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Santa Clarita needs an advisory aging committee

Posted: September 28, 2016 8:00 a.m.
Updated: September 27, 2016 4:35 p.m.

It may be time to have an Advisory Aging Committee at City Hall.

I’m simply suggesting forming a volunteer advisory group whose purposes would be to provide thoughtful input/reports to our city government from a senior perspective.

This committee developed by citizens would be dedicated to understanding and considering our elderly neighbors in this wonderful, diverse city of ours.

The elderly have spent many years contributing to family and country and have earned our strong considerations. We all will be in their position one day!

I have been to two City Council candidate forums and have listened to one via the internet, and I was the only one asking questions about our senior community.

The people standing for re-election or election do not speak about seniors but have a lot to say about our youth and young families living and moving here.

The emphasis seems to be focused mainly on providing programs for the future of younger citizenry. That is very important, but a good balance is needed “across the board.”

The city should not forget that our seniors helped make Santa Clarita grow to what it is today.

I am quite surprised that our city is not that interested in working hard on aging programs. Maybe when the seniors become “homeless” they might qualify for the city’s consideration?

We could poll on our population on what we could do to help our elderly in their final chapter of life here. I wonder what the results would be.

I really think that it is time to have an aging advisory committee in our city, as well as the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, which is quite helpful.

Our city leaders could always use input to understand conditions in depth and to make the best decisions for all our citizenry.


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