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HBCOA at the forefront of aging issues
Officially recognized by the City Council of Huntington Beach as representing its local senior citizens, the HBCOA was awarded non-profit status in 1973 and has always been at the forefront of aging issues. During the design stage of the new Senior Center in Central Park, the City Council directed the HBCOA to provide input related to the overall design of the new center.
By now you are likely well aware of the state-wide primary election coming up on Tuesday, March 3. If not check out the front cover story all about the new election process for California voters. We encourage all registered voters to participate in this important civil liberty. For more information about Voting Centers locations and Ballot Return options, visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters website at www.ocvote.com or call 714-567-7600. And remember, even if you missed registration for the primary election, you can still register to vote in the general election in November 2020.
We are thankful to have HBCOA board member and past President, Cathy Meschuk, representing seniors in the California Senior Legislature (CSL). CSL works to bring forward meaningful legislation to protect and improve the quality of life and health for seniors in California. For more information about CSL visit www.4csl.org.
Staying involved with our community is one of many ways each of us can enhance our lives and the lives of others.
Here’s to Active Aging!
Senior Center Message
I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to sunshine, showers, and all the lovely flowers that will come. Though we don’t have any holiday closures here at the Center, there is plenty to celebrate. March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, making me wonder how my life would be different if not for his clever prose. March 12th is ‘Plant a Flower Day,’ though I encourage that throughout the year! Of course, there’s St. Patrick’s Day for all, Irish or not. Let’s kick up our heals and be a little green. The first day of Spring is May 20th followed by ‘Take a Walk in the Park Day’ on the 30th.
March is also National Social Work Month, a time to appreciate and recognize those providing social work services to our community. Currently there are about 750,000 social workers in the US. They help to empower others to cope with problems, connect with services, elevate and empower. Social workers can be found doing important work such as meeting basic needs and protecting those who are vulnerable in various parts of our society.
Here at the Senior Center the Care Management Team provides social services aimed at promoting aging well in the community. We are focused in the areas of: home safety, socialization, nutrition and mobility. Care Managers work on connecting at-risk and under supported older adults with services to help meet unmet needs. Thank you Care Management Team and Volunteers!
Best wishes always,
Michelle Yerke, MSC, Care Manager