August 30, 2013
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!
Want to serve lunch and put big smiles on our seniors’ faces? Visit www.servingseniors.org and find out How to Help!
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.
Listen to the interview and find out what seniors have to say here:
August 22, 2013 – KPBS Follow-Up Interview on Sequestration
August 16, 2013
It’s been 10 years this month since Senior Community Centers first opened Potiker Family Senior Residence – an affordable housing complex in San Diego’s East Village that nearly 200 seniors call their home!
Providing access to housing has the greatest economic impact on the quality of life for many low-income seniors in San Diego. Surviving on a small fixed income to pay for rent, food and medication is no easy task and seniors are at risk of homelessness and too often begin the downward spiral from independence to institutionalization in their golden years.
(Seniors at Potiker Family Senior Residence celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary)
A handful of residents have been with us for the entire 10 years and remember my announcement in 2003 that “Market Square Manor’ (the original name of the project) is ready for move-in day. Residents recall the days when they could see the Petco Park scoreboard from the roof of our building before nearby high rises took shape.
One of our residents is Joe (77). After being homeless for 17 years, he moved into Potiker Family Senior Residence in 2003. He found a new purpose to live and became the President of the Potiker Residents Association and the Director of the Garden Club. He shared his experience at our 10 year anniversary gathering with his fellow residents:
“This place saved my life and I love living here. I am so thankful for what staff and the management company do for us. They listen and make sure our needs are addressed. We have had great outings to Balboa Park and other San Diego destinations. I am most thankful for our flourishing garden and the joy it brings me and other seniors. Our Civic Engagement group is all about fellowship, solutions and everyone – all of you – are welcome. We are family here.”
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August 12, 2013
Seniors have a higher suicide rate compared to other age groups. Recent studies have shown that rates have increased from 1999 to 2010. According to a May 2013 report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate has increased 50 percent for men in their 50s. The number is even greater for women between the ages of 60 to 64, where suicides have increased 60 percent.
The reasons seniors are more vulnerable to suicide include: loneliness, illness, financial hardships as well as a lack of purpose. These reasons contribute to a major risk factor for suicide: Depression. Forming friendships and staying involved in social settings are crucial to prevent depression that could lead to suicide.
(Seniors at Senior Community Centers are socializing and new friendships could be the reason to get out of bed in the morning.)
Here is a list of tips and resources that help combat depression:
- It is crucial that seniors stay active both physically and mentally. There are many options and resources available for seniors. Whether it’s joining a club, taking a fitness class, volunteering or socializing with other seniors; staying involved and active is key to lowering the risk of depression and suicide.
- Senior Community Centers offers services to help those seniors who are struggling. Along with congregate meal sites, Senior Community Centers offers classes to promote lifelong learning and health services. We have a case management team available to guide seniors who need referrals to get the assistance they need. Over the years, working collaboratively with other social service agencies in the region, we have developed strong relationships so we are able to properly refer and ultimately provide a lifeline for at-risk seniors.
- Ask for help. If you or someone you know finds themselves in a predicament where additional resources or a friendly voice to talk to are needed, please contact Carlos Ochoa-Mendez at Senior Community Centers at 619-487-0719. However, if you or someone you care about needs immediate help, call the San Diego County Crisis Hotline at 888-724-7240.
The full article appeared in the Prime Monthly Magazine July 2013 Issue.
August 2, 2013
West Health is a leader in innovative approaches to lowering health care cost and Senior Community Centers is a proud partner to work towards that common goal. As part of the West Health Institute IDEA Series, I served as a panelist to discuss how advances in technology could change health care for a rapidly growing senior population.
Read more here or click the picture below to watch a video of the discussion: