December 2018 – Giving Back

Season Greetings! Celebrate the holiday season by giving back to the community. By giving back to the broader community, you are:

  • making an impact and making a difference
  • building a stronger community by sharing expertise
  • broadening your community by meeting new people
  • improving your health
  • learning new skills

Please visit the linkAges community page to see how you can give back by responding to any offers or requests on the website. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and wishing you a wonderful start to 2019!

Inspiration of the Month

Ring in the holiday season with linkAges! 

The holidays come but once a year, let’s get together for some fun & cheer!

Please join us at Help-Full/linkAges’ potluck in Capitola! Eat, drink and be merry with your fellow linkAges members, as well as meet members from the Help-Full team. Members are encouraged to bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. If you’d like, you can let us know what you’re planning to bring at

This event will take place at the Capitola Community Center from 1:00PM – 3:00PM.

To RSVP, please register here.

linkAges December Partner Spotlight:

linkAges has collaborated with The Mountain View Senior Center to host many events and we are so grateful for their partnership. The Mountain View Senior Center is an all-purpose facility that offers programs and services for adults 55 years of age and over. They offer many types of classes, social events, community garden, and a nutrition program.

Insights on Isolation by Rochelle Perucca

I assume we all have broken something, perhaps a dish, cup, or bowl. We often simply pick up the pieces and toss them in the garbage. May I introduce you to Kintsugi, a Japanese art form that finds beauty in what was once broken? The hand craft involves painting lacquer dusted with powdered gold on the edges of the cracks. It treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object that is being restored.

Hemingway, in A Farewell To Arms, wrote: “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger in the broken places.” Regardless of our age, if we are a baby boomer, generation X, Y, or Z, most of us have wounds that need mending. The broken place hurts, if it’s from a broken bone, loss of a job, health, or the ending of a relationship. Can we look at ourselves and like Kintsugi, see beauty in our cracks? Can we be tender, compassionate and embrace what we feel is broken?

We are all in this journey together. When the wounds are deep, tears from our broken hearts can become the lacquer that helps to heal the cracks. We need time, tools and friends, who become like powdered gold, to soothe, mend and heal the broken places. We can learn from our cracks, take the best from them and trust that these experiences make us unique, precious, and hopefully more resilient.

May all breathe easily this holiday season.


rochelle Rochelle Perucca, a Fulbright Scholar, psychotherapist, a college professor for the past 35 years, and a National Park Ranger (language interpreter), has been a linkAges Community member since 2015. She has seen the many benefits of being part of a larger community and we welcome her contributions and insights to the linkAges newsletter.


Technology Tip:

Ever wonder what the number is next to the bell on the dashboard?

That number indicates you have some notifications. Have a high number of notifications on the dashboard? If so, there is an easy way to clear your notifications without having to read all of them. To remove the notifications, click on the bell or the number next to it. A prompt will appear and members will only need to click on “Mark all as read” (circled in red) to clear the notifications.


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