Monday, June 18 , 2018, 7:29 am | Fair 55º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Area Agency on Aging Wants Public’s Suggestions on Funding Priorities

Community input is sought to create Senior Friendly Communities throughout the Central Coast area and ensure that limited federal monies are meeting the priority needs of senior citizens through the work of the Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

The Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Area Agency on Aging, has announced that four public hearings will be held throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties in January to secure comment from the public.

“With the uncertainty of funding from the federal and state budgets, it is imperative that we hear from senior citizens, caregivers and other interested persons about the priority needs as we attempt to have a ‘senior-friendly’ community,” said Jim Talbott, board president. “These are very difficult times and we need to be sure we are on the right track.”

“In developing the draft plan for 2017/18, the Area Agency on Aging decided to project that federal and state funding remained stable,” Talbott said.

“That may be a positive outlook but there are no indications of what changes may be sought by the new federal administration" he said. "The Area Agency on Aging services are basic services, designed to ensure safety and security for older persons and caregivers in this two county region.
 
“Annually, the Area Agency on Aging prepares a Draft Area Plan which presents a proposed allocation of Older Americans Act monies to address the needs of senior citizens in greatest social and economic need in the two county region,” Talbott said.

“This year it is especially important to look at our funding priorities and ensure they help us to maintain a senior friendly community. All interested persons are invited to attend and present comment at the public hearings," he said.

"The intent of the public hearings is to receive community comment regarding the priorities, goals and objectives of the Area Agency on Aging for the second year (2017/18) of the four-year Area Plan, which are outlined in the Draft Area Plan," Talbott said.
 
“The Area Plan expresses the intent of the Area Agency on Aging to implement the goals and objectives of the Older Americans Act,” said Barry Marks, AAA Advisory Council chair.

“We are responsible for over $2.7 million for supportive, health and nutrition services to assist older persons and caregivers to remain safe and secure in their own homes,” Marks said.
 
“We want to hear from the community whether our plans for the expenditure of these federal monies are properly targeted,” he said. “The basic question is how to allocate the limited federal revenues to maintain a senior friendly community?"

Public comment on the DRAFT Planning and Service Area Plan can be provided at either a public hearing or in writing to the Area Agency on Aging office by Feb. 12. The email address is: [email protected] The public hearing schedule is:

San Luis Obispo City: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa St.

Santa Barbara: 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Carrillo Community Center, 100 E. Carrillo St.

Santa Maria: 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Area Agency on Aging office, 528 S. Broadway.

Paso Robles: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Senior Center, 270 Scott St.

"The Draft Area Plan has been prepared by the members of the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council and Board of Directors to ensure the development of a community based system of social and nutrition services in the two county region," Marks said.

"The challenges ahead for the Area Agency on Aging include support of a social service system which strengthens the capacities of older persons in greatest social and economic need within the financial constraints imposed by federal and state governments," he said.

Copies of the Draft Planning and Service Area Plan are available at local libraries and the Area Agency on Aging office. All interested persons are invited to attend the hearings. Persons needing accommodation must contact the AAA by Jan. 13.
 
— Joyce Ellen Lippman for Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >