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Susan Crosby: Introducing The Senior Life: Resources for local seniors

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Susan Crosby

Posted: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 7:30 am

Welcome to the first column of The Senior Life. Thanks to News-Sentinel Editor Scott Howell, I hope to give a voice to our seniors, the elderly and their caregivers in clear and helpful ways.

As the newest member of Lodi’s Senior Citizens Commission, I will be relying on the wealth of knowledge of the other commissioners, the media, the Department of Aging, Adventist Health and the City of Lodi, as well as the experts at LOEL Center, Hutchins Street Square and the Lodi Community Center to determine the hot topics and offer as many perspectives as possible to show solutions to life’s challenges.

The primary purpose of the commission is to identify the needs of the aging population, including health care, housing, food, transportation, finances, day care, recreation, elder abuse, legal assistance and others. Each topic can have several sub-topics, and each topic and sub-topic can affect seniors differently, depending on age, physical and mental condition and financial situation.

To cover such a wide and complex range of life events will be a challenge, but I will try to present each topic as broadly as the column space allows, then I’ll do follow-ups from a different perspective when needed.

I recognize that life experience is individual. Whether you are 40 and trying to help aging parents, or you’re 80 and trying to help yourself, I hope you will find in these columns the resources, resolutions and comfort you need.

Last year, the commission sent out an age-friendly survey to identify our seniors’ needs and see where improvements could be made. Much of my information will spring from those survey results.

These articles will also be available on the News-Sentinel website, so that as your life situation changes, you can go back and read a column that didn’t affect your life at the time it was published but now is a priority.

As often as possible, I will use the real-life experience of a Lodian or two to identify a problem/issue then show how it can be fixed.

It’s important to know who participated in the survey, which ended up being a pretty good cross-section by age:

  • 55-59, 3 percent
  • 60-69, 26 percent
  • 70-79, 37 percent
  • 80-89, 27 percent
  • 90+, 7 percent

When asked their preferred source of information, the respondents answered:

  • Newspaper, 58 percent
  • Internet postings/Facebook, 10 percent
  • Church, 18 percent
  • Other, 14 percent

The results show why it’s so valuable to have the News-Sentinel allow us space in the physical paper as well as on their website, since 68 percent use one or both of these sources for their information.

Because most of the upcoming columns will focus on one topic at a time, here is an overview of the contact information for the three primary resources for seniors in Lodi so that you can find immediate help, if you need it:

LOEL Senior Center: 105 S. Washington St., Lodi. 209-369-1591, www.loelcenter.net

Hutchins Street Square: 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi. 209-333-6782, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com

Lodi Community Center: 415 S. Sacramento St., Lodi. 209-331-7516, www.sjchsa.org/Services/Community-Centers/Lodi-Community-Center

I look forward to serving you.

Susan Crosby is a Lodi author and a member of Lodi’s Senior Citizens Commission.

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