More than 2,000 Seniors at 22 L.A. County Locations Expected at Massive "Senior Stand-In" Friday to Protest Governor's Proposed Budget Cuts
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 2,000 seniors at 22 locations from Palmdale to South Bay and from Santa Monica to Claremont will be staging a massive 10-minute "Senior Stand-In" at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 12. Stand-in locations across Los Angeles County are listed below. The show of solidarity is in peaceful protest of Governor Schwarzeneggar's proposed $14 million budget cut which would completely eliminate funding statewide for vital programs that primarily or exclusively serve older adults. In Los County, alone, this would impact thousands of seniors and caregivers. There are an estimated 882,000 seniors age 60 and above living in Los Angeles County.
The proposed budget cut comes on the heels of the Governor's eliminating last Fall the State's $6 million budget for the long-term care Ombudsman program, which provides advocacy services for residents of long-term care facilities. The proposed additional cuts on the "chopping block" would eliminate funding for such critical services as food distribution, Alzheimer's care, care management, support to working families with caregiver obligations, adult day health care, the Senior Companion program, and more.
"Eliminating aging programs will only shift millions of dollars in expenditures, as many older persons become inappropriately placed in nursing homes," said Grace Cheng Braun, president and CEO of WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, and one of the Senior Stand-In organizers. "We strongly believe that as the demographics of California begin to shift to an aging society, that it is crucial that we commit the necessary resources to helping frail older persons remain in the community and live with dignity and independence."
To attend and cover a "Senior Stand-In" at one of the 22 locations, please contact directly the individual listed for that site. Seniors will be available for interviews at each site.
Experts on senior services from several Los Angeles organizations and agencies are also available for interviews. Their contact information is below.
SENIOR SERVICES EXPERTS Donna Benton, Ph.D. Director, Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center 3715 McClintock Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191 (800) 540-4442 firstname.lastname@example.org (at Saint Barnabas site for the Senor Stand-in) Grace Cheng Braun, MSPH President and CEO, WISE & Healthy Aging 1527 4th Street, 2nd Floor Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 394-9871, ext. 440 email@example.com Debra Cherry, Ph.D. Executive Vice President, Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 938-3379 ext.225 firstname.lastname@example.org W. June Simmons, MSW President/CEO, Partners in Care Foundation 732 Mott Street, Suite 150 San Fernando, California 91340 (818) 837-3755 ext. 102 email@example.com Cynthia D. Banks Director, Community and Senior Services County of Los Angeles 3175 West 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90020 (213) 738-4208 firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Trejo, MSG, MPA General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Aging 3580 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 300 Los Angeles, CA 90010 (213) 252-4023 email@example.com LOS ANGELES COUNTY SENIOR STAND-IN SITES Bassett Park Senior Center 510 North Vineland La Puente, CA Contact: Don Herring (626) 214-9466 firstname.lastname@example.org Bernardi Multipurpose Senior Center 6514 Sylmar Ave. Vanu Nuys, CA 91401 Contact: Ileene Parker (818) 781-1101 email@example.com Bradley Multipurpose Senior Center 10937 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90059 Contact: Phyllis Willis, MSW (323) 923-2761 firstname.lastname@example.org El Monte Senior Center 3120 N. Tyler Ave. El Monte, Ca. 91731 Contact: Marian Last, LMFT, CPC (626) 580-2210 email@example.com Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing at Triangle Square in Hollywood 1602 N. Ivar Avenue Hollywood CA 90028 Contact: Rafael Cosio or Mark Supper (323) 957-7200 firstname.lastname@example.org Hawthorne Senior Center 3901 El Segundo Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250 Contact: Sikizi Allen (323) 945-6936 email@example.com Human Services Association Adult Day Care Resource Center 6800 Florence Avenue Bell Gardens, CA 90201 Contact: Terry Terriquez (562) 806-5400, ext 154 firstname.lastname@example.org Inglewood Senior Center 330 Centinela Ave. Inglewood, CA 90302 Contact: Sikizi Allen (323) 945-6936 email@example.com International Institute of Los Angeles Multipurpose Center 435 South Boyle Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90033 Contact: Vicky Gutierrez (323) 264-6210 firstname.lastname@example.org Jewish Family Services (JFS)/Partners Adult Day Health Care Center 7377 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood , CA 90046 Contact: Vivian Sauer, LCSW (323) 841-9004 email@example.com Lancaster Senior Nutrition Center 777 W. Jackman Street Lancaster, CA 93534 Contact: Margo Monroy (661) 942-6244 firstname.lastname@example.org Larkin Park Community Senior Services in Claremont 660 N. Mountain Ave Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 621-9900 ext. 229 Contact: Floy Biggs email@example.com Ladera Park Senior Center 4750 62nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90056 Contact: Sikizi Allen (323) 945-6936 firstname.lastname@example.org Lennox Park Senior Center 10828 Condon Ave. Lennox, CA 90304 Contact: Sikizi Allen (323) 945-6936 email@example.com ONEgeneration 17400 Victory Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91406 Contact: Larry Lisonbee (818) 705-2345 firstname.lastname@example.org OPICA Adult Day Care & Caregiver Support Center 11759 Missouri Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West LA) Contact: Mary Michlovich (310) 478-0226 email@example.com Palmdale Senior Nutrition Center 1002 E. Ave Q-12 Palmdale, CA 93550 Contact: Margo Monroy 661) 947-3223 firstname.lastname@example.org Robert M. Wilkinson Multipurpose Senior Center 8956 Vanalden Avenue Northridge, CA 91324 Contact: Linda Chan (818) 756-7741 Wilkinson.SeniorCenter@lacity.org St. Barnabas Senior Services 675 S. Carondolet Street Los Angeles, CA 90057 Contact: Rigo Saborio (for Spanish-speaking media) (626) 733-3475 email@example.com or Gordon Gibb (English-speaking media) (213) 388-4444 firstname.lastname@example.org (Korean-speaking media opportunities also) Theresa Lindsay Multipurpose Senior Center 429 E. 42nd Place Los Angeles, CA 90011 Contact: Phyllis Willis, MSW (323) 923-2761 email@example.com Watts Labor Community Action Committee 10950 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA. 90059 Contact: Phyllis Willis, MSW (323) 923-2761 firstname.lastname@example.org WISE Adult Day Service Center 1510 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405 Contact: Grace Cheng Braun (310) 394-9871 email@example.com
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