WHAT: Serving Seniors will host Bob Blancato, Executive Director of National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) and Chair of the American Society on Aging (ASA), at a town hall meeting to discuss affordable housing, Medicare, tax bills currently under review by Congress, and much more. More than 150 seniors will attend to hear Mr. Blancato’s updates and share their perspectives. The town hall will be moderated by Paul Downey, President and CEO of Serving Seniors, board member and past President of NANASP, and past Chair of the California Commission on Aging.
WHY: Did you know that there are presently 3,700 adults aged 55+ on the streets of San Diego? Events like this provide seniors with an opportunity to ask questions of elected officials and advocates, and to learn more about issues that affect them, such as the shortage of senior-friendly affordable housing. Seniors are also able to share their own experiences and perspectives, advocating for themselves and helping to accomplish positive change.
WHERE: Serving Seniors – Dining Room
1525 4th Avenue, San Diego, 92101
(Downtown San Diego, corner of 4th Ave. and Beech St.)
Parking on street
EXPECTED ATTENDANCE: 150+ seniors and Serving Seniors staff
WHEN: Friday, December 1, 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
**The best time to cover is 10:20 – 11:00 a.m.
MORE INFORMATION: www.servingseniors.org
INTERVIEWS & VISUALS:
- Bob Blancato, Executive Director of NANASP and Chair of the ASA, can discuss legislation in Congress that will affect seniors and why it’s important to take care of them.
- Paul Downey, President and CEO of Serving Seniors and past Chair of the California Commission on Aging, has direct contact with San Diego seniors and can discuss how current events and legislation are affecting them.
- Seniors who can share their diverse personal stories.
ABOUT SERVING SENIORS:
Serving Seniors, a unique nonprofit organization that has served San Diego since 1970, helps impoverished seniors live healthy and fulfilling lives. The organization has earned national and international recognition for its innovative approach to care and its comprehensive service model, providing low-income seniors with life-sustaining services in a welcoming and supportive environment. With more than 85% of clients living below the Federal Poverty Level, Serving Seniors provides its vital programs and services at no cost. Clients have access to meals 365 days per year, as well as affordable senior housing, homeless support and transitional housing, healthcare and supportive services, and learning, socialization and fitness opportunities.
Serving Seniors provides nearly 600,000 meals/year to seniors at nine congregate dining sites across the county, delivers two meals daily to more than 500 homebound seniors and houses another 500 low-income seniors. Approximately 5,000 San Diego seniors rely on Serving Seniors for support every year.
Since 1995, Serving Seniors has been expertly led by Paul Downey, who has steadfastly guided the organization’s innovative efforts to keep low-income seniors healthy and independent. Mr. Downey serves on the Public Policy Committee for American Society on Aging (ASA), is past Chair of the California Commission on Aging, and is a board member and past President of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP). Visit servingseniors.org for more information.
Founded in 1977, NANASP is a leading organization advocating for community-based senior nutrition programs and staff. Member programs represent a wide range of essential services providers who support the nutrition, health and life quality of seniors.
NANASP is an active member of the aging network and works collaboratively with key coalitions, including the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, the Elder Justice Coalition, and Defeat Malnutrition Today, on issues which concern the older adults our members serve, such as nutrition, Medicare and Medicaid, elder justice, Social Security and other retirement security issues, transportation, and older workers’ issues.