Serving Seniors

By Paul Downey

Older Americans Act's Nutritional Program celebrates 40th anniversary

When I joined Senior Community Centers 17 years ago, our nutritional program provided a nutritious lunch each day, Monday through Friday, to San Diego’s low-income seniors. For many, it was their only meal of the day. I observed seniors saving the apple or banana from their tray to eat for dinner.

Medicare now covers nearly two dozen preventative screenings

Here in San Diego, one in 10 people are over the age of 65, and that number will double by 2030 as more of the Baby Boom generation become seniors. This “graying of America” will put tremendous strain on our infrastructure, especially the Medicare system.

Census numbers predict exponential growth in senior population

In November 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released statistics giving us a real snapshot of what the U.S. senior population looks like now and what is to come in the future. And it’s a warning for all of us.

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Paul Downey

Paul Downey is the president and CEO of Senior Community Centers, a nonprofit agency dedicated to increasing the quality of life for San Diego seniors living in poverty. Learn more at

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