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Challenges, Strategies and Opportunities for the Aging Population in Marin

Zoom Online Webinar (see registration RSVP link)
January 27, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Marin County is aging rapidly. Currently, 28% of county residents are over 60 and the figure will rise to 35% before 2030. As life-expectancy increases, the number of older people will grow as more Baby Boomers reach older age; the Generation X’ers and Millennials are not that far behind. Marin needs to prepare for the changing needs of an aging population.

In 2020, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a new plan entitled “Age Forward” with six focus areas selected based on community input: housing, mobility options, community services, disaster preparedness, social connection, and services in unincorporated areas. The plan aims to establish a universal practice of creating and adapting services, programs, policies, places and spaces to be livable for all ages and generations now and into the future.

Our January panel is comprised of three individuals with broad experience serving people in Marin. They represent the County Office of Aging and Adult Services, Vivalon (formerly Whistlestop); Marin’s largest non-profit serving older adults, and the Marin County Commission on Aging.


Lee Pullen is Director of the Office of Aging and Adult Services for Marin County. He holds an M.S. in clinical psychology and has held numerous mental health, social welfare, and executive positions in the field of aging. Lee has been a leader in community-wide planning and policy development; has sponsored legislation on elder adult abuse; and has helped develop of supports systems for older adults and persons with disabilities.

Diana López is currently the Vice Chair of the Marin Commission on Aging and a member the San Rafael Age-Friendly Task Force. Diana worked as a manager, consultant, and project manager for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group for over 20 years and served as Director of Linguistic and Cultural Services at the Kaiser Center in San Francisco. After retiring from Kaiser, she retrained as a Patient Navigator with an Integrative Health Specialty. In that role, she supports clients with chronic diseases, family challenges, and wellness and prevention goals.

Joe O’Hehir is CEO for Vivalon (formerly Whistlestop), a position he has held for 12 years. Vivalon’s mission is to ensure that every adult has the opportunity to age with independence, dignity and grace. For the past 20 years Joe has been providing executive leadership to nonprofit organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to his tenure in the nonprofit sector, Joe spent over 25 years in the health care industry. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for Marin County’s Aging Action Initiative strategic collaboration, an organization he helped to start up in 2013.

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:00am

Where: Zoom Webinar

RSVP: Register online at Marin Coalition's Next Event page

Cost: Free, Donations welcome to defray our costs

Organization: Marin Coalition

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