Candidates Todd Gloria and Barbara Bry address issues most critical to older adults, including affordable housing, senior wellness and police reform
SAN DIEGO (September 23, 2020) — Two of San Diego’s most prominent senior-focused nonprofit organizations, San Diego Oasis and Meals on Wheels San Diego County, hosted a virtual 2020 Mayoral Candidate Town Hall event on Wednesday, Sept. 23. This unique online, interactive dialogue featured San Diego mayoral candidates San Diego Councilmember Barbara Bry and California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria who answered questions about issues that matter most to older adults and those that care for them. The town hall broadcast was produced by KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, and was streamed on various digital platforms, including the ABC 10 Facebook page. Event moderator was Lindsey Peña, anchor with ABC 10News San Diego.
San Diego County will be home to one million seniors by 2030
Around the nation, and locally in San Diego County, the growth in the number of older adults has hit unprecedented levels. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), longer life spans and aging baby boomers will ultimately double the population of Americans aged 65 years or older during the next 25 years to about 72 million. Studies also show that almost half a million people in San Diego County are over the age of 65, and the number will hit one million in a mere decade. These numbers are escalating rapidly. It is also clear that the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to weaken our region economically and socially, making it difficult for older adults to lead independent, fulfilled lives. With the pandemic affecting older adults in disproportionate ways, the time is now to protect, support and encourage our aging population.
“Seniors are an important part of the fabric of our community,” says Brent Wakefield, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels San Diego County. “Like all individuals, the pandemic has brought many difficult challenges to our seniors locally, especially when it comes to food insecurity. Not only is it important for our everyone to come together to ensure no senior is left behind or hungry, but also for our leaders to understand and support the independence and well-being of our senior population.”
With the election just weeks away, local seniors had pressing questions for the San Diego mayoral candidates, including issues involving homelessness, affordable housing for seniors, transportation, investments in senior wellness, police reform and more. Event hosts, San Diego Oasis and Meals on Wheels San Diego County, are two nonprofit organizations on the front lines of senior wellness in our community, working to make certain no senior feels alone, hungry or isolated year-round.
“At San Diego Oasis, our mission is to ensure older adults live productive and meaningful lives as social isolation is known to contribute to a higher risk of high blood pressure, obesity, anxiety, cognitive decline, and even death,” says San Diego Oasis President and CEO, Simona Valanciute. “All of our classes are now virtual and we have taught our seniors to be more tech-savvy, too. This town hall is an opportunity for members of our senior community to meet with our candidates and make their voices heard on issues that mean the most to them during these uncertain times.”
Scatena Daniels Communications worked with the clients and the media partner to produce this live broadcast event.
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