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Area Agency on Aging Conducting Assessment of Senior Needs

By Joyce Ellen Lippman for the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens |

The Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Area Agency on Aging is conducting an assessment of the needs of senior citizens in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

“It is important to assess the needs of senior citizens to ensure that with limited resources we are addressing those priority needs identified by senior citizens,” said Karen O’Neil, president of the Board of Directors. “During January and February 2013, we are asking senior citizens in this two-county region to complete a one page anonymous survey.”

Paper copies of the one-page needs assessment questionnaire are available at senior centers, the Area Agency on Aging office and agencies providing services to senior citizens. The survey can also be completed online by clicking here.

“The Older Americans Act requires the Area Agencies on Aging to determine the extent of need for supportive services (including those services associated with Access, In-Home Services and Legal Assistance), nutrition services when preparing Area Plans, and to evaluate the effectiveness of resources in meeting these local needs,” O’Neil said. “As the local Area Agency on Aging, we try to complete this assessment every four to five years.

“This needs assessment will result in two principal products. The first is the identification of the types and extent of existing and potential needs of the senior population within our community, and of the services or resources existing within our community which are available for addressing those needs. The second is an estimation of unmet needs, under-utilized services, and barriers, which prevent access to available services. These two products will provide this Area Agency on Aging with a foundation for formulating policy and for developing the area plan.

“Seniors are invited to assist us in our work through several means; one is the assessment of need. Other ways to influence our work through the Older Americans Act is by providing comment at the annual public hearings, joining our AAA Advisory Council and working with us on various committee and task forces.”

For more information about the needs assessment or to secure a copy contact AAA Director Joyce Ellen Lippman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 800.510.2020 or 805.925.9554.

— Joyce Ellen Lippman is director of the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Area Agency on Aging.

» on 01.18.13 @ 11:23 PM

Lippman’s use of both an online survey with questions restricted to issues affecting seniors and press releases for community “listening sessions” aimed solely at seniors will undoubtedly provide input only from seniors. The core mission statement of the Central Coast Commission on Senior Citizens, required by the CA Dept. of Aging, is to protect the quality of life of “older persons and persons with functional impairments”, stated as “enhancing the lives of older individuals, family caregivers, and persons with disabilities” on the US Older Americans Act Reauthorization website:
Discriminating against a class of people protected by the OAO by excluding them from mention as a group entitled to services under the OAO will result in the creation of a 4-year plan providing no protection or services to mentally disabled, physically disabled, and developmentally disabled dependent adults residing in Santa Barbara County, the status quo based on Lippman’s prior 4-year plan. Discrimination against the participation of the disabled in a federally funded program is a serious violation of federal law.

» on 01.22.13 @ 11:50 PM

Lippman’s discriminatory advertising seems to have succeeded. She had left by 11:40, and the only attendees were seniors, according to seniors leaving the listening session. It would be interesting to see if long term care residents were notified of listening sessions. Comparison of the California Dept. of Aging website and those of other counties with Central Commission on Aging’s shows the effect of SB County’s lack of financial support for programs aiding vulnerable residents.

“The California Department of Aging funds Legal Services Projects for older persons through the network of local Area Agencies on Aging. The projects identify legal problems and legal service needs of older individuals and adults with disabilities within their communities.”
SB has replaced the priority of providing legal services to adults with disabilities with providing legal services to members of law enforcement who commit crimes against the disabled and other residents.

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