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Orange County Senior Living Resources

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”
– the Dalai Lama

 Information and services about senior living, aging, healthy living, preserving our precious memories, and more. Click here to see our Recommended Reading: Books to help support family caregivers, children trying to navigate care and decisions for aging parents, Alzheimer’s & dementia support, etc. 

In April 2013 the Dalai Lama met scientists at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland to participate in a conference on aging: ‘Living and Dying in Peace – Crossed Perspectives on Aging’. You can read highlights from His Holiness’s talk on the Coral Tree blog. 

It’s not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It’s ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves — and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice. “Aging is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured,” she says. “It is a natural, powerful, lifelong process that unites us all.”

FRONTLINE follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors — himself included — are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.

Caring for Our Aging Parents
The New York Times New Old Age Blog

“Thanks to the marvels of medical science, our parents are living longer than ever before. Most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children. In The New Old Age, Paula Span and other contributors explore this unprecedented intergenerational challenge.”

Compassionate Communication with the Memory Impaired

A simple, straight-forward document of “dos and don’ts” that can make a world of difference in how to communicate more effectively and compassionately with our loved ones suffering from memory loss. “You can’t control memory loss, only your reaction to it. Compassionate communication will significantly heighten quality of life.”


Laguna Beach’s Susi Q

Founded in 1975, Laguna Beach Seniors was one of the first senior service nonprofits in Orange County. Since 2009, our home has been the Susi Q, a warm and welcoming center where our fastest-growing demographic is living it up and finding the help they need. The Susi Q also is the heart of an ambitious vision called Lifelong Laguna: a community and a nonprofit working together to make the town we love a better place for the rest of our lives.

The Susi Q’s February newsletter

Newport Beach’s Oasis Senior Center’s November 2017 news, programs & services

OASIS is a large Senior Center dedicated to meeting the needs of all seniors and their families. Many educational, recreational, cultural and social services are offered, aimed at helping older adults live an enriched, active and independent life. The Center is owned and operated by the City of Newport Beach and is staffed by a core of professionals who are responsible for planning classes and activities, working with seniors in developing new and exciting programs, providing support services and counseling, and helping family members who are concerned about their parents.


Death Over Dinner

How we want to die – represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having. We have gathered dozens of medical and wellness leaders to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and we have created an uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and empowerment. We invite you to gather friends and family and fill a table. Click Get Started to plan a test dinner. We call it a test dinner because trying out this process in no way commits you to follow through with an actual dinner.

oldtimeradio_rOld Time Radio

A collection of “old-time” radio shows from the 1950s and 60s, including Gunsmoke, Theater Five, Dragnet and more.   You can listen for free online, or download to a computer .



Music & Memory 

 MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.


AARP Home Fit Guide 

“AARP research consistently finds that the vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a ‘lifelong home,’ suitable for themselves and anyone in their household. The guide offers solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements that are more involved and require skilled expertise but are well worth the expense.”

coral tree in-home care memoir services


“GhostDuster’s Ink (Cassidy’s memoir service) provides skillful writing, editing and publishing for writers and non-writers who need professional writing assistance. Our focus is memoirs or any unique collection to reflect a subject faithfully.”


Meet our highly qualified and experienced Orange County caregivers – Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona del Mar.Coral Tree In Home Care offers provides quality senior & elder care and other in home care services, including Alzheimer’s & Dementia care, throughout Orange County: Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Newport Coast, Laguna Beach, surrounding communities.