"Healthy @ Home" Workshops:  Free Online Classes

Learn how to transform your home into a safer, more comfortable, and more joyful place.  Ayaplaces is proud to partner with Vivalon (formerly known as Whistlestop), a leading non-profit service organization based in Northern California, to present Healthy @ Home Workshops. This is a series of online sessions featuring leading home design and "living in place" experts as well as master teachers from a variety of different disciplines – from cooking to gardening and more.

Each workshop lasts 45-60 minutes, includes time for Q & A and, whenever possible, invites hands-on participation.  They're open to anyone and they're absolutely FREE to attend.

Check out some of the exciting events we've lined up for the coming month.  And, if you don't see something that sparks your interest, please feel free to let us know and we'll see what we can do! 

P.S.  To view recordings of past sessions, check out our Video Archive.

Upcoming Events
Granny Flats: They’re Not Just for Granny Anymore!
Wed, Sep 30
Online Event
Sep 30, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Online Event
Thanks largely to COVID, many older adults are taking a closer look at Accessory Dwelling Units (formerly referred to as “Granny Flats”). But what are they? Might they be right for you? Join architect and senior living expert Jeffrey DeMure for an "everything-you-ever-wanted-to know" intro.
Community Living: Is It For You?
Wed, Oct 14
Online Event
Oct 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Online Event
Take advantage of this shelter-in-place time to assess your longer term housing needs, and to explore and understand your future options. Senior housing experts, Juliane Bigelow and Helen Lindberg, will provide an overview of the senior housing landscape and help you get started on your research.
Cooking Matters: Kitchen Safety & Accessibility
Wed, Oct 28
Online Event
Oct 28, 11:00 AM
Online Event
The first in a series of workshops designed to reignite your passion for cooking. Join Chef Mike for an overview of kitchen safety along with tips for making the most out of your cooking space. Includes a bonus refresher on basic knife skills too!
Cooking Matters: The Mind Diet
Wed, Nov 04
Online Event
Nov 04, 11:00 AM
Online Event
Incorporate more foods into your diet that promote brain health. Join Chef Rebecca to learn about the "Mind Diet" and to cook a delicious recipe that satisfies both your synapses and your taste buds!
Cooking Matters: Cooking For One
Wed, Nov 11
Online Event
Nov 11, 11:00 AM
Online Event
Just because you're single doesn't mean you can't indulge your inner chef! There are countless delicious and healthy recipes that don't necessarily result in endless leftovers or food waste. Learn a no-fuss, easy-to-follow recipe framework that will help you plan, shop for, and savor your meals.
Pleasure is Ageless!
Tue, Nov 17
Online Event
Nov 17, 11:00 AM
Online Event
Bodies change but not the desire for human connection. Join certified somatic sex educator Shauna Farabaugh for this "Ask Me Anything" style workshop. Bring your questions. Leave with practical advice to help you spice up your life.
The Lifelong Gardener
Wed, Dec 02
Online Event
Dec 02, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Online Event
Tips & Recommendations for setting up and tending your garden at any age. Join Master Gardener, Toni Gattone, for this introductory workshop on tools and strategies for gardening more comfortably and joyfully - regardless of physical challenges.
Exercising in Place
Time is TBD
Online Event
Time is TBD
Online Event
"How to guide" for setting up and organizing an exercise space at home. No bulky, expensive, unsightly equipment needed!
Fall-Proofing: A Practical "How To" Guide
Time is TBD
Online Event
Time is TBD
Online Event
No need to be another statistic. Sit in on this session led by a certified "aging in place" specialist and learn how to minimize your risk of home accidents. Easy, simple steps that everyone who can and should take TODAY.
Decluttering & Reorganizing: 5 Easy Steps
Wed, Sep 16
Online Event
Sep 16, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Online Event
Storage closets overflowing? Stuff everywhere? Master home organizer, Dana Arkinzadeh, to the rescue. Dana will walk you through her tried-and-true process for sorting, purging and assigning items. Just 5 simple steps toward a safer, less stressful and more comfortable home environment!
Home Fit: Simple Home Safety Modifications for Better Living
Wed, Sep 02
Online Event
Sep 02, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
Online Event
How well is your home suited to your needs? What quick and easy home modifications can you make TODAY that will improve safety, comfort and convenience? Join master "living in place" guru, Fritzi Gros-Daillon, for an hour long “how to” session that just might make a world of difference.
Laughter is good medicine (Seriously!)
Wed, Jun 03
Online Event
Jun 03, 7:00 PM
Online Event
Laughter is essential to good health. It's clinically proven! Learn how to lower your stress and anxiety by integrating giggles, chuckles and deep belly laughs into your daily routine. Led by professional comedians and "comedy care" experts from Laughter on Call.

Please note:  Once you sign up for an event, we'll send you periodic reminders via email with direct links to the class.  All you'll need to do is click on this link to launch Zoom, the popular video conferencing software. We'll also include a call-in telephone number for those who prefer to listen in.