Pirate Palooza Booty

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2 days passes – California Worldfest

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2 day camping passes – Harbin Hot Springs

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Certificate for 1 hr. & 15 min massage – Vitality-Wellness Studio

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1 full tune up ($65 value) – The Bicycle Wheel

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1 Honey Run Mead Wine – Honey Run Winery

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2 $50 gift certificate – Lifetouch

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1 $30 Gift Card – Nash’s Restaurant

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Baskin Robbins & Togo’s Donation 1 family sandwich and a pre packed quart ice cream & 1 regular sandwich, 1 bag of chip, 1 20oz fountain drink and one 4oz. scoop of ice cream

 

Support our Seniors

Reneto Wilkins, a senior living in Washington, D.C., nearly became homeless when he lost his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for two months. Why was he cut off? He was trying to save for a winter coat and exceeded the unrealistically low asset limit to receive benefits. This was a life-threatening event for Reneto who lives with several chronic illnesses and relies entirely on his SSI income to survive.

Earlier this month, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown took a stand for Reneto and millions of our country’s low-income older adults and introduced the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 2089). Join forces with NSCLC and Senators Warren and Brown by supporting our continued advocacy to improve SSI.

“SSI is a critical program that helps millions of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens keep their heads above water,” said Senator Warren.

The Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 2089) is a bill that will provide much needed updates to the SSI program – such as increasing the asset limit from $2,000 to $10,000 – that would allow seniors like Reneto to save for emergencies like a home or car repair and make it easier for all low-income seniors to get the support and assistance they desperately need.  A version of the bill was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1601) by Representative Raul Grijalva last year.

“Millions of vulnerable Americans who struggle just to get by depend on Supplemental Security Income to help take care of their families, but inflation has significantly decreased the ability to qualify for SSI benefits, hurting seniors,” said Senator Brown.

Please support NSCLC’s advocacy with an online donation today. Your contribution will allow us to continue to work with Senators Warren and Brown and Representative Grijalva to get Congress to improve the SSI program.

Standing together, we can improve the economic security of millions of poor seniors.

Sincerely,

Kevin Prindiville

Executive Director

National Senior Citizens Law Center 1444 Eye Street, NW Washington, DC 20005

NSCLC staff are available to help advocates with answers to questions about program rules and requirements, reviewing and analyzing pleadings, commenting on proposed litigation, assisting in the formulation of strategies, drafting opinion letters and providing memoranda, articles and other written materials. NSCLC is a member of the National Legal Resource Center that provides legal support to the Aging Advocacy Network.

Goodbye Winter Hello Spring

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What does one think of when the first day of Spring arrives? Other people are perhaps thinking of gardening, remodeling, construction, and more rain to come right? At ILSNC, pirates are sailing the seas and a great deal of planning and implementation go into making Pirate Palooza happen. Folks have so much fun at Pirate Palooza, and the great staff behind the scenes makes it look so easy. The 8th year of Pirate Palooza in Chico brings more feasting, fun, entertainment, and treasure that it is going to be a blast. Not out of a smoking cannon, but simply so much fun. Some tickets are still available for Pirate Palooza, so come on over to the ILSNC office in Chico or call 800-464-8527 to get them. You can even grab a table to bring a work team, a family, or friends together for a Saturday evening out doing something joyous and make some memories.  Share with co-workers, family, and friends.

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Lawmaker Pushes for Restoration of State Funds for Senior Services

by David Gorn

Monday, March 17, 2014

http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2014/3/lawmaker-pushes-for-restoration-of-state-fund-for-senior-services

Assembly member V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) last week said it’s imperative to restore $25 million in funding for senior services cut from previous budgets, particularly from the 2011-12 budget. He wants an Assembly budget subcommittee to put that money back.

“Over the last 10 years, state funding for senior programs within the Older Californians Act has been slashed to the bone,” Pérez said.

That includes elimination or reduction of a long list of senior services, he said, including Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Centers, Senior Companion, Linkages, Respite Care, Brown Bag, Caregiver Resource Centers and the Long-term Care Ombudsman program.

Fully restoring funding for all of those services would come with a relatively low price tag, Pérez said — $25 million of general fund dollars would translate into $41 million, when matched with federal money, Pérez said.

The issue is expected to be reviewed at next week’s hearing of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

Pérez said life has changed for seniors in California in recent years — and not for the better.

“Community-based programs … enable seniors to remain independent in their own homes, avoiding costly placement into institutional settings,” Pérez said. “The drastic cuts … have done serious harm to the infrastructure of the aging services network.”

Pérez cited statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation that rank California seniors as having the second-highest poverty rate in the nation. One in five California seniors live in poverty, he said, and more than half the seniors in the state live below 200% of poverty. The number of seniors is increasing in California so over the next few decades the overall number of people affected likely will climb dramatically, he said.

“I believe the restoration of funds to the Older Californians Act fits squarely with the core values of the [Democratic] Caucus’ Blueprint for a Responsible Budget,” Pérez said.

“Especially now with the state’s older population on the rise,” he said, “we must make essential state investments to repair and revitalize this network of flexible, locally driven, person-focused services.”

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Debbie Toth

Thank you for this article. I am happy to see an elected official taking an interest in the systematic decimation of the senior safety net; albeit 6 years late. The problem is it’s only one tiny spec of the senior safety net that has been unraveled to balance the budget. Programs, like MSSP and ADHC, which serve a primarily nursing facility level of care population, have seen elimination and the number of seniors able to be served due to millions in funding cuts plummet. If and when the electeds are really ready to talk restoration of the senior safety net, they might first look at remaining infrastructure, the frailest and most at risk, and for necessary programs like the Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center and other Older CA Act funding – a better way to ensure the greatest number of dollars are going to direct service, not more uncoordinated oversight. It’s a new day: we need to spend more thoughtfully to have a greater opportunity to preserve more independence and dignity.

March 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Nancy Volpert

Director of Public Policy

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

3580 Wilshire Blvd Suite 700

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Direct Phone: 213.260.7906

Phone: 323.761.8800

Fax: 323.761.8801

nvolpert@jfsla.org

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Crime Odds Nearly Triple for those with Disabilities

By Shaun Heasley ~ disabilityscoop.com

The number of violent crimes committed against people with disabilities is on   the rise, new government data indicates.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics said that there   were 1.3 million nonfatal violent crimes against persons with disabilities in   2012, up from the roughly 1.1 million estimated for 2011.

The findings come from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which is   conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and asks about experiences with crime —   whether reported or unreported to police — among those age 12 and older   living in the community.

Individuals with disabilities encountered violent crime at nearly three times   the rate of those in the general population. Simple assaults were the most   commonly cited crime against this group followed by robbery, aggravated   assault and rape or sexual assault.

Those with cognitive disabilities had the highest rate of victimization and   about half of violent crime victims with disabilities had multiple   conditions, the Bureau of Justice Statistics said.

The detailed report on crime against persons with disabilities can be viewed   here: report.