Support Older Americans Act

March 29, 2012 - Paul Downey

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Originally enacted in 1965, the Older American Act (OAA) helps seniors remain independent in their homes and communities.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.

Elder Law & Advocacy Launches Senior Sentinel

March 27, 2012 - Paul Downey

Senior Sentinel, a new online publication, aims at educating and connecting senior legal advocates.  It’s free and will give you valuable and up-to-date information on the legal issues affecting seniors in our community.

Elder Law & Advocacy is a wonderful organization that protects and fights for seniors countywide. I expect this will be a great resource, joining advocates together to protect seniors at a time where fraud and abuse is on the rise. I strongly encourage you to stay informed through the e-newsletter and join today. I did.

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Weekend Wrap-up

March 12, 2012 - Paul Downey

Coming of Age Film Series at MOPA

The festival opened in January, with a special screening each month through June 2012 of films to celebrate the process and power of aging.  Best of all, it’s free! Last week the film was “Poetry” 2010. The next film is April 12, 6:00 pm – Captain Abu Raed (2007) – An aging airport janitor who is mistaken for an airline pilot by a group of poor neighborhood children weaves fantastical stories to offer hope for a sad, and sometimes unchangeable, reality. To find out more go to MOPA’s website.

Rides & Smiles launches in Carmel Valley

Transportation is one of the top issues for seniors. In Carmel Valley, there has been no public transportation to count on. Jewish Family Services of San Diego launches ride service program to serve residents of this Carmel Valley. Read full article on Carmel Valley seniors to take needed rides – San Diego Public Policy |

Notable Birthdays

Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years

Over the years, we’ve enjoyed working with various troops from all over the county. Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! I heard that the San Diego County administration building will be lit in green this week to honor 100 years of female scouting.

Romney turns 65

Presidential candidates are seniors too. Busting the stereotype of retirement and sitting in a rocking chair, Mitt Romney continues his campaign for the Republican nomination. Age isn’t a barrier to contributing to our society and fulfilling ones dreams or ambitions.

Photo Friday: Team Emerald

March 9, 2012 - Paul Downey

Councilmember Emerald came by to visit the Wellness Center and volunteer to serve seniors. 365 days (366 this year) community groups and individuals, like Team Emerald come to volunteer during lunch to serve seniors. She jumped right in, serving two lunches and setting up for our next lunch.

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