Senior Community Centers’ Seniors First San Diego Hosts the First-Ever San Diego Mayor Candidate Forum Addressing Critical Senior Issues

April 26, 2012

On Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center, we invite you to join us as we ask San Diego mayoral candidates their views on how they plan to shape legislation to keep up with exponentially growing senior population in our region.

George Chamberlin, executive editor of The Daily Transcript will moderate, and all four candidates, Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Bob Filner and Nathan Fletcher, have confirmed their attendance. The event is sponsored by The Daily Transcript and PRIME/San Diego Seniors. Seating is very limited, so please reserve your seat in advance by clicking here or calling (619) 487-0743.


At the Seniors First San Diego Mayoral Candidate Forum, candidates will be presented with key topics and concerns facing seniors:

  • Transportation
  • Healthcare Delivery
  • Nutrition
  • Affordable Housing
  • Employment Gap

While most of our questions for the mayoral forum will be predetermined, we have left one question open for the public to contribute. Please submit your specific question for consideration by Tuesday, May 1 to Christina Griffith at

If you are unable to attend the event, please tune into Twitter and follow @servingseniors and @seniorsfirstsd with the hashtag #SCCMayor to find out the juicy details live from the podium.

We look forward to sharing valuable information with you to help you determine your vote for the next mayor of San Diego.

See you there!


Support Older Americans Act

March 29, 2012

Yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders gathered 14 of his senate colleagues with thousands of advocates on capitol hill to call for reauthorization of Older Americans Act (OAA). The reauthorization is 2 years past-due and leadership in the house appears to not be taking up reauthorization. The Senate bill is the sole bill for reauthorization.

Originally enacted in 1965, the Older American Act (OAA) helps seniors remain independent in their homes and communities. OAA programs provide basic necessities such as meals, home-care, help coordinating long-term care, job training, legal services and protection from abuse and neglect in nursing homes. These programs save taxpayer dollars, by reducing health care expenditures and keeping people out of nursing homes and other expensive long-term care settings. Read more about OAA>>>

I support reauthorization, and ask that Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein join this movement to support reauthorization of Older Americans Act. Please join me in supporting this important bill, and email Senator Boxer (website email form) and Senator Feinstein (website email form).

To stay informed on OAA and other issues join Seniors First San Diego.

Photo Friday: My Meal Matters for Viv

March 16, 2012

senior woman

Viv, 60 years old, poses for a picture. She is just one of many seniors volunteering to share why meals served at congregate meal sites matter. It’s all part of Seniors First San Diego’s advocacy work to illustrate the importance and impact nutrition programs make in the lives of the millions of seniors who participate. Find out more>>>

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