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2022

April, 2022
Bay Area Older Adults is Awarded $15,000 URJGENT Grant from Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee
After competitive review of hundreds of "amazing applications that were submitted, and getting significant feedback from a Community Review Panel," Bay Area Older Adults' funding request is approved. BAO thanks Supervisor Otto Lee and the rest of the Board of Supervisors for their support of BAO's Healthy Living™ Program. Click the link above to see the award notice.


2021

January, 2021
Bay Area Older Adults' Receives $10,000 in Valley Water Grants
Valley Water approved two $5,000 one-year grants for an educational walking program for visually impaired persons and a comprehensive virtual program to teach Santa Clara County residents about water conservation. Click the link above to see the award notice.


February, 2021
Knight Foundation approves a $58,000 grant to support BAO's Multisensory Outdoor Program for Visually Impaired Persons
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded BAO a three-year grant to increase access of visually impaired persons to city of San Jose parks. Click the link above to see the award letter.

Valley Water approves a $40,985 grant to support BAO's Watershed Waste Reduction Program
BAO partnered with Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services, the Health Trust and Valley Water to promote the safe and easy disposal of over-the-counter and prescription medicines in our county. This program prevents health problems, accidental poisoning, drug abuse and contamination of our drinking water. For more information, please visit https://www.bayareaolderadults.org/safe-med Click the link above to see the award letter.


June, 2021
Bay Area Older Adults Receives $15,000 Grant from Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee sponsored a grant for BAO's Healthy Living™ Program that was unanimously approved by the Board. Click the link above to see the agenda item.


2020

February, 2020
Unity Palo Alto Donates to Bay Area Older Adults for Second Year in a Row
Unity Palo Alto made a second donation of $500 to BAO and invited Dr. Anne Ferguson to their Palm Sunday service to give a brief talk about the organization. Click the link above to see their newsletter announcement.


May, 2020
Bay Area Older Adults' Receives $10,000 in Valley Water Grants
On May 21 and September 11, 2020, Valley Water approved two $5,000 one-year grants for an educational walking program for visually impaired persons and older adults in Santa Clara County. Click the link above to see the award letter.


June, 2020
Bay Area Older Adults Receives BAO receives $30,000 Santa Clara County Grant
Santa Clara County Supervisors Dave Cortese and Susan Ellenberg sponsored two grants that were unanimously approved by the Board. The funding sponsored by Susan Ellenberg supports virtual educational, art and stress reduction programs and dissemination of trustworthy information to help seniors access food, health and other resources that are so important while they shelter-in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supervisor Cortese sponsored educational and physical activity programs for visually impaired older adults. Click the link above to see the approval notice.


August, 2020
Bay Area Older Adults' Virtual Programs Featured in San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News highlighted BAO's virtual programs including naturalist walks and educational seminars on a variety of topics. Click the link above to read the article.


September, 2020
Bay Area Older Adults' Naturalist Tours Featured on Front Page of Willow Glen Resident San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News highlighted BAO's live naturalist presentations and virtual park tours in partnership with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Click the link above to read the article.


November, 2020
Bay Area Older Adults' Featured in Los Altos Town Crier
Staff Writer Mary Larsen featured BAO in the Senior Lifestyles section of the Los Altos Town Crier. Her interview with Dr. Anne Ferguson, BAO's founder, explained their pivot to virtual programs during the pandemic, the comprehensive online resource we offer to the community and more. Click the link above to read the article.


December, 2020
Bay Area Older Adults' Receives $10,000 from the Knight Foundation
On September 22, 2020, the San Jose City Council approved $7 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to invest in the City’s most vulnerable populations of which $3.35 million was allocated toward direct assistance to non-profit organizations. Through a partnership with the Knight Foundation, 14 CRF Nonprofit Grant Program applicants received grants through their donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Bay Area Older Adults was funded by the Knight Foundation for visually impaired older adult programs. Please click the link above to read the report.


December, 2020
Bay Area Older Adults' Receives $95,000 from Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
On December 10, 2020, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Board of Directors approved a $95,561 three-year grant for Bay Area Older Adults' Trailblazers Program, an environmental education walking program that increases access to open spaces for our most vulnerable older adults – visually impaired and blind (VIPs) and widowed. The program is tailored to the specific needs of these two populations. For example, each VIP walk provides multisensory learning about nature. The goal of the program is to increase environmental stewardship, encourage social engagement and physical activity to improve overall health.


2019

February, 2019
BAO Article in Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Newsletter
This article highlights BAO's Environmental Education Park Crawl Program funded by Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. Click the link above to read the article.


April, 2019
BAO Highlighted in NBC's OpenRoad with Doug McConnell


Click on the image above to watch the video about the four community organizations highlighted in NBC's program OpenRoad. BAO is mentioned in the last section of the video.


April, 2019
Unity Palo Alto Donates to Bay Area Older Adults
Unity Palo Alto made a donation to BAO and invited Dr. Anne Ferguson to their Palm Sunday service to give a brief talk about the organization. Click the link above to see the excerpt from their services.


May, 2019
Mountain View Senior Center Presentaion by Bay Area Older Adults
Dr. Anne Ferguson was invited to talk about Bay Area Older Adults to the older adults at the Mountain View senior center as part of their lecture series.


October, 2019
Silver creek Women's Club Newsletter


October, 2019
Almaden Rotary Club Presentation by Dr. Anne Ferguson
Almaden Rotary Club invited Dr. Anne Ferguson to give a presentation about the organization. Click the link above to see their newsletter description.


December, 2019
BAO and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Partnership Announcement
In 2018, BAO began a collaboration with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to get older adults out on their less accessible trails. We have more hikes planned for 2019. Click on the link to read the newsletter announcing the partnership.

2018

April, 2018
BAO Takes Their Members' Privacy Seriously - Turns Down $200,000 County Grant
BAO received a competitive five-year Santa Clara County grant but because the grant required BAO to make member's personal information publicly available, BAO turned down the funds. Click the link above to read the award letter.


April, 2018
BAO is Highlighted in Santa Clara County Retired Public Employee Newsletter
The Santa Clara County Retired Public Employees Association promoted BAO to their members in the April newsletter. Click the link above and go to page 2 to learn more.


May, 2018
BAO awarded Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Environmental Education Grant
BAO received a competitive grant for educational hikes from Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA). Click the link above to read a description of the program from OSA's website.


July, 2018
BAO's Founder, Dr. Anne Ferguson is Invited Speaker at Monthly Santa Clara County Meeting
To read the article about Dr. Anne Ferguson and Bay Area Older Adults' programs, click the link above.

2017

January, 2017
Santa Clara Weekly BAO Lecture Program Coverage
Article in the Santa Clara Weekly covering BAO's Cybercrime Prevention Lectures throughout Santa Clara County.


March, 2017
The Daily Progress Discusses BAO Program's Positive Health Benefits
Article in The Daily Progress that highlights BAO's Healthy Hike Program's health benefits for adults age 50+.


April, 2017
BAO Healthy Hikes Program Partners
Press Release about BAO's April 26, 2017 Alviso Walk with partners Supervisor Ken Yeager, Ralph Schardt, Executive Director of Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and Jared Underwood, manager of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.


June, 2017
BAO receives $25,000 Santa Clara County Grant
View video of two BAO members' support statements during the Santa Clara County Budget Hearing and photo of Bay Area Older Adults' Executive Director, Dr. Anne Ferguson with Supervisor Ken Yeager when he joined one of BAO's summer hikes.


July, 2017
The Monthly BAO Website Coverage
Article in The Monthly, East Bay's Premier Magazine of Culture who interviewed Bay Area Older Adults' Executive Director, Dr. Anne Ferguson.


July, 2017
Santa Clara County Supervisor Yeager's Newsletter
Supervisor Ken Yeager's newsletter describing his support of BAO's FY 2017-2018 Healthy Living Program. A photo of our group of walkers at Alviso Marina County Park with policy aides from Supervisor Yeager's office, Ralph Schardt, Executive Director of Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and Jared Underwood, manager of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.


July, 2017
Supervisor Ken Yeager Joins BAO on Alum Rock Park Hike
View a video of Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager in conversation with Bay Area Older Adults' Executive Director, Dr. Anne Ferguson after he joined BAO's summer hike at Alum Rock Park.

2016

April 29, 2016
San Jose Mercury News BAO Health Education Program Coverage
Article in the San Jose Mercury News highlighting BAO's 2016 Health Education and Lifelong Learning Program.


May 6, 2016
BAO Highlighted at Santa Clara County Senior Symposium
Bay Area Older Adults is featured in the Santa Clara County Senior Symposium. Dr. Anne Ferguson, Executive Director, and Kimberly Thompson, BAO member are photographed.


May 9, 2016
BAO's Health Education and Lifelong Learning Program Patch Article
Article in Los Altos Patch about BAO's 2016 Health Education and Lifelong Learning Program and partnership with the extensive San José Public Library network.


June 15, 2016
BAO receives $25,000 Santa Clara County Grant
View video and photo from Santa Clara County Budget Hearing including County Supervisor's unanimous support of BAO grant proposal.


June 16, 2016
Santa Clara County Supervisor Yeager's Newsletter
Supervisor Ken Yeager's newsletter describing his support of BAO's FY 2016-2017 walking program. BAO staff and members posed for a photo.

2015

January 10, 2015
Article About BAO's Healthy Hikes™ Program
Article by Susan Schena in all of Santa Clara County Patches about BAO's 2015 Healthy Hikes Program. Susan is an award-winning writer, reporter and editor, whose byline has appeared on thousands of stories in newspapers, magazines and online publications.


January 2015
Article in Today's Senior
Article about BAO's 2015 Healthy Hikes™ Program and Togo's Sandwiches sponsorship in Today's Senior.


February 2015
Front Page San Jose Mercury News Article
Front page article in the San Jose Mercury News about BAO's 2015 Healthy Hikes™ Program in partnership with Santa Clara County Parks and Mid-peninsula Regional Open Space District.


November 11, 2015
Healthy Living Lecture Presented by Dr. Anne Ferguson
Dr. Anne Ferguson presented to the Bay Area TAN Group about the importance of physical activity, lifelong learning and health education in sustaining independent living as we age.

2014

January 14, 2014
TV interview by American Association of University Women
BAO Executive Director, Dr. Anne Ferguson, interviewed by American Association of University Women.


February 22, 2014
BAO - Rotary Club Partnered Cultural Event
Online article with photos about BAO's cultural event in partnership with the Rotary Club.


2013

April 29, 2013
Bay Nature Interview
BAO Executive Director, Dr. Anne Ferguson, interviewed by Beth Slatkin of Bay Nature.

2012

April 13, 2012
Supervisor Liz Kniss Recommendation
BAO recommended as an important resource for seniors by Supervisor Liz Kniss.


August 26, 2012
Dr. Anne Ferguson, Invited Speaker at Ames Research Center
Dr. Anne Ferguson, Executive Director of Bay Area Older Adults, speaking about older adults and technology at the Ames Research Center


August 28, 2012
Article about Launch of BAO' Healthy Living™ Program
BAO launches its Healthy Living Program in September 2012 as described in the Palo Alto Patch. This includes outdoor, cultural and social experiences for adults age 50+.


September 8, 2012
BAO's Programs Recommended by Joan Aragone
Joan Aragone promoted BAO's programs and highlighted BAO's partners in her article about resources for older adults in the Bay Area. Joan Aragone is a journalist and educator who wrote a weekly column for 12 years on issues of aging and health for Bay Area News Group, a chain of publications in the San Francisco Bay Area.

2011

February 2011
BAO Highlighted in the El Camino Hospital Newsletter
Missy Von Leuhrte R.N. recommends BAO programs as a way to stay active for adults with pulmonary disease.


May 22, 2011
Article about BAO in San Mateo County Times
Article describing the process BAO used to build its online resource and the comprehensive information that it offers to older adults.


Summer 2011
BAO's Rideshare Program Highlighted in Cherryhill News
This article explains BAO's market research study that analyzed the need and parameters required for an older adults rideshare program in Santa Clara County.


June 2011
BAO Highlighted in the Mature Alternatives for Violent Environments Now Newsletter
BAO article discusses why regular physical, mental and social activity is important for your health and free resources available in the Bay Area that promote an active and healthy life.


June 9, 2011
Executive Director, Dr. Anne Ferguson, Interviewed by Bay Nature
The article describes the inspiration for BAO, the need for physical activity programs for the fast-growing older adult population and resources available to meet this need.


July 29, 2011
Article in the Cupertino Patch
BAO Executive Director, Dr. Anne Ferguson, is interviewed by Rachel Stern, Editor of the Cupertino Patch. The article describes the plethora of activities for older adults in the San Francisco Bay Area and the launch of BAO's group activities program.


August 2011
BAO Highlighted in Los Gatos-Saratoga Newsletter
BAO's programs are described for older adults in Los Gatos and Saratoga.

2010

August 2010
BAO in the Tri-Center Nugget
BAO's online resource is highlighted as a way to stay active in the Bay Area.


August 2010
BAO Recommended as a Resource by the Aging Services Collaborative
BAO's easy-to-use resource for free and low cost fun and healthy activities is recommended as a way to find new activities to improve older adults' physical and mental health.