Recent Event Highlights Limits of Age-restricted Sites

Earlier this month 300 residents of a Newbury Park 55-plus mobile home park were left without running water for nearly a week. The stoppage, caused by a main break within the community’s private water system, didn’t get fixed until city and county officials intervened. The ordeal got me thinking about the pros and cons of [...]

By |2020-02-06T16:41:08+00:00January 16th, 2020|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

It makes sense that seniors need to be counted in 2020 census

I recently attended a presentation by a partnership specialist for the Los Angeles Regional Census Center. She met with a group of nonprofits to explain details of the upcoming 2020 Census and to express the importance of each household completing the census. According to AARP, older Americans have been more likely than other age groups [...]

By |2019-12-19T16:24:48+00:00December 5th, 2019|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

State master plan on aging deserves review

Recognizing that California’s over-65 population is projected to grow to 8.6 million by 2030, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order recently calling for a Master Plan for Aging to be developed by Oct. 1, 2020. The master plan will serve as a blueprint for state government, local communities, private organizations and philanthropists to build [...]

By |2019-12-02T23:30:55+00:00November 21st, 2019|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Seniors at risk during outages

Psychologist Abraham Maslow developed his famous “hierarchy of needs” theory in 1942. At the time, he saw food, water, sleep and shelter as the most basic of all human needs. I would contend electricity has now become a basic human need. Without electricity, it would be extremely difficult to lead our daily lives: We wouldn’t [...]

By |2019-12-02T23:31:04+00:00November 7th, 2019|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Are America’s seniors facing and ‘aloneness’ epidemic?

Recently, my coworkers and I have begun to see a spike in the number of seniors in our community who go days on end without human contact. Yet when asked if they’re lonely, they say no. These individuals are quite content with their daily schedule. In many cases, they’re proud of their independence—even if it [...]

By |2019-12-02T23:31:11+00:00October 31st, 2019|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments