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March 2022


Slide with WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AGE-FRIENDLY at the top and 4 colored circles in the middle around a diamond square that read WHAT MATTERS-MEDICATION-MENTATION-MOBILITYCalifornia AgrAbility staff attended the 20th annual month-long Healthy Aging Education Series, part of the UC Davis Healthy Aging Initiative. The initiative is a UC Davis Health system-wide approach to expand geriatric clinical services to improve quality of life for patients 65 and older and their caregivers. This year's event was a virtual event highlighting several important topics, such as advanced care planning, palliative care and post-acute services, difficult decisions in caregiving, depression later in life, medication management, and many more.

California AgrAbility staff met with Clinica Tepati representatives, a non-profit student-run clinic in Sacramento, California, to discuss the offering of arthritis exercise classes to clinic patients. The classes will take participants through a series of low impact exercises aimed at improving strength, mobility, and coordination. Through this partnership, California AgrAbility staff will provide Clinica Tepati health educators with the necessary materials to obtain training and certification to become arthritis exercise program instructors.

Grove of almond trees on left against blue sky and a dirt road running on the right with people walking on itCalifornia AgrAbility staff participated in the 2022 Capay Valley Almond Festival. Staff introduced the Western Regional Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP) and presented on AgrAbility services. The festival drew farmers, farmworkers, and other locals from surrounding communities. This year's festival is noted as an event that marks the return to in-person events. After the program presentations, attendees toured the almond orchards. A couple of weeks every February, tree branches in orchards throughout Capay Valley appear as though they're snow-covered. The white petals creating the winter wonderland effect are almond blossoms, the delicate flowers of the namesake trees that are grown commercially in only five regions in the world, one being California's Capay Valley.

Submitted by California AgrAbility Project