Wednesday, July 30, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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We owe it to our seniors

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November 10, 2010 |

EDITOR:

Mr. Frank Herzog’s recent letter to the editor suggesting elimination of senior citizen “services” screams for rebuttal. So let me share some information Mr. Herzog and others may not be aware of.

I am a volunteer at the Placerville Senior Center so I believe I see first-hand what seniors need and deserve. Mr. Herzog makes the statement that most seniors don’t need welfare. And he is right about that. What they need is assistance, respect and a sense of dignity.

To even suggest that what seniors get from this county, and yes, us taxpayers is welfare is not a very accurate description and is demeaning to these valuable assets to our community.

Most of the seniors with whom I have contact live alone, without the luxury of a Mr. Herzog to provide 24/7 care. Most of the seniors I assist through the Senior Center live on very restricted incomes, often merely Social Security. We are not talking about only the meals that come at a minimal charge to the seniors who avail themselves of that service. There are legal services available through the Senior Center, protecting seniors from various scams, rip-offs and sometimes eviction from their homes.

There are daycare programs available to seniors who do not have a Mr. Herzog. There are services available for emotional counseling. There are people who help with housing needs and home safety for seniors.

With luck, everyone will be a senior someday and hope that that time of our lives will not be a time where we have to live in fear that we won’t be able to get the help we will need just to get by.

It appalls me that people cannot respect the contribution seniors have made to this country and our society more than some people seem to. We owe it to these fabulous seniors to help make their golden years, if not golden, at least as comfortable as possible.

Please, let’s not turn our backs on such a valuable and rewarding section of our culture and society.

RON SIEMSEN

Placerville

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