Aging2.0 Sacramento Chapter & Roze Bear Foundation Scholarship

MAKE THE WORLD BETTEr for isolated seniors


Are you a visionary and creative person who can imagine ways to make the world better?
If so, keep reading.

Senior isolation and loneliness are growing societal problems. We’re looking for teams of three to five Sacramento County high school students plus at least one adult 60 years or older to conceptually design an innovative solution (product or service) that addresses an aspect of senior isolation and/or loneliness. Solutions must be effective, achievable and sustainable.

Teams are encouraged to research their identified problem, interview subject matter experts and talk with older adults impacted by the problem. Proposals do not need to be high tech. They can be high touch (or low tech but high people interaction) or a combination thereof.

Semifinalist teams will have five (5) minutes to pitch their ideas on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the Sacramento County Celebrating Older Adults event to an audience of Sacramento County officials, Sacramento County Adult and Aging Commissioners, local entrepreneurs, and members of the community. Pitches will be judged and money and in-kind prizes will be awarded.

Prize Money (given to team captain to divide with team)

· Platinum prize: $1,000

· Silver prize: $500

· Aging2.0 prize: $250

Additional in-kind prizes may also be awarded.

Application and Competition Timeline

  • March 3, 2020 Deadline to submit written description of problem and proposed solution

  • March 20, 2020 Contestants notified if they have been selected to advance to the semi-finalist round

  • April 10, 2020 Deadline to submit video describing problem and proposed solution

  • April 22, 2020 Contestants notified if they have been selected to advance to final round

  • May 6, 2020 Live competition

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January 2020 UC Davis Social enterprise Hackathon


Roze Bear and the Sacramento chapter of Aging 2.0 brought awareness to 600+ college students about the growing and invisible problem of older adult loneliness and isolation. To learn more click here.


Teams of two to four college students work around the clock creating apps that address social issues.


Rebecca, second from left, and Keri, far right, with the Lionheart team. They focused on helping seniors find volunteer jobs that might lead to employment.



Rebecca sharing information about the problem of isolation and loneliness.

Roze Bear is teaching Enlightened aging through the sac state renaissance society

Spring 2020


Enlightenment = Empowerment

Instructors: Rebecca Graulich & Renee Balcom

February 7, 2020 VA, Medicare, Medi-Cal and Elder Law


Dustin McFarlane, JD: Senior Citizen Lawyer

Helen Justice: Founder & President, Advance Wellness Geriatric Care Management and Senior Placement Agency

February 14, 2020 Lifestyle’s Impact on Brain Health


Sarah Farias, Ph.D: Associate Professor in Neurology, UC Davis & Director of Neuropsychology Services at UC Davis Neuroscience Clinic

Jill Weston: Yoga Nidra instructor

February 21, 2020 Senior Scams & Elder Abuse


Debra Larson: Program Manager, Adult Protective Services

Karen Cavallero, Mimi Strickland: Fraud Investigators, Golden 1 Credit Union

Jennifer Ligon: Sergeant, Sacramento Police Department Detective

February 28, 2020 The Aging Ear & Technology to Help It


Laura Gaeta, Ph.D: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Sacramento

Dr. Julia Tanner: Audiologist

March 6, 2020 I’m dead. Now what do I do?


Lisa Goudy: Founder and President, Goudy Funeral Consulting

Heidi Boucher: Home Funeral Guide, Writer & Director of In The Parlor: The Final Goodbye

Aron Davis: Program Director, UC Davis Body Donation Program

March 13, 2020 Do Not Resuscitate – What does this Mean to My Doctor?


Mike Ryder: CA-licensed emergency medical technician, AlphaOne Ambulance Medical Services

Donna Bishop, MSN: Hospice Coordinator, Sutter Hospital

March 20, 2020 Prolonging Independence with Assistive Devices


Chris McIlwain: General Contractor and owner, McIlwain Mobility Solutions

Vanessa Grenyion: Pharmacist and owner, Health Quest Medical Supply Store

March 27, 2020 Alternative Housing Options


Linda Berry: Senior Roommate Program, Agency on Aging, Area 4

Anne Geraghty, Stuart Wilson Members, Washington Commons Cohousing of West Sacramento

Todd Goodman Owner and President, First Choice Senior Placement


April 10, 2020 In-home Care vs. Home Health vs. Skilled Nursing


April Carni: Community Relations Manager, Apex Care

Debi Morales: Director of Admissions & Business Development, Asbury Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Joe Sharpe: Chief Operating Officer, Rx HealthCare Services

April 17, 2020 Safely Living In Your Home and Smartly Escaping Out of It


Lisa Brys: Founder, Timeworks Professional Organizing 

Carrie Gripp: Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Sacramento

Nora O’Brien: CEO and owner, Connect Consulting Services

April 24, 2020 Overcoming Life’s Challenges


Dr. James Abshire: Internal medicine physician and author of Live, Love and Let Go

Tyra Jarvis: Life Reinvention Mentor, Founder & president of Kefi Coaching LLC

May 1, 2020 Travel Adventures and New Friendships


Mark Hoffmann Owner & Founder, Sports Leisure Vacations, co-host of The Travel Guys radio show

Chris Smith Journey Coordinator, Friendship Force

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I am very grateful for this class. It is causing me to deal with the fact that I am aging, which is hard -- but necessary -- to think about. For some reason it reminds me of how frightened I was at the prospect of having to go to college -- leave the small, isolated town I came from and venture out into a world I knew almost nothing about. Adulthood seemed overwhelming. Fortunately there was no choice but to go forward, and I am so glad I went! And there doesn't seem to be a choice about aging either, so onward we all go.

Jane G., 11/2/2019

Class has been excellent in learning what programs are available for seniors with disabilities. I know now my brother, a stroke and aphasic patient, can have a better life. I'm ready to make that happen.

Thank you.

Jan R., 12/6/2019

This was the best research seminar I have attended. I could have used this information this last summer before my mother's fall and the chaos that followed. These resources will help me put my plans in place. 

Thank you!

Patricia C., 12/13/2019