Volunteer Appreciation Fiesta

May 26, 2016 - Serving Seniors

We could not do the work we do without the tremendous help we receive from our volunteers. From serving lunch to sponsoring Birthday parties, teaching classes and most importantly spending quality time with our family of seniors. The folks we serve are so incredibly thankful for the many ways our volunteers give back. We are truly grateful for the hard work and dedication of our Serving Seniors volunteers and today we celebrate them!

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Congratulations to this years award winners:

Group Award: Allianz Global

Longevity Award: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch

Philanthropy Award: National Charity League, San Diego Chapter

Horizon Award: Jack in the Box

Individual Award: LaVerne Browne

Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers, we truly appreciate all you do for our seniors!

Visit our Facebook page to see all of the pictures from the event

Senior Rally Day

May 13, 2016 - Serving Seniors

More than 500 seniors from throughout California held a rally at the State Capitol on May 11.  Senior Rally Day is an opportunity for California’s senior community to advocate and bring awareness to senior issues such as poverty, nutrition, healthcare, and long-term care.  Serving Seniors President and CEO, Paul Downey, who also serves as Chair of the California Commission on Aging, was a keynote speaker at the rally. Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee helped organize the rally.

“My number one priority is to give a voice to our state’s senior community,” said Assemblymember Brown. “California’s aging population faces a diverse set of challenges, and this rally presents a forum that will allow the legislature to work with seniors and find solutions to the issues they face.”   

Immediately following the rally, hundreds of seniors met with their state legislators to educate them on priority budget augmentations including a $5.4 million increase for senior nutrition programs which will provide an additional 730,000 meals annually statewide.

“Seniors make an impact each day. The State of California needs to honor that impact by building infrastructure that not only allows seniors to survive, but to thrive.”

Cheers to six years!

May 7, 2016 - Serving Seniors

Celebrating the 6th Anniversary of the Gary and West Senior Wellness Center 

More than 100 seniors gathered at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center today to celebrate the passage of the Older Americans Act (OAA) and the six-year anniversary of the Senior Wellness Center, a community-based health and wellness model of coordinated care located in San Diego that provides seniors access to daily meals and a host of holistic services and supports. cheers

U.S. Representative Scott Peters, a key congressional supporter of OAA, joined the festive celebration and commended Serving Seniors and the Senior Wellness Center, touting the importance of the Center not only to the seniors here locally, but as a nationwide model.

We were really pleased to reauthorize the Older Americans Act,” said Rep. Peters. “It’s very important—it’s the foundation for the federal government support for what you do here.”

Featuring testimonials from regular clients, songs sung by the “West Singing Seniors,” and a ceremonial toast, the event concluded with every senior receiving a “Hope for Successful Aging” bracelet knotted in the shape of the number eight. Each one symbolizes the reality that every eight seconds someone in America turns 65, and that we should all have the ability to age on our own terms.

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