To read the brief released today by the US Census. Click here>>>
Last month, I battled rush hour traffic at the speed of a walking toddler (alright, maybe more like a running toddler but you get the idea) up to Los Angeles for the California Senior Center Stakeholder Forum.
Participants were given booklets put together by California Commission on Aging. Senior Community Centers is recognized twice. First for our collaborative model of care at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center; secondly, for building a successful model of civic engagement. A first among low-income seniors. I’m extremely proud to be part of this organization as we continue to work to meet the needs of low-income seniors.
In addition to my moderation duties, we participated as panelists on advocacy and fundraising sessions. In our political climate, these two topics are vital the our ability to serve seniors. Tomorrow, the US Census releases information specific to older adults. Stay tuned because I’ll be sharing my thoughts about it in a special vlog post tomorrow.
Materials from breakout sessions for advocacy and fundraising (along with the other topics) will be shared on CCoA’s website.
The disparities in aging illustrated by Alison St John’s KPBS story, “Disparities Clear At Senior Living Communities In San Diego” are realities not just in San Diego but throughout the United States. As we sit down with our family and friends for Thanksgiving day dinner, I hope you consider the many seniors without support or families. I invite you to join Senior Community Centers in our mission to provide them with nutritional meals by becoming a “Food from the heart” family. Read more about this important program>>>
Let’s just say, we’re profoundly disappointed in the committee’s inability to work together on behalf of America.
(Washington D.C.) – Today, the Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Representative Jeb Hensarling and Senator Patty Murray, released the following statement. Read the following statement>>>click here
New Data Shows Seniors among Highest Poverty Levels
In case you missed it. Data released from the Census Bureau provides a startling picture of poverty in the United States. Individuals ages 65 and up have endured the highest spike in a shortage of funds mainly due to co-pays that aren’t covered by Medicare plans. More detailed information can be found in the following article by David Morgan, http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/07/us-usa-poverty-idUSTRE7A634M20111107
Members of Congress regularly cite the important work done by non-profit organizations to bridge the gap between government programs and actual community need. Yet we have a situation where the so-called “Super Committee” is considering draconian cuts in domestic programs like senior nutrition and eliminating or reducing the charitable gift deduction for taxpayers.
How can they possibly expect charities like Senior Community Centers to protect vulnerable seniors without government funding and private donations? The situation has devolved into the theater of the absurd.
To put the need in context, check out a couple of recent articles such as, “New scale finds more poverty” in the San Diego Union-Tribune and “Senior Citizens in U.S. Falling Into Poverty Faster Under Census Measure” in Bloomberg News. They illustrate how rapidly seniors are falling into poverty at higher rates. We know that the boomers aging into programs began this year. If predictions hold true, seniors will double their numbers by 2030. With the insurgence of older adults aging into programs, we must protect our ability to fundraise, especially if congress continues their path towards under-funding essential nutrition and wellness programs for seniors. We refuse to fade quietly away while the Super Committee decides to leave seniors out in the cold.
The Super Committee needs to think about the ramifications of its proposed cuts and make a clear statement in support of the charitable deduction. Please contact the members of the Super Committee and ask them to protect senior nutrition programs and charitable giving deductions.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Co-Chair, Phone: 202-225-3484
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Co-Chair, Phone: 202- 224-2621
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) Phone: 202- 224-2651
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) Phone: 202.225.6235
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) Phone: 202-225-3561
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) Phone: 202-225-3315
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)Phone: 202- 224-2742
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) Phone: 202- 224-4521
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) Phone: 202-224-3353
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) Phone: 202 224-4254
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) Phone: 202 225-3761
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) Phone: 202 225-5341
This weekend we gained an hour. What did you do with your extra hour?
Our Website Gets a Makeover
Senior Community Centers updated our homepage, added advocacy section to include more information on our key issues and Seniors First initiative. Along with the aesthetic changes comes a new sponsorship program, “Food from the Heart.” . If you haven’t seen it, click here >>>www.servingseniors.org
NANASP meets in Chicago, Sets Focus
Last week the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Service Programs (NANASP) Strategic Planning session was held in Chicago. It was decided that the focus will be on Reauthorization of Older Americans Act (OAA) and Budget issues surrounding (specifically) nutrition programs and (generally) aging programs.
The next deadline to watch is Wednesday. Super-Committee draft proposal is due to the Whitehouse Budget Office (WBO) November 23. The WBO previously stated that it needs two weeks to confirm savings in proposed cuts – which makes Wednesday a milestone. Stay tuned…