It Takes a Village to Build a Society with 100% More Seniors

Free Speech Movement Cafè, Moffitt Library
Thursday, October 27, 2016

As baby-boomers reach retirement age, how is society preparing for the 100% growth in the number of seniors in America (from 35 million in 2000 to 72 million in 2030)? Forty years ago, there used to be 5 workers for each retiree. If present trends continue, there will be only 2 workers for every retiree by the year 2030. How is the system going to cope with a doubling in the linear growth of social security expenses and the exponential growth in the costs of Medicare? Can we build a more efficient, socially-active and supporting society? We present a solution that empowers seniors around mutual-support local communities called “villages”.

Guest Speakers:
Manuel Acevedo –, Founder
Andrew Scharlach – UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, Professor. Foremost scholar on the Village Movement
Lisa Brinkmann – Marin Villages, Executive Director

FSM Cafe program - It Takes a Village - Oct. 27, 2016

This event is free, open to the public, and all are invited to participate. For more information:

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Sponsored by the University Library’s Free Speech Movement (FSM) Café Programs Committee.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor — ideally at least two weeks prior to the event. The event sponsor is Jean Ferguson,, 510-768-7618.