is best known to its clients and supporters for the services and activities it
provides. Less well known is its
involvement in the public policy arena as an advocate on behalf of seniors,
especially low income seniors who struggle to secure adequate food, housing and
Senior Health Care
In March of 2017, a Town Hall Meeting was
held at The Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center (GMWSWC) to protest
congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) and
replace it with legislation that would result in the loss of health insurance
that 20 million low income Americans, many of them seniors, gained with the
passage of the Act.
The gathering was addressed by Assembly
Member Todd Gloria and representatives of the senior advocacy group Justice in
Aging. Those in attendance were urged to
contact California’s two Senators along with their district House
Representative and urge them to oppose the current repeal efforts and any other
proposals that would result in reducing health insurance coverage for low income
A group of seniors at GMWSWC exhibited signs
with messages for display at public gatherings, major traffic intersections and
major pedestrian thoroughfares.
Senior Nutritional Programs
In August of 2017, Serving Seniors participated
along, with The National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
(NANASP) and Meals on Wheels America, in #Save Lunch, an advocacy campaign to
secure ongoing funding for senior nutritional programs.
During lunch servings at GMWSWC in early
August, senior clients were given paper plates on which they were asked to
write messages about the importance of the facility’s meals program. Some of the messages were photographed and
posted online with the hashtag #Save Lunch. On August 13, a delegation from the
Civic Engagement Committee at GMWSWC delivered 400 paper plates with messages
to Congressman Scott Peters and Congresswoman Susan Davis and encouraged them
to vote and to encourage other members of Congress to vote to maintain funding
for vital senior nutritional programs.
and Mobilizing the Community
June of 2017, The Civic Engagement Committee at GMWSWC established a
subcommittee titled Senior Leaders in Development (SLID) to train seniors to
address local civic organizations on the
extent of senior poverty in San Diego County; the work of Serving Seniors in
addressing the condition of low income seniors; and how members of the
organizations being addressed can support the work by volunteering at Serving
Seniors locations, making financial contributions and participating in the
advocacy campaigns sponsored or endorsed
by Serving Seniors.
Members of SLID are given an outline of the
points to be covered which they are encouraged to structure and develop into a
personal presentation. Presentations in the year 2018 have been given to
service club members at Lions Manor,
legal aid students at the California Western
Law School,and residents at the
Guadalupe Plaza senior facility.
be contacted through Civic Engagement. Anyone with a talent for public speaking and
a passion for advocacy is invited to participate.