in place has never been greater. DayBreak plays a key role as a leader and advocate, strengthening awareness and access to adult care programs in Alameda County.
In 2014, more than 4,000 frail seniors, adults with disabilities and their families received personalized information and essential support services through DayBreak and the 13 Adult Care Centers in Alameda County. These centers offer a welcoming community, activities, and professional services to help older adults maintain health and continue living at home.
“Our mission is to expand the visibility, availability and quality of adult care centers,” Executive Director Anne Warner-Reitz says. “Josh Kornbluth’s entertaining, while deeply compassionate take on aging will help us raise awareness of the very fine daytime centers in Alameda County. We’re grateful to Josh and to our event sponsors for helping to make this possible.”
DayBreak is an association of 13 non-profit Adult Care Centers that provide daytime care for seniors and adults with disabilities. Each center offers a safe, social and enriching environment with health and support services for individuals and family caregivers.
To purchase tickets and learn about DayBreak services and programs that help families meet the challenges of aging, please visit http://daybreakcenters.org/category/events/.