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TCCOA Legal Matters

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: aging2010@gmail.com

Here are some of the matters affecting seniors that the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging is currently concerned with, and is following….

  1. Silver Alert SB 38: proposed by Sen. Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) – was recently passed… Almost 600,000 individuals in California have Alzheimer’s Disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, that number will grow to more than 1.1 million by 2030, and 6 in 10 people with Alzheimer’s will wander away from their homes or care facilities at some point. People with Alzheimer’s often lose their cognitive ability to remember when to eat and drink or protect themselves from extreme weather. Silver Alert would be similar to the successful Amber Alert program for children.

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SilverAlert; “A Silver Alert is a public notification system in the United States to broadcast information about missing persons – especially seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other mental disabilities – in order to aid in their return. Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets-such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable TV – to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways to alert motorists to be on the lookout for missing seniors.”

  2. SB 810: as per – democratic underground: As of Tuesday Jan 31, 2012 “Today SB 810, “Medicare for All” single payer legislation, was killed on the California Senate Floor. More about the bill from this website: http://californiaonecare.org/learn-more/sb-810/sb-810-overview
  3. AB 1525: Financial Elder Abuse: Money Transmitters sponsored by Assembly member Michael Allen)… This bill requires that money wire transfer services be included in the definition of mandatory reporters of suspected financial elder abuse.
  4. AB 2374: sponsored by Assembly member Roger Hernandez… Prohibits a consumer credit card reporting agency from charging a person who is 65 years old or older a fee when placing a security freeze on his or her credit report.
  5. AB 1648: Brownley: The California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

Jots & Thoughts

MOTORIZED CART UPDATE. In last month’s blog, I described the motorized cart situation at a Sonora pharmacy/store. Subsequently, I followed up with both the store manager and the chain’s district manager in Modesto. I am pleased to report, as per a voice mail to me last week, that a new motorized cart is on its way to the store shortly. Thanks to both the store manager and the district manager for listening, and for their followup.

SAVE THE DATES!!!! All events presented by
The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging

2012 3RD ANNUAL SENIOR EXPO!!! June 13, 9AM- 2PM. Mother Lode Fairgrounds. See: http://www.seniorfair.com/

2012 SENIOR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS!!! May 2, 11AM-12PM. Board of Supervisors Chambers, 4th floor, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

The 2012 CENTENARIAN AWARDS!!! October 24, 11AM-12PM. Tuolumne County Senior Center, 540 Greenley, Sonora.

The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging’s next GENERAL MEETING date: Monday May 14, 1:30PM at Area 12 Agency on Aging on Standard Road, Conf. Rm C. All our meetings are open to the public. Join us!

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