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Anna Deavere Smith Live in Berkeley

Anna Deavere Smith Live in Berkeley: Exploration of Aging, the Vulnerability of the Body, and the Resilience of the Spirit

On April 21st, Anna Deavere Smith, acclaimed actress, playwright and professor, will be back in the Bay Area to perform excepts from her powerful, one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy. Although perhaps best known for her leading roles in the West Wing and Nurse Jackie, Smith is the master of a unique approach to cultural commentary. Over the last 20 years, she has interviewed more than 2,000 people across America, using verbatim dialogue through solo performance to explore issues of race, identity, and community. Widely acclaimed by critics, she is said to have “created a new form of theater” and is hailed as the “most exciting individual in American theater,” by NewsWeek Magazine.

Actor Josh Kornbluth to Headline May 19th Benefit Event

Josh Kornbluth Event

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.

Survey validates growing need for caregiver support

Over 85% of adults enrolled in day programs have a family caregiver.

OAKLAND, Calif. — As the baby boomer population ages, the demand for caregiver and other support services is increasing at a rapid pace. The current population of 183,000 people age 65+ in Alameda County is expected to increase 21% within five years and double by 2030. “There are 13 centers in Alameda County that serve 1,500 adults who attend a day program two to five days per week; the family caregiver support services are a critical part of the offering,” reports Anne Warner-Reitz, Executive Director of Adult Day Services Network of Alameda County (ADSNAC).

Medication safety initiative for seniors shows promising results

OAKLAND, CA – February 20, 2014 – Adult Day Services Network of Alameda County (ADSNAC) just released 2013 results for an ongoing medication safety pilot program that launched in 2012. The program’s objective is to improve health and quality of life among seniors attending daytime adult care centers. For many older adults, the ability to manage a complicated medication regimen is key to being able to continue living at home. Mismanaged medications can lead to increased illness, emergency room visits,
hospitalization, and the need to enter a nursing home.

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