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Sanford Center for Aging


Work & serve your community: We are recruiting for VISTA positions

VISTA workersYou don't have to choose between helping others and a career. The Sanford Center for Aging is recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA members now. VISTAs live and serve in the community and focus area of their choice. 

Most importantly, the VISTA positions below will work alongside Reno-area community leaders and organizations to make a lasting impact. For a one-year commitment, you will receive a living allowance, an education award (to put toward education expenses like student loans), health and childcare coverage, one year of Federal Non-Competitive (NCE) hiring eligibility (which provides advantages in the federal hiring process), and more benefits.

These positions are coming up; start your application now:
OLLI Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA
Renown Health Patient Education & Care Plan Coordinator VISTA
Renown Population Health Program Specialist VISTA
Sanford Center for Aging Transportation Coordinator VISTA
Reno Senior Hunger VISTA
Sanford Center for Aging - Health and Wellness Coordinator VISTA
Sanford Center for Aging - Volunteer and Partnerships VISTA

Visit to learn about the overall program and how to apply.


SOS 'Be a Santa to a Senior' trees are up

SOS Santa partySenior Outreach Services, part of the Sanford Center for Aging, is partnering with Home Instead Senior Care for "Be a Santa to a Senior."

Local merchants have placed "Be a Santa" trees in their stores through Friday, Dec. 6. Each tree bears cards listing the gift preference of a local elder in need. View the list of Reno-area participating merchants.

The "Be a Santa to a Senior" wrapping party will be 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Washoe County Senior Center, 1155 E. Ninth Street. The party is open to the public.


Natalie Mazzullo named to Nevada Commission on Aging

Natalie MazzulloNatalie Mazzullo of the Sanford Center for Aging has been named to the Nevada Commission on Aging. Gov. Steve Sisolak appointed Mazzullo to the commission in October.

"At the Sanford Center, we're looking to change the overall landscape of what healthy aging looks like, and how we can better assist all older adults in Nevada to strive for healthy aging," Mazzullo said. That fits perfectly with the mission of the Commission on Aging, she said, which is to facilitate and enhance the quality of life and services for Nevada elders.

Mazzullo is assistant director of the Nevada Geriatric Education Center, part of the Sanford Center. She is responsible for the NGEC's Geriatric Lecture Series, including the next presentation, "Diabetes and Substance Abuse Management Post-Prison Release of Older Adults," coming up in December.

She also is organizing the 2020 Caregiver Conference with the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division. The conference, "Approaches to Meet Residents' Individual Needs," will be held in both Reno and Las Vegas in February.

Mazzullo is based in Las Vegas, at the University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension office where she is also putting together a stakeholder group to address physical activity and nutrition education for older adults statewide. She grew up in Nevada and is starting to work toward a PhD at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on older adult learners.

The Nevada Commission on Aging is part of the state Aging and Disability Services Division.