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Story: Ira Watkins, 78

I went to see my doctor the other day and I said, hey why did you call me in? He said, ‘I just like to talk to you.’ I said, “Man, I got stuff to do!" Ira Watkins is an artist. “It helps me relax,” he says. “It took all the pressure off of me…by … Continued

Story: Jenny Miller, 75

I always do my research before I paint. I did a history of Peru. It’s huge. The art of Jenny Miller is detailed and idiosyncratic. Its colorful palette and intricate details – from type of material to custom text embedded in the works – shows the artist to be a thorough researcher, world traveler, and … Continued

Story: Esperanza Salazar, 80

I want to keep learning, and I want to keep communicating with the people here. Esperanza is from El Salvador and this interview was translated from a conversation in Spanish. After her divorce, Esperanza Salazar found herself at a crossroads. She had raised her children, supported her spouse, and had found steady work – but … Continued

Story: Hene Kelly, 77

Freedom, freedom is a hard won thing. Every generation’s got to win it again. Hene, 77, has been advocating for the rights of older adults longer than she herself has been a member of the elder community. As a young woman, she campaigned for presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy while teaching Sunday school in Birmingham, … Continued

Post: No Seriously, Call Your Mother

I’m the youngest of four siblings in an African American family that migrated from East Texas to California in the 1940s in search of a better life — away from Jim Crow, away from regional, arcane laws and limited access to economic opportunity. Upon arrival in California, our family first landed in Richmond, California before … Continued

Post: Ageism Awareness Campaign Launches in San Francisco

San Francisco Launches Innovative Ageism Awareness Campaign to Help Create a More Inclusive City Campaign Features Diverse Older San Franciscans with Strengths that Never Get Old SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today San Francisco becomes one of the first cities in the country to launch a campaign to raise awareness of ageism, disrupt negative stereotypes … Continued

Post: Why It’s Time for a New Master Plan For Aging

By James Loyce, Board Chair, Metta Fund and Jarmin Yeh, Board Member, Metta Fund California is a state of bounty and beauty. A state with a powerful economy and well-documented riches. A state of diversity and migration. We are trendsetters in politics, innovation, and culture. But we are also a state that is rapidly changing. … Continued

Bio: Mimi Kelly

Mimi is the Program and Grants Associate at Metta Fund. She brings eight years of experience in public health as a community health educator and program manager. Her previous work was in chronic disease surveillance, evaluation of nutrition, physical activity and food security programs as well as tobacco policy initiatives. She has a passion for … Continued