Happy Older Americans Month!

May 10, 2013

Every year since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their achievements. This year’s Older Americans Month theme “Unleash the Power of Age!” shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that older adults contribute to our communities. 

The National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) works year-round to protect and empower seniors in our communities and wholeheartedly joins the 2013 Older Americans Month celebrations.

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As the President of NANASP I’d like to share the following upcoming developments from the latest NANASP bulletin:

In time for Older Americans Month, there are indications of new movement on two important bills that are monitored by NANASP: the Older Americans Act and the Farm Bill.

  • NANASP is monitoring developments with the staff of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging of the Senate HELP Committee which has jurisdiction over the Older Americans Act.  We are hoping for specific actions to be taken during May to jump-start the reauthorization process led by Chairman Bernie Sanders.
  • Action is expected in the House and Senate during the first half of Older Americans Month on a reauthorization of the Farm Bill. NANASP will monitor developments that work to prevent major cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as well as to prevent changes in eligibility for SNAP related to participation in other federal programs.  NANASP will also be working for a strong senior farmers’ market program as well as a strengthened Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and a renewed commitment to SNAP education.

Please join me in celebrating the millions of seniors who built this country through hard work and numerous sacrifices as well as the members of NANASP who continue to advocate for seniors in Washington and who provide critical services that keep seniors healthy, independent and happy.

Let’s take a moment and say Thank You to a senior for making our communities better places to live.

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NANASP is a membership organization for persons working to provide older adults healthful food and nutrition through community-based services. To join NANASP or renew your membership, please click here.

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Falling Back – Weekend Wrap Up

November 7, 2011

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…


Weekend Wrap Up

October 3, 2011

I don’t know about you, but this weekend flew by too quickly. Here are few things I want to share with everyone. If you didn’t read the Sunday U-T, they published an op-ed that I wrote about ageism. Read the entire article “Even as a Joke Ageism Isn’t Funny“.todd gloria, paul downey and civic engagement seniors

Seniors First Day in San Diego

Councilman Todd Gloria stopped by to serve seniors and proclaim September 29th, Seniors First Day. During his visit he posted with our civic engagement members and volunteered to serve seniors. Many thanks to Todd and his staff for all they do in our community. Join Seniors First San Diego today!

Food From the Heart

Giving to a good cause, and doing it as a family, is a chance for you and your loved ones, friends and colleagues to reflect on your core values and positively impact your community. Make a difference today and help feed low-income seniors. By becoming a Family of the Day, you will fulfill an important need – providing seniors with nutritious meals. Find out more about Food From the Heart Read the rest of this entry »


Weekend Wrap-Up

September 20, 2011

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Having Fun with Advocacy

On Saturday September 17, we participated in Politifest hosted by Voice of San Diego and NBC 7. We shared information about our organziation, invited San Diegans to join our network, Seniors First San Diego and watched the first 2012 mayoral debate.

NANASP Encourages You to Participate in FOOD DAY  on October 24, 2011

Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.  – Read more at www.foodday.org


Seniors oppose deficit-linked cuts to Medicare

July 29, 2011

As President of NANASP, the notion of balancing the budget on the back of seniors by cutting programs like Medicare is unacceptable. Our seniors deserve better and in a survey released this morning by NANASP; nearly 80% are opposed to deficit-linked cuts. Read more about the survey. What do you think?

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