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Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

The San Francisco Chapter has members that encompass the Bay Area, including San Francisco, the East Bay, Sonoma County and the Peninsula/South Bay area. 

For more information about the San Francisco Chapter, please contact Barbara Aspelin, Chair at


Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of  TTN

Our San Francisco Bay Area chapter was founded in November of 2005.  During this time, we've grown to over 150 members and close to 600 subscribers to our monthly newsletter.  We've held over 100 monthly programs and events in San Francisco, the East Bay and on the Peninsula.

We now have 18 peer groups, meeting in San Francisco, the East Bay, Marin County, Sonoma County and the Peninsula/South Bay areas. Eight to ten women gather at each others' homes to discuss issues of mutual concern or to share special interests.   Our chapter also supports an artists' group as well as a dining group and non-fiction book groups.We welcome suggestions for new special interest groups.  More peer groups are being started all the time. If you want more information, contact Barbara  Aspelin.
We have also established collaborations with relevant organizations in the Bay Area including San Francisco Village, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco,  Commission on the Status of Women, and the Commonwealth Club of California.

San Francisco Bay Area TTN Members enjoy many benefits including:
  • Meeting interesting, supportive women.
  • Participating in members-only peer groups. Small groups (8-10) discuss individual transitions, share special interests, plan  outings and activities, form friendships.
  • Attending monthly program meetings and special events at discounted rates.
Here’s a sample of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter’s recent monthly programs:
  • Jane Pauley, broadcast journalist, discussed her inspirational book, Your Life Callin​g about people in the middle of their lives navigate a “reinvention” phase to build a positive, powerful future
  • Importance and changing nature of friendships in women's lives 
  • Screening of the documentary, Let's Face It, about women and their aging faces 
  • Special Events, such as garden tours, food tastings, walking tours, lunches, theatre, museum trips, salsa dance classes
  • Health programs with UCSF on heart, cognitive health, bone health, fatigue
  • Updating Your Wardrobe in Times of Transition
  • Memoir writing with Francine Brevetti, biographer and journalist
  • Jennie Chin Hansen, president of AARP, on health and economic issues
  • Marc Freedman, founder of Civic Ventures, on finding work that matters
  • Aging in Place: Creating Caring Communities to Get Help at Home in Times of Need
  • Financial Perspective and Planning in Our Economic Times
  • Sex After Fifty and Beyond
  • Taking Risks in the Second Half of Our Lives
  • Workshop on transitions and what’s next in our lives
For East Bay TTN members, our chapter sponsors the Caring Collaborative, East Bay/San Francisco:

The Caring Collaborative, East Bay/San Francisco offers a support system in which women provide and receive services for medical and other life challenges. It is based on the Caring Collaborative, the innovative model for aging in community developed in New York by The Transition Network.  If you live in the East Bay and would like to learn more about the Caring Community, contact Toby Stewart, our Caring Community Coordinator. We are in the process of developing a Caring Collaborative in San Francisco.  For more information, contact Marilyn Straka.

Membership  in the San Francisco Bay Area chapter for one year is only $100.  To join, click HERE.

Not sure you want to join just yet, but want to attend TTN functions? You are welcome to do so.  Subscribe to our mailing list and receive our monthly newsletters with details of our events.  To subscribe, contact Dianne McCutcheon.

Events & Monthly Meetings

Please click on Events to view and register for upcoming events in the San Francisco area.


February 26, 2018
Jonee Levy, co-founder of SF nonprofit to help keep seniors at home, dies

TTN mourns the passing of vibrant and creative San Francisco activist, Jonee Levy, who helped hundreds of Russian Hill and North Beach seniors keep living out home. 
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August 28, 2016
TTN-Home: The New Age-Friendly Living
Ronni Sandroff, an award-winning writer and editor, explores innovations in housing options encouraged by TTN chapters. Read more...

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November 11, 2013
Making a Life-Long Friend
Deborah Coburn, a relatively new member of our chapter, followed her interest and found advice and a new friend! Read more...

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November 30, 2012
A Review of Our Paris Road Scholar Trip - Outstanding!
The special art study program to Paris was a huge success. The Road Scholar team was outstanding and everything went so smoothly. It was a great learning experience and an opportunity to enjoy Paris with a wonderful group of women.
(Image: The square in front of the Pompidou Centre - a benchmark art venue we visited to learn about French modern art) Read more...

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August 2, 2012
TTN SF Member Mary Radu is a Marigold Ideas for Good Contest Finalist!
Vote for Mary Radu! Remember the Marigold Ideas for Good contest featured recently on the website? Well, our very own Mary Radu is a finalist, and needs our help - click the link and vote today! Read more...

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February 28, 2012
Road Scholar: Paris 2012
Isn't it wonderful when a dream you have then turns into a reality? Well, that has happened to me. My dream? To organize a TTN trip to Paris, with the focus on studying art at its fabulous museums. It all comes true in October 2012! Read more...

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February 2, 2012
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is organizing a special art study program to Paris
Our art historian will be Dr. Clark Poling, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Emory University. Read more...

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November 2, 2011
Betsy Werley Meets with SF Bay Area Chapter Team Leadership
TTN San Francisco Bay Area chapter leaders recently hosted a dinner at the home of Dianne McCutcheon for Betsy Werley (standing), TTN national executive director. Read more...

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September 17, 2011
Gail Sheehy interviews Arlene Reiff
Author Gaily Sheehy interviews Arlene Reiff, co-founder and chair of the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more...

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February 5, 2011
TTN-SF is Five!
Fifth Year Anniversary Celebration for TTN's San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Read more...

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