People of a Certain Age

What's on your mind?


Wisdom Circle

A Wisdom Circle is a discussion group that encourages people of a certain age to come together, talk, listen, and learn. Wisdom Circles are built around the question, "What's on your mind?" The facilitator is Lorne Evje, storyteller and communication subject matter expert.

A Wisdom Circle focuses on meaningful conversation about life experiences, successes, challenges, and problem-solving — while participants connect with friends and meet new people. For the most part, participants talk about whatever they like, including:

  • Aging

  • Death

  • Depression

  • Family

  • Fear/Anxiety

  • Finances

  • Friendship

  • Fun

  • Gratitude

  • Health

  • Lifelong Learning

  • Retirement

  • Volunteering

The components of a Wisdom Circle are intellectual stimulation, emotional support, and social interaction. This keeps the brain active while giving free rein to the sense of humor.

Benefits of a Wisdom Circle

Studies show the importance of community as people age. Isolation affects health, happiness, and longevity. A good way to promote community is to bring people together on a regular basis and encourage them to talk about what's important to them. A Wisdom Circle allows us to ask the question, "What's on your mind?" and listen to the answer.

Structure of a Wisdom Circle

  • All people are welcome to attend; the minimum age is 50.

  • Wisdom Circle usually meets at a retirement community or senior center.

  • Wisdom Circle usually meets once a week for 60 minutes, sometimes 90 minutes.

  • Wisdom Circle varies from 4 or 5 participants to 12 or more.

  • Attendance is always drop-in; advance sign-up is not required.

People with serious physical or mental health issues should seek professional help but could, with the consent of their medical professional, use a Wisdom Circle as extra support to help make treatment more efficacious.

How to Get Started

A good way for you to determine if a Wisdom Circle is right for you or someone you love is to visit one and see how it works. We can arrange a no-cost, no-obligation visit if you’re interested in exploring a Wisdom Circle as a way to improve health, happiness, and longevity. Please call or text 415.794.4361.

My mission is to promote stimulating conversation among people of a certain age from all walks of life.
— Lorne Evje

Resources for Lifelong Learners

California Department of Aging Programs and Services

Look up community-based services by county: health promotion, nutrition, legal assistance, employment, caregiver support, and a range of other resources.

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If you meet income guidelines, take advantage of the Energy Savings Assistance program for weatherization services by trained and certified technicians.


Looking for a place to attend a weekly Wisdom Circle?

Visit the Pinole Senior Center website for directions, classes, events, and more. For information about the Wisdom Circle, call or text 415.794.4361.

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Well Connected allows you to connect in classes and groups with people who are interested in a wide variety of topics, including art, zoology, music, or meditation, to name a few.

Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging

Resources including senior care, family support, volunteer home visitors, occupational therapy, transportation and meals assistance, and much more.

Does the state of California have property that belongs to you?

Check the State Controller website for “Unclaimed Property,” such as bank accounts, stocks, bonds, insurance benefits, wages, and more.