Paul Downey: Seniors First Blog has Moved!

October 15, 2013

Exciting news!

This blog has moved to Senior Community Centers’ Website! Please take a moment to subscribe at the following address:

www.servingseniors.org/blog

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Same content. New guest bloggers. Up-to-date senior news.


Affordable Housing Facility gets new Name: POTIKER City Heights Residence

October 1, 2013

Senior Community Centers hosted an intimate gathering on Monday, Sept. 23 to honor a family with a big heart – Sheila and Hughes Potiker. The evening reception celebrated the family’s generous financial support of a $1 million matching gift challenge to sustain the future of low-income seniors now and for years to come.

To recognize the family’s ongoing leadership, Senior Community Centers renamed City Heights Square, a multi-story affordable housing complex designed to provide at-risk seniors with the protection and support they deserve, to the Potiker City Heights Residence. This is the second Senior Community Centers housing project funded by the Potiker Family. Sheila and Hughes son, Brian Potiker, spoke at the event on behalf of his family:

“My parents were very aware that many seniors don’t have a safe place to live. They don’t have anyone to watch or care for them, particularly when they’re most vulnerable. This is why this facility was so important to them.”

IMG_0195-2790434248-O(From left to right: Lowell Potiker, San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, Jori Potiker, Brian Potiker, SCC President and CEO Paul Downey)

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Potiker City Heights Residence is located at 4065 43rd Street. The residence consists of 150 affordable studios and one-bedroom apartments between 350 and 500 square feet each. Rent is far below the average high cost for housing in San Diego. Residents receive quality support services that prevent and remove the barriers to independent living, including nutritious breakfast and lunch, activities and socialization opportunities, access to a registered nurse and social service case management.

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To learn more about Senior Community Centers’ Affordable Housing Program please visit www.servingseniors.org.


Serving more than Healthy Meals to Seniors

September 25, 2013

James is a new senior resident at one of downtown San Diego’s single room occupancy hotels. James is new in San Diego and has no family or friends nearby. The small room is equipped with a twin bed and a tiny sink; bathrooms are shared with other hotel residents. Paying for the hotel room to avoid living on the streets is about all that James can afford.

James found out about Senior Community Centers home delivered meals program through other hotel residents and called to sign up as well. Kimberly, one of our home delivered meals drivers, came by the next day with a hot and nutritious lunch as well as breakfast for the next day. On Fridays, our drivers deliver breakfast and lunch for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately, James had to decline the meals because he could not store or heat up the food.

Letting one of our clients go hungry for an entire weekend – and many other weekends to follow – is not an option.  Senior Community Centers’ Food Service Director took extra ordinary measures and discovered a small fridge and a microwave in working condition in our limited storage space.

James was very grateful and surprised when Kimberly delivered a fridge and microwave along with fresh meals during her next visit! We sure made his day and are excited to know that James has access to healthy food seven days a week.

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Find out more about our Home Delivered Meals Program at www.servingseniors.org.


Throwback Thursday: Groundbreaking Ceremony

September 12, 2013

Even before the revitalization plan for San Diego’s East Village came to fruition, Senior Community Centers took a bold step and began the construction of our first affordable senior housing complex in 2002. Petco Park opened in 2004, residential buildings began to sprout up around the ball park in 2005.

Market Square Manor – now Potiker Family Senior Residence – opened in 2003 and 200 seniors found a stable and affordable place to call home.

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Learn more about our affordable housing options at http://www.servingseniors.org.


Worth Reading: 3 Articles on Encore Careers

September 4, 2013

Whats Next

Here are three inspiring articles on encore careers:

The Surprising Truth About Older Workers

Mark Simoneau was out of work or underemployed for over 4 years until his patience paid off: At 65 he could be retired and collecting benefits. But what he’s realized, he says, is that “I’m a worker.” He enjoys solving problems, helping coworkers and passing on his knowledge to others. That, as it turns out, is a good thing, and not just for his new employer.

Encore Conference 2013 Highlights – Big Ideas For Second Half of Life

With Americans living longer, and experiencing retirements likely to extend over 20 or 30 years, the question comes up: What should people do with the second half of their lives? Find inspiration in this article.

90-Year-Old Lovebirds are literally sweeping the Nation

In an interview with HuffPost, the couple explained why they think the commercial is such a hit?  “Frankly I think it’s our age. You usually don’t see people our age in commercials,” Morty Kaufman said. “We feel that all the commercials are made by young, beautiful people and we think our age group has been neglected and so we’re holding up our end.”

What’s next for you? Who or what inspires you to start an encore career?


Picture of the Month: City Council President Todd Gloria Serves Lunch

August 30, 2013

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San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria and his team served lunch at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center this month. While seniors always feel honored to greet and chat with Mr. Gloria, Violet was especially excited about her special birthday experience!

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Want to serve lunch and put big smiles on our seniors’ faces? Visit www.servingseniors.org and find out How to Help!


KPBS Follow-Up Interviews on Sequestration

August 26, 2013

Last week KPBS came by the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center to follow-up on the effect that federal across-the-board budget cuts have on low-income seniors in San Diego County.

Proposed cuts to Senior Community Centers’ Meals Program have increased to $233,000 since sequestration first became a reality in March of this year. At a cost of $2.50 per meal, these cuts leave 93,200 meals unfunded. While the gridlock in Washington to figure out the final budget is getting dangerous, Senior Community Centers is committed to serve high quality food and not turn any hungry seniors away.

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Listen to the interview and find out what seniors have to say here:

August 22, 2013 – KPBS Follow-Up Interview on Sequestration


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