Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for
somebody else
.”  ~ Maya Angelou

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REPORT PENDING… Awards Handed out at the 2012 Centenarians’ Awards Luncheon!

Cathie Peacock, and the The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging Centenarian Committee … has been working hard along with the other members of her committee to get ready for the 2012 Centenarian Awards Ceremony scheduled for October 24, 11AM.

The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging acknowledges and honors our citizens who have reached age 100 yrs or older.  They will be inducted into Tuolumne County’s Centenarian Society.  In addition, those who are 96 (freshman); 97 (sophomores); 98 (juniors); 99 (seniors) years old are recognized as students in the University of Life of Wisdom and Experience.

Jots & Thoughts…
by Roberta Goodwin

COASenior Website Launched!! The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging’s new website is up!
Check it out at:  http://coasenior.com/

Pinecrest Day Use Area Improvement Work Starting This Fall

“Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor, Susan Skalski, announced that construction for improvements to the restrooms, amphitheater and associated infrastructure of the popular Pinecrest Day Use Area is scheduled to begin this fall. The contract for construction is expected to be awarded soon with construction beginning in October; depending on how early the snow begins to fall this year.
The day use and parking improvements are anticipated to take three to five years to complete.  Construction activities are planned to occur September through May each year in order to avoid the busy summer recreation season.
For more information on the planned improvements, keep up with construction timelines and to sign up for email updates, the public is encouraged to visit: www.pinecrestlakeupdate.com.
This website is provided by the PG&E to help inform people of upcoming improvements to the Pinecrest Recreation Area.”

A new feature:  Our county supes will be sending in news to our blog from their goings on around the county. Here’s our first submission – below, from Liz Bass.  (John Gray’s will be linked to his column in Groveland’s Yosemite Highway Herald.)

“Heads Up From Our Board of Supervisors”
From Liz Bass, Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors

“Health care reform is a topic of  interest to all of us, but there is a particular group I am hearing about lately who may or may not be affected by system changes when all the dust settles.  They are the dual eligibles’.  The term means people who are now eligible for programs funded through both Medicare and Medi-Cal.

At this time, it seems that no one locally has full information on how the dual eligibles will receive services when the reforms go into effect.  There is a timeline that local agencies are working with to get things straightened out.  I have spoken to Ann Connolly and Pauline White about this during the past several months and they are both working hard to make sure that everything works out well for their clients.

If you hear the term “dual eligible,” I hope this short note will remind you that it refers to a service delivery system problem.  The Department of Human Services and Area 12 on Aging and are taking the lead on solving it here in Tuolumne County.

I’ll let you know more when I know more.  Liz”

To go to: John Gray’s column in the YHH called “Supervisor’s Corner” (page 5)
take a peek here… http://www.yosemitehwyherald.com/images/September_12.pdf

Trend?
From a recent article by Kiplinger by Kathryn A. Walson, Staff Writer, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, which says there’s a slight trend for seniors to move back in with their adult children and even with their grandchildren. While college age kids and the so-called “boomerang” kids are getting all the press for moving back home in increasing numbers, it seems that twenty percent of older adults over the age of 65 are doing it as well (up from 17% in 1990). AARP  says it’s an opportunity to bond with children and grandchildren in a way that wouldn’t happen otherwise.
Read more:http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/krr-when-a-parent-moves-in-with-the-kids.html#ixzz25Kjcjlhj

Driving into later years?
An old debate surfaces: as more people age into later and later years, more older people are  driving.  A recent Associated Press article describes a 100 year-old man who caused injuries to 11 people when he plowed into a group of parents and children outside a Los Angeles elementary school.  The retired sales manager, who lives in Los Angeles, had just renewed his license with a perfect score on his written test.  The debate: How old is too old to continue to drive?

Save the dates!!!!

2012 Centenarian Awards ~The 2012 Centenarian Awards ceremony is scheduled for October 24, 11AM – 12PM, Tuolumne County Senior Center. Don’t miss this opportunity to honor our community’s Centenarian Society members and meet the County’s newest residents reaching the 100 years young milestone.

“Legal Matters” updated July, 2012

1. Silver Alert SB 38: proposed by Sen. Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) – was recently passed… Almost 600,000 individuals in California have Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, that number will grow to more than 1.1 million by 2030, and 6 in 10 people with Alzheimer’s will wander away from their homes or care facilities at some point. People with Alzheimer’s often lose their cognitive ability to remember when to eat and drink or protect themselves from extreme weather. Silver Alert would be similar to the successful Amber Alert program for children. More on it from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_AlertA Silver Alert is a public notification system in the United States to broadcast information about missing persons – especially seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other mental disabilities – in order to aid in their return. Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets—such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable TV—to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways to alert motorists to be on the lookout for missing seniors.

2. SB 810: as per – http://www.democraticunderground.com/101440504 As of Tuesday Jan 31, 2012 “Today SB 810, “Medicare for All” single payer legislation, was killed on the California Senate Floor. More about the bill from this website: http://californiaonecare.org/learn-more/sb-810/sb-810-overview

3. AB 1525: Financial Elder Abuse: Money Transmitters sponsored by Assembly member Michael Allen)… This bill requires that money wire transfer services be included in the definition of mandatory reporters of suspected financial elder abuse.

4. AB 2374: sponsored by Assembly member Roger Hernandez. Prohibits a consumer credit card reporting agency from charging a person who is 65 years old or older a fee when placing a security freeze on his or her credit report.

5. AB 1648: Brownley: The California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, ftp://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/03-04/bill/sen/sb_1601-1650/sb_1648_cfa_20040618_120723_asm_comm.html

Did YOU Know?… For your better living…

1. Area 12 Agency on Aging ~This agency’s helpful staff provides services to more than 11,000 seniors in five counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne. Services include information and assistance, caregiver support, nutrition, fitness, Medicare counseling and much more. The agency is headquartered in Sonora, at 19074 Standard Rd. Contact Area 12 at (209) 532-6272 or (800) 510-2020, www.area12.orgT’is the Season: one of Area 12’s season appropriate services is help with fire clearance. Call 532-6272 and ask about their “Chore” program, or ask them in general how they can help you with your other living challenges.

3. PG&E’s low-income program ~ PG&E has a low-income program called “The Energy Savings Assistance Program” and they partner locally with Sears to bring new refrigerators to folks. According to an installer I talked to named “Mike” … he and his crew make about 10 stops a day in the county to bring free brand-new refrigerators. His clients run to – he estimates – about 70% seniors. As part of the program, the crew even picks up their old refrigerators (and refurbishes/recycles them). The service area extends from Mi-Wuk to Riverbank, more or less, as he explained. Other features of the program include what they term “Improvements to your house, apartment or mobile home including compact fluorescent lights, caulking, showerheads, minor home repair and more.” To find out more about the program and whether you’re eligible, or if someone you KNOW is eligible, go to: http://www.pge.com/myhome/customerservice/financialassistance/energysavingsassistanceprogram call or call 800-989-9744.

4. Senior Services Directory ~ Pick up this handy 24-page guide to local senior services at the sheriff’s Community Service Unit office in The Junction Shopping Center. Published by the nonprofit Senior Resource Service (SRS), it includes contact information for everything from health care and housing to transportation and emergency services – “anything a senior might need,” says Judy Finley, SRS president. A complete version of the directory (61 pages) is available online at the Friends and Neighbors website, http://www.tcfan.net, under the home-page link titled “Resources.”

5. “REACH” or “Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help is a program provided by PG&E and administered by the Salvation Army to help folks with delinquent electricity bills. This from Catherine Driver: “We are working with our local Salvation Army to provide help to elders in need of assistance with their PG&E bills. We will be helping those 62 and over while Salvation Army will work with those under 62. (We will help in the case of a participant in the OE program, regardless of age.) Our part, like the Salvation Army’s, is to assist in filling out the needed paperwork and making sure all appropriate paperwork is included (i.e. PG&E bills, proof of age, etc.). We then call PG&E to make the ‘pledge’ and then fax the paperwork to Salvation Army in San Francisco. We can be reached at 532-7632 and Salvation Army can be reached at 588-1986. Catherine Driver, Engagement Coordinator, Older Adult Outreach &Engagement Program.”

7. Minor Home Repair ~ Area 12 Agency on Aging offers a program for eligible county seniors “designed to assist seniors over 60 who have home repair problems they cannot resolve which threaten health & safety.” To be eligible, you must: be 60 years of age or older; reside in Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Mariposa Counties; live in your own home. Typical repairs include… (among others) hard to turn faucets; leaky toilets; door knob repair; install grab bars; repair doors and windows; ramp repair. Call Area 12 Today for more information on how you can arrange for needed home repairs 209-532-6272… Or go to: http://www.area12.org/support.aspx. Also, you can view their website at: http://www.area12.org/

In future, we will blog with even more information on matters of interest to county seniors so stay tuned! And please feel free to let us know YOUR ideas for events or forums that you want to see!We actively solicit your comments. You may contact the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging by email at aging2010@gmail.com

To go to:
Area 12 Agency on Aging’s website, go here: http://www.area12.org/
Little House website, go here: http://thelittlehouse.org
Friends and Neighbors website go here:http://seniorfan.com

THANK YOU for reading! … Editor Roberta Goodwin
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