Impending Storm Calls for Bipartisan Leadership

January 24, 2013 - Paul Downey

Welcome to the new year as we continue our quest to put Seniors First. In recent months, we have all been so wrapped up in the struggling economy and now the slippery slope of the fiscal cliff that we have failed to pay attention to another looming storm on the horizon – the silver tsunami.

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Baby boomers (people born between the years 1946 and 1964) began turning 65 in 2011. In fact, 10,000 people turn 65 every day now. In 2000, there were 35 million senior citizens in this country. By 2030, there will be 72 million, which will represent 20 percent of the U.S. population. Without services and support in place, the long-term implications of the aging baby-boom population are daunting. […]

A bill was introduced a few months ago to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Unfortunately, his bill – while excellent – received little attention and even less support from his colleagues in the U.S. Senate. In the House of Representatives, not one hearing has been held or piece of legislation been introduced. […]

There is no time like the present to get something done. With the ever-increasing senior population, the OAA is needed now more than ever. Nine million seniors currently rely on the OAA-funded programs for vital, life-sustaining needs. The program also saves taxpayer dollars by reducing health care expenditures, the number of nursing home placements and other expensive long-term care facilities. In fact, the programs require a relatively modest level of assistance (about 0.02 percent of federal discretionary spending), but often make the difference between healthy independent living and costly assisted living, nursing home placements or expensive hospital stays. […]

Call, write, email, tweet and Facebook our congressional delegation and U.S. senators and tell them to end the partisan games and get to work. There are thousands of acres of common ground when it comes to the OAA and helping vulnerable seniors. Let’s show our support for the older adults in our lives, be it grandparents, mothers, fathers, aunts or uncles, and make our voices heard.

~The above material first appeared in the U-T San Diego on January 10, 2013 and the full article can be found here

Experience of A Lifetime – Tickets Still Available

January 13, 2013 - Serving Seniors
Derek Slevin

U-T San Diego Article: Faces of the Homeless

On April 3, Senior Community Centers will host a unique event experience featuring a stunning photographic exhibit, food stations, exciting entertainment, live auction and a high energy program. Proceeds will help fill the plates of the seniors we serve every day. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

Award winning photographic artist, Derek Slevin, has captured the essence of the homeless senior population through his riveting images. The portraits reveal the daily hardships that these men and women endure and the heavy burdens carried in their hearts, as well as the life that radiates from them. Each portrait is accompanied by that senior’s captivating story told in the eloquent words of Hannah Cohen.

We are thrilled to partner with Derek on this project. He understands the needs of homeless seniors and his photos bring humanity to this forgotten population.

Check out the article in U-T San Diego about Derek and the Experience of A Lifetime event.

Event Details

Thursday, April 3, 2014
5:30pm VIP Reception | 6-9pm Main Event

Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
1000 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
Complementary valet parking

Tickets
$150 General/$250 VIP Ticket
VIP Benefits: Private reception with photographer, champagne, appetizers and signed copy of exhibit photo book.

Buy your tickets today!

Visit: www.servingseniors.org
Call: (619) 487-0605
Email: Experience@servingseniors.org

 

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