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  Addressing the Social Isolation and Loneliness of Elders 

Senior Inclusion and Participation Project SIPP

Our team


Margriet DeLange, Project Director


Margriet DeLange is a Certified Professional Gerontologist and insightful educator and presenter.  She holds a Master’s degree in Gerontology from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from J.F. Kennedy University, and was selected at both Universities as Alumni of the Year (2007 and 2014).


Margriet founded StoriesUnfolding in 2006, and has since enjoyed bringing together hundreds of participants to connect through the sharing of personal life stories.
Starting 2006 until her retirement in 2017, Margriet has taught Gerontology courses at Foothill College in Los Altos, San Francisco State University and J.F.K. University.


Her experience also includes working with the Santa Clara Country Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) as the Community Organizer for the project Protecting Our Elders: an Interfaith Response to Elder Abuse and Neglect.

In 2016, in response to the alarming prevalence of senior loneliness and isolation, Margriet, in collaboration with CAFE’s Director, Dr. Anabel Pelham, launched SIPP, the Senior Inclusion and Participation Project.


Debbie Ulanday


Debbie Ulanday has been involved in the eldercare arena for many years. She has always felt a calling for the older adult population to have a voice, a dream, and a community where they feel they belong and are valued.

She has volunteered at many Senior-oriented events since youth, was Senior Services Community Director in college, worked for an assisted living facility and an in-home care services company, is in progress for her Gerontology certificate, and well networked with other elder services and people of the same heart. Being Associate Project Manager of SIPP has become a natural part of that calling.


Susan Lewis, Project Associate


Susan Lewis loves helping older adults achieve optimum health and wellness.She is currently working for the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence, providing technical assistance for all 15 Santa Clara County cities engaged in the process of receiving their Age-Friendly designation from the World Health Organization.

Previously, she was a task force member and lay leader for Protecting Our Elders, an interfaith elder abuse and neglect project of the Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services and the Archstone Foundation.Susan’s education includes: B.A. in Sociology, AA in Adaptive Fitness Therapy and Career Certificates in Gerontology and Adaptive Aquatics.


Susan Roche, Project Associate


Susan Roche has lived in Los Altos for 31 years. As a BAT leader in her neighborhood she has re-discovered the value of a supportive network of neighbors helping to build a better community.

By also becoming a SIPP associate she hopes to foster the idea of inclusion by encouraging other BAT leaders to reach out to seniors and make sure they are getting the resources and support they need. 

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