January 2012 eNews        View all Issues    Subscribe

Older adults are a force for positive social change. With the aging of the population, there is a growing need to help people age successfully and participate in addressing the critical issues facing our country.

2011 was an exciting year of growth in OASIS opportunities for people to keep their minds and bodies healthy and engage in their communities. I invite you to visit our blog for a few highlights of our progress.


In 2012 we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of OASIS with a renewed commitment to promoting vibrant, healthy and meaningful lives for people over 50. Some of the most valuable ways we can do this:


·         Improve health for people with chronic conditions and reduce healthcare costs through Better Choices, Better Health, the online Chronic Disease Self Management Program developed by Stanford University.

·         Promote literacy and school success for children. More than 5,800 OASIS tutors are working one-on-one in 105 school districts with K-4 students who are at risk academically.

·         Reverse childhood obesity through CATCH Healthy Habits, which is expanding to 18 cities. Volunteers teach children to make healthier choices like eating more fruits and vegetables, getting regular physical activity and cutting down on screen time.

·         Help more people over 50 join the digital world through Connections technology training. Volunteers are leading classes in 24 cities to help people develop the technology skills they need to connect with family and friends, access benefits and succeed in the workplace.


I deeply appreciate all of you who have supported our efforts as volunteers, donors, partners, instructors and participants, and look forward to meeting these challenges in the new year.

Marcia M. Kerz

OASIS Tutor has a lasting impact on her student

  Evelyn Ruzensky

Alfa Ramirez was a shy, lonely 8-year-old living in a strange new city in 2004. That changed when she met Evelyn Ruzensky, an OASIS tutor.



As they talked, read and wrote stories together, Alfa’s outlook on school and life improved. By the fifth grade, Alfa says “I was actually confident about my work.”


Now a successful high school student, Alfa says her love for life, reading and writing is due to OASIS and Evelyn. “She inspired me to go on and not give up.” For Evelyn, the joy of seeing Alfa discover her potential is unforgettable.