If you have puzzles that you have completed and would like to share, bring them to the table. Cleaning or downsizing? Bring your items to the table.
Community Service…Marilyn Clough
While scraping mustard off the Vial of Life in my frig, I checked its contents and was horrified at how out-of- date my information was. This led me, after many amazing phone calls, to the new, personal emergency information L.I.F.E. File. Who knew? This 21st centu- ry version of the Vial will be available at our upcoming meeting for you, your family, friends and neighbors. It is a pouch 6″x 9″ which attaches to the outside of your frig (no mustard!). If paramedics are called to your home for an emergency, this information is immediate- ly available: the general information form, plus POLST, advance directive, and do-not-resusitate forms (if you have taken care of these last three de- tails; if not, please do!). This is an easy, organized method to have vital documents immediately available and could ultimately be life-saving.
Troop Support…Angie Jaggars
Let’s send more of our CARE packages…need names & addresses.
Opportunity Tickets…Barbara Robinson
April drawings at three for $1 are:
$15 Gift Certificate
(Thanks to Libby Harbour)
HABIT BURGER GRILL
Free Charburger w/Cheese
OR Equal Value Item Bascom Ave
(Thanks to Angie Jaggars)
2 Subscriptions 408-374-9700 **
(Thanks to Stephon Hansen)
March winners were:
BLUE SKY RESTAURANT
$25 Gift Card
HABIT BURGER GRILL
Free Charburger w/Cheese
OR Equal Value Item Bascom Ave
VASE OF FLOWERS
(Thanks to Jean Taniguchi)
Legislative Report…Daniel Nnorth and Claudia Schott
Fund LTSS Data Collection and Analysis – 3 million
The Department of Finance estimates that there are currently more than 8 million Californians over the age of 65 and this population is expected to grow significantly over the next decade. With this demographic shift, there will be a growing need for long-term services and supports (LTSS) due to a growth in the number of persons with physical and developmental disabilities as well as those with traumatic injuries who are surviving longer due to advances in medical care.
AARP is looking to some priority issues for 2018-2019. One is the funding of long-term service and support data collection and analysis. AARP strongly supports this budget request, which would appropriate funds to the Department of Health Care Services for the purpose of contracting with UCLA for collection and analysis of data on LTSS access and needs in California by incorporating questions from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) in the 2019-20 and 2023-24 survey cycles. A portion of these costs can be covered by federal Medicaid matching funds. Considering the growing population of people over 65, this may be a good thing. While national surveys collect data on the prevalence of disabilities and cognitive and functional impairments, they do not provide state- and county-level estimates of the populations that need and use LTSS in California, nor do they assess the need for LTSS by income level, age, type of disability, care setting, geographic region, or racial or ethnic group. Collection of this type of data will better enable California to accurately assess need and plan LTSS budgets accordingly.
AARP also supports a proposal for a one-time budget request for $2.2 million to the California Department of Aging to achieve statewide progress in closing the gap in Alzheimer’s diagnosis using an evidence-informed, bilingual, community-based public outreach initiative. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, just 45 percent of persons affected have been medically diagnosed by a clinician. This disparity disproportionately impacts communities of color, where prevalence rates of Alzheimer’s are significantly higher, yet diagnosis of the disease lags behind that of white Americans. Early detection makes a difference. There are numerous benefits to early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including advance-care planning for future health, legal and financial decisions, treatment options including lifestyle changes, medication management, and care planning and coordination.
AARP also supports a proposal for a one-time $15 million State General Fund allocation to establish Home Safe, a homelessness prevention demonstration grant program for victims of elder abuse and neglect who are served by county-run Adult Protective Services (APS). Home Safe is a critical step towards ending homelessness among victims of elder abuse and neglect.
Beginning July 2013, IHSS service hours were reduced by 8% for all recipients for a period of one year, with a 7% annual cut thereafter. The funding lost to those cuts was temporarily restored using proceeds from the state’s Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax, which will expire on July 1, 2019. The MCO tax must continue to avoid a 7% cut in IHSS service hours. AARP supports this proposal.
The last proposal AARP supports is increasing the state portion of the SSI/SSP to 100% of the Federal Poverty Level in 2019. The current SSI/SSP maximum grant levels are $889 per month for an individual and $1,496 per month for couples. This amount is inadequate to support safe housing, food, and other basic needs, such as utilities. According to the Federal Poverty Level, (FPL), an individual must earn at least $1,005 per month to make ends meet, and avoid poverty.
On another note, the legislation that was passed to close the “doughnut hole” in Medicare Part D in 2019 is being challenged by the big Pharma companies. AARP is working on protecting us from them and needs our help. We need to write to our Congressmen and women and tell them it’s time to stand up to Big Pharma, and say no. Tell your members of Congress to keep the doughnut hole closed and Rx costs down! Go to action.aarp.org and sign the petition!
Does the thought of moving cause your head to spin? You’re not alone. No matter what your circumstances, moving ranks high on the list of life’s most stressful events. Whether you just need to declutter to live more comfortably in your home, or a move is in your future, we’ll put this daunting task into perspective. This lively panel discussion will include:
• Key planning considerations for seniors and their families.
• How to decide what belongings and paperwork to keep.
• It’s not your Momma’s senior community. •
What resources are available to help. Brought to you by the Platinum Senior Network, this panel includes experts in Move Management & Estate Sales, Professional Organizing, and Senior Housing Referrals. The panel will be moderated by Debra Schwartz, Founder of Platinum Senior Network and a Seniors Real Estate specialist. Debra’s real estate career spans 3 decades. Inspired by events in her own family, Debra has become an advocate and resource for her own parents (Norm and Shelly Schwartz) and in helping seniors and their families with their real estate related needs in Santa Clara County.
APRIL 17 IN Q80
Social Time 9:30 am
Meeting 10 am
Leave clean clothing, bedding and nonperishable food for Sacred Heart on the bench outside. Please do not bring garage sale type items for Sacred Heart. Please bring books to share. Place these items on the first table: donations for the troops, new and used greeting cards in the box; your volunteer hours in purple envelope.
Lunch after Meeting:
Jack Holder’s 408-613-2365
3153 Meridian Ave #20, San Jose
Program: Debra Schwartz,
Platinum Senior Network
Moving or Downsizing?