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
July 22, 2013
According to a 2013 survey that was commissioned by Pfizer, Inc. and Generations United, San Diego area residents are concerned about our city and ourselves as we get old. With nearly 10,000 people turning 60 every single day and San Diego’s senior population growing by 75% to nearly 1,000,000 people over 60 by 2030, I am not surprised.
(The tables are always full at Senior Community Centers)
The San Diego survey reveals the following findings:
- 70% of respondents in the San Diego area agree their workplace values diversity of age but their top work related fear is not being able to get a new job (63%) followed closely by not being able to retire when planned (58%).
- Only 22% of respondents feel the community is very prepared to provide appropriate healthcare facilities for older people and just 16% feel the community is very prepared to provide home caregiving.
- Only 16% feel the San Diego area is very prepared with transportation options for older people and just 15% see San Diego as very prepared to provide housing for this population.
- 56% of San Diego-area respondents feel U.S. politicians portray older generations in a positive way and more than half (53%) feel the media does, too.
- A huge majority (94%) agree that technology allows you to stay connected with the people in your life but that it’s a lot of work to keep up with (74%).
What does that mean for our city’s agencies and for Senior Community Centers? The survey shows we have some work to do educating San Diegans about the many fine resources that are available in our community for seniors. But it should also be taken as a wake-up call that we must be diligent about building a strong infrastructure to support the growing demands of an aging population. It is also a lesson for each of us, no matter our age, that we have both the opportunity and responsibility to do things that will keep us healthy, independent and able to fully enjoy our lives.
The full press release can be found here: Wall Street Journal. Stay tuned to this Get Old Campaign and join the conversation at www.getold.com.
April 30, 2012
Yesterday, we were featured in the U-T San Diego’s “Making a Difference” column. The piece is a perfect example of why we do what we do and how each day our staff has the opportunity to make a REAL difference in a senior’s life.
Check it out here and let us know your thoughts below.
February 6, 2012
Assemblymember Fletcher Visits Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center
We were delighted to host Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher for a visit with Senior Community Centers. He is the third major candidate running for Mayor of San Diego to visit our Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. So far, City Councilmember Carl DeMaio and Congressman Bob Filner have visited. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis visits this week. These visits provide an excellent opportunity to discuss aging policy issues that impact the City of San Diego.
Assemblymember Fletcher outlined key issues from his perspective facing the City. He also spent considerable time listening to concerns from seniors and answering their questions.
Also, look for a major announcement in the near future regarding Senior Community Centers and the Mayor’s race. . .
Money Matters with George Chamberlin
Did you see me on NBC Money Matters? It is a show hosted by veteran broadcast/print journalist George Chamberlin that airs on Saturday at 6:30pm on 7/39. George asked some good questions about aging baby boomers, senior employment and the “impact” of Senior Community Centers keeping seniors healthy and independent.
February 3, 2012
Filming my segment for Money Matters with George Chamberlin airing 6:30pm on Saturday.
September 27, 2011
Yesterday, I appeared on NBC San Diego’s local news program on the California Non-Stop Channel to discuss tips for seniors and their loved ones on how to prevent being a victim of financial abuse.
Seniors are living longer and more often in their own homes independently. This can make seniors vulnerable to scammers. According to MetLife, older Americans are losing $2.9 billion each year to financial abuse. This is a 12 percent increase from the $2.6 billion estimated in 2008.
Financial abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of income level, living situation, race, ethnicity, religion or social status.
Here are some great tips we spoke to, provided by Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood from the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. Greenwood is the head of Elder Abuse Prosecution. He encourages anyone who suspects elder abuse to contact the Adult Protective Services hotline at (800) 510-2020.
Tips courtesy of San Diego District Attorney’s Office:
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