Community Responses to Elder Care Symposium


Community Responses to Elder Care Symposium: Engagement, Education and Empowerment of Citizen Problem-Solvers


Citizens address the needs of local elderly and their families


September 4, 2018. Monterey, CA. A call to action! Don’t miss this free important Symposium on Saturday, September 15th, “Community Responses to Elder Care Symposium: Engagement, Education and Empowerment of Citizen Problem-Solvers” to be held at Monterey Peninsula College.


This Symposium grew out of a collaboration between Timothy Barrett, Vice Mayor of the City of Monterey and Alison Yant, Acting Project Manager with the Monterey County Department of Social Services. As a sign of the level of need in our community, the Symposium Steering committee quickly grew to include members of five faith communities and eight care providing agencies all of whom have collaborated on this important community event.


The theme of the symposium is “Engagement, Education, and Empowerment of Citizen Problem-Solvers.” The program includes eight breakout sessions that will involve individuals from all segments of the community to identify challenges for our elderly population and family members and others who provide caregiving. The goal of the Symposium is to develop community-based solutions to challenges and gaps in the continuum of care. The Community Responses to Elder Care Symposium may include topics such as Networking Elder Care, Caregiver Training, Housing solutions etc. One of the key themes of the Symposium is engagement, education and empowerment of average citizen problem solvers.

According to Timothy Barrett, who was elected to the Monterey City Council in November 2014 and is currently Vice Mayor, “As family members rise to the rewards and the challenges of caring for loved ones, they are often drawn inward and away from community support mechanisms just when that support is needed the most. It is as important today as it ever has been for our community of caring to reaffirm our neighborly networks for mutual support. We are stronger as a community when we demonstrate compassion for our neighbors and care and support for our elders.”

At a Glance:

What:   MPC Symposium Working Group presents Community Responses to Elder Care Symposium: Engagement, education and empowerment of citizen problem-solvers

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.

Where: Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont, Monterey, CA  

Registration: Sam Karas Room adjacent to the Monterey Peninsula College Library

Plenary addresses: Lecture Forum 103

Breakout sessions: Various MPC Classrooms

Synthesizing panel discussion: Lecture Forum 103

Plenary Address by: Shary Farr, Partners for Transition ( and John O’Brien, Central Coast Senior Services (

Cost: Free to the public. Donations accepted.

More information: Timothy Barrett (831) 277-9505 or email [email protected]

Project collaborators include representatives of the following faith communities and care providing agencies: Catholic Diocese of Monterey, Christian Church of Pacific Grove, El Estero Presbyterian Church, Interfaith Outreach of Carmel, St. Johns Chapel, Abby Care Homes, Alliance on Aging, Central Coast Center for Independent Living, Central Coast Senior Services, Inc., Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, City of Monterey, Community Builders of Monterey County, Golden Connections, Health Projects Center, Monterey County Area Agency on Aging, Monterey County Department of Social Services, Monterey County’s Community Voice for Aging, Monterey Peninsula College, Peggy’s Home Care

The Community Responses to Elder Care Symposium is brought to you by the MPC Symposium Working Group which is a fiscally sponsored program of the ACTION Council of Monterey County, a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit corporation-tax ID 77-0357101.

About City of Monterey Vice Mayor Timothy Barrett

Vice Mayor and Monterey City Councilmember Timothy Barrett is known for getting diverse groups of people working together. His ‘roll up your sleeves’ style makes him a ‘go-to’ guy for getting things done in the community. Timothy’s current initiatives include the Neighborhood Housing Fund, to stimulate the development of affordable, local workforce housing; the Community Responses to Elder Care Symposium, for the engagement, education and empowerment of citizen problem solvers to address the needs of the elderly; Slow Money Monterey, to bring community directed investment toward environmentally sustainable local businesses, and the Local Preference Initiative, to stimulate local economic development through increased circulation of public dollars into the community.

Additionally, Timothy is Council representative to the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Monterey Business Associations, the Cannery Row Business Association and the North Fremont Business Association. He serves on the Board of Monterey One Water which is developing the Pure Water Monterey project to provide a new source of water to the community, the Lead Me Home Coalition which provides support and oversight of the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers, and the Oversight Board to the Successor Agency of the Monterey City Redevelopment Agency, which directs funding toward Community Development Block Grant programs for low income housing and services to homeless.

Before his election to the Monterey City Council, Timothy worked with many local nonprofit organizations and participated in a broad spectrum of civic activities. He was a founding board member of the Walk and Roll Foundation, which was established to assist those with spinal cord injuries. He was two-time chair of the Monterey Bay Chapter of CATESOL, a teacher’s association that focuses on ongoing training and development, and he was chair of the MPC Symposium Working Group, which initiated a regional community of action in regard to homelessness and poverty.

Timothy holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, a Master’s degree in Instructional Science and Technology and a teaching certificate but acknowledges his real education came from working with people.

For more information, email [email protected] or call (831) 277-9505.