Age Out Loud for Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month (OAM), and Connecting Point is teaming up with Nevada County Adult Services to celebrate aging in Nevada County. The theme for this year’s OAM is Age Out Loud, and what better place to do that than here in this beautiful, lively community where over 30% of the population is over 60.

Nevada County residents age 60 and over own businesses, serve as elected officials, work in city and county government, operate and volunteer for nonprofit organizations, and contribute to the vibrant cultural life of our community. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing their secrets for staying active, independent, and engaged as you Age Out Loud.

Share Your Story

Tell us how you Age Out Loud in Nevada County. Upload a selfie or a short video to your Facebook page and let the world know what Aging Out Loud means to you. Use the hashtag #OAM17 and don’t forget to tag Connecting Point (connectingpointca), so we can see you.

Here are some signs to get you started:

Age Out Loud Because Sign

Age Out Loud By Sign

Practice Peace with Upcoming Stress Management Class

Are you feeling anxious, agitated, tired, irritable, depressed, angry, or sad? All of the above? Okay, you seem a little stressed . . .

The symptoms of stress can affect both your physical and mental health and have a real impact on how you think, feel, and act. Learning to see the signs of stress and having clear strategies for limiting its effects can help you to live a much healthier, happier life.

Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life is a 4-week class designed to help you minimize the emotional and physical effects of stress and create a more peaceful approach to your current challenges. Taught by Marge Kaiser, this highly-rated class will teach participants how to overcome stress through humor, relaxation, self-care, and group support.

The free class, hosted by Connecting Point, begins May 4th and meets every Thursday through May 25th. It’s open to all Nevada County residents who need some support, strategies, and a good laugh.


What: Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life

When: Thursdays, May 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, 2:30-4:30 pm

Where: Connecting Point
208 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Cost: Free! Space is limited.

Eventbrite - Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life


Connecting Point offers free caregiver training to community-members. All classes
are free for Nevada County residents. The slate of classes includes practical training in caregiving skills, such as lifting and transferring, universal precautions, and dementia care as well as self-care classes for caregivers.

4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. Here are a few ideas for how you can celebrate our home planet while helping to protect our air, soil, and waterways.

  1. Ditch your car. Gold Country Stage is offering free fares on all routes April 21st and 22nd. Find bus schedules and routes here or call 211 for help planning your trip. Funded through the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP).
  2. Volunteer for SYRCL’s Pioneer Park Cleanup. The South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) is celebrating Earth Day by hosting a cleanup at Pioneer Park on April 22nd, from 9 am to 12 pm. Help keep our waterways clean by removing debris from Little Deer Creek.
  3. Recycle your batteries and electronic waste. If you have curbside service, you can recycle your household batteries by placing them in a sealed plastic bag on top of your recycling cart on collection day. We also have several drop-off sites in Western Nevada County. See the full list here. You can also recycle anything that plugs in at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station.
  4. Gather together, get involved. Check out the Earth Day celebrations at Sierra College Nevada County Campus (April 20th) and the Village at Squaw Valley (April 22nd) to listen to live music, see demonstrations, and learn how you can help protect the Earth.

Safe Lifting & Transferring Class Feb. 7th

You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to lift someone safely.

Join us on Tuesday, February 7th from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm to learn simple techniques to safely move someone into and out of a car, chair, bed, or bathtub without hurting them or yourself.

Taught by the fabulous Chris Espedal (our longtime trainer extraordinaire), this class is for caregivers of all skill levels.

The Safe Lifting & Transferring class will be held at our new Connecting Point office at 208 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

This class is free and open to all. Call 211 to register (dial 2-1-1 or 877-847-0499). Click here for a full list of our upcoming classes for IHSS consumers and providers. We also offer free classes for the public.