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Commission on Aging

Welcome to the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging blog: it’s our ongoing effort to bring information to help and inform seniors in our county. We actively solicit your comments. You can contact the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging by email:

Jots & Thoughts… by Roberta Goodwin

The Commission on Aging has elected its officers for the coming year.

1. Chair: Carleton Penwell

2. Vice Chair: Kathi Bramblett

3. Corresponding Secretary: Roberta Goodwin

4. Recording Secretary: Charlotte Frazier

5. Treasurer/Finance Officer: Doug Wagner

New Commissioner confirmed: Ole Lindbo.

Reappointments: Rich Markus; Carleton Penwell; Mike Ruggles.

Longtime commissioner Judy Finley has resigned. Judy is the founder and head of the local senior driving program sRs, and she also is very active with the Area 12 Agency on Aging. We are, of course, most sorry to see her go, but we wish her all the best in all her activities.

And, lastly, two of our commissioners were quoted recently in the Union Democrat. We have excerpted it below:

"Social Security payments will increase in 2012"

Written by Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat, December 29, 2011

"Many senior citizens living on a fixed income will soon receive something they haven’t seen in two years – a raise.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits will increase 3.6 percent in 2012 to cover cost of living increases. This will be the first cost-of-living adjustment for people receiving Social Security since 2009, when the benefits went up 5.8 percent. Some local senior citizen advocates expressed cautious optimism over the increase.

Carleton Penwell, of Columbia, said … ‘For many seniors, it will be most welcome,’ he said.

Ira Uslander also serves on the aging commission … and said seniors continue to say it’s getting harder and harder to live on Social Security. ‘Any increase is a help, but it’s not going to make a huge change in anybody’s lifestyle,’ Uslander said."

Save the date for the 2012 Senior Expo!!!

(In the Community Events Calendar listed as 2012 Senior Expo)

The upcoming 3rd Annual Senior Expo is scheduled for June 13 at Mother Lode Fairgrounds. Don’t miss this information packed day.

It’s FANtastic!

Friends and Neighbors (FAN), Suzy Hopkins’ wonderful magazine for seniors, features an article in its winter issue entitled "Stop Signs" (page 42), addressing a difficult decision so often faced by seniors and their families, that of the dilemma of knowing just when to quit driving. Included in it is a list "Time to quit? Top 10 signs" (from the California DMV and the Highway Patrol) that might help with that decision. If your family faces this decision, we recommend you pick up a copy of FAN, free in selected locations around the county.

Announcing: "Leadership Tuolumne Seniors"

Building a better community by providing Tuolumne County seniors education and opportunities for service and leadership

"LEADERSHIP TUOLUMNE SENIORS will help you gain an in-depth view of the past, present, and future of Tuolumne County by taking you into the community and introducing you to issues, opportunities, and the people currently involved in them. … If you are ready to widen your circle of friends, learn how your community really works, and un-cover new ways to make a difference in the community, become part of LEADERSHIP TUOLUMNE SENIORS."

Applications are available through:

• Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors office, 2 South Green Street, Sonora

• Tuolumne County Commission on Aging (see a commissioner, or email: )

• LEADERSHIP TUOLUMNE SENIORS Chairman Carleton Penwell Phone: 532-8583 | Email:

Note: Acceptance is on a first come, first served basis (wait-listed applicants shall have first right of refusal for next year).

The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging’s next GENERAL MEETING date: Monday February 13, 1:30PM at Area 12 Agency on Aging on Standard Road. All our meetings are open to the public. Join us!

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