Truth In Advocacy

October 26, 2011

Last summer, Seniors First San Diego advocates made their voices heard by championing the importance of AB 138 which requires the use of the Elder Index, rather than the antiquated Federal Poverty Level, in planning by local Area Agencies on Aging.

Advocates flooded the office of Senator Christine Kehoe with more than 250 letters of support. Kudos to Senator Kehoe for reading the letters and supporting the bill.

Last Sunday Governor Brown signed into law Assembly bill 138 the Elder Economic Planning Act of 2011.  It is a critical first step in making policy decisions for seniors based on real data rather than methodology that grossly understates income adequacy to meet basic needs.

This is a major victory for seniors throughout the State of California and the first big legislative success for Senior Community Center’s Seniors First San Diego™ campaign.

During this campaign, we learned a few things along the way. Foremost, we learned of the commitment that is required to see an idea transformed into policy. Issues are not resolved, nor policy created in a single act. It is a long road filled with many obstacles. So, Seniors First San Diego has adopted an acronym, V.E.R.A. which is rooted from Latin for truth, to remind us what is needed in our efforts to ensure that we stay true to our commitment to San Diego seniors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Windermere: Our Family of the Day

October 21, 2011

sarah scott sitting with augustineOur Food from the Heart campaign kicks off with the first family of the day sponsors Windermere.

In addition to sponsoring our nutrition program, Windermere staff spent the day volunteering and providing activities for seniors, such as a tenant rights seminar to a manicure station.

Picture: Sarah Scott gives a manicure to Augustine at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center.  Click here to become a Food from the Heart family >>


Weekend Wrap-up

October 17, 2011

An Inspiration for Us All. . .

100-year-old Faujah Sing set a world record on Sunday for being the oldest person to complete a marathon.  He completed the 26.2 mile Toronto Waterfront Marathon in just over eight hours. This is not his first marathon. In 2003 Sing set the record for those in their nineties while running in the same event. He attributes his successes to exercise, a healthy diet consisting of tea and curries, and steering clear of alcohol and nicotine. Singh’s victory proves that age doesn’t matter, saying that, “The first thing is to get rid of this notion that you’re old.”

Faujah Sing sets world record


Breaking Age Barriers

October 11, 2011

This is a terrific story in the U-T that positively depicts older adults.  Many of these men and women have overcome health obstacles and are still competing into their 80s and beyond.  Kudos to them for proving that age is no barrier to living life to the fullest!

At age 75, Jerry Sullivan is still playing basketball and still getting a kick out of working up a sweat while trying to work the ball inside for his favorite hook shot.

His game may not be what it once was and the victories sometimes don’t come as often as he’d like, but it doesn’t matter.

Sullivan each year plays in the San Diego Senior Olympics, and the experience of just getting on the court, being active and playing with close friends is worth far more than a gold medal. Read full article>>>


Weekend Wrap-up

October 10, 2011

Governor signs Elder Economic Planning Act of 2011

This is a major victory for seniors throughout the State of California and the first big legislative success for Senior Community Center’s Seniors First San Diego™ campaign. Seniors First advocates made their voices heard by championing  the importance of AB 138 which requires the use of the Elder Index, rather than the antiquated Federal Poverty Level, in planning by local Area Agencies on Aging. It is a critical first step in making policy decisions for seniors based on real data rather than methodology that grossly understated income adequacy to meet basic needs.  Senior First San Diego™ advocates flooded the office of Senator Chris Kehoe with more than 250 letters supporting the enactment of this legislation. Kudos to Senator Kehoe for reading the letters and supporting the bill. Seniors came together and made a video to advocate for AB 138. Thank you to everyone who wrote a letter, sent an email and tweeted their support. Seniors First San Diego™ demonstrated that seniors matter and deserve to be counted!

Seniors First San Diego invites you to join seniors, people who care for seniors and organizations as we continue to combat ageism, depict positive images of aging and engage seniors to become advocates on issues that affect them. Join now>>>


Thank you Councilman Faulconer

October 7, 2011

Yesterday Councilman Kevin Faulconer takes a moment to speak to a senior at Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center during serving seniors lunch. THANK YOU to Kevin and his staff for volunteering their time!

kevin faulconer talking to senior woman


Measuring What Matters: The Need for Governor Brown to Sign AB 138

October 4, 2011

Assembly Bill 138 (Elder Index) sits and awaits Governor Brown’s signature. I’ve sent my letter of support to the Governor. I included a link to a video created by Joe Gavin, an advocacy program intern and West Scholar from San Diego State University. If you haven’t already Take Action and email Governor Brown before October 8th.


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