Commentary

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 www.servingseniors.org.

Serving Seniors

Ignacio is a San Diego native and an Army veteran who served in the 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. He is homeless and, like many low-income seniors, alone with no family to help him out.

Gone are the days when businesses existed to make money and nonprofits focused only on making the world a better place. Now both are influencing each others’ practices and finding ways to work together.

San Diego’s next mayor will have a full agenda, no doubt about that. From revitalizing neighborhoods to funding pensions to working out managed competition for city services, our new chief executive must begin planning for the graying of San Diego — and I’m not talking about May gray. The number of San Diegans over the age of 60 will double by 2030 and represent one in four residents.

Would you buy a car without taking it for a test drive or kicking the tires? Of course you wouldn’t, but many people make gifts to nonprofit organizations, especially during the holiday season, without taking a peek under the organization’s hood to make sure everything is in working order.

Washington’s no-limit poker game with the American economy as stakes ended when House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, folded and allowed a vote in the House to reopen the government and avert a default by the federal government.

San Diego has a growing, silent crisis. The high cost of living in San Diego, combined with skyrocketing medical costs, is resulting in a growing population of homeless seniors. In fact, San Diego ranks third in the nation for the number of homeless, and seniors make up 25 percent of the local homeless population.

The Social Security Administration in August began processing claims for benefits for those in same-sex marriages, the latest in a chain of federal agency responses to the Defense of Marriage Act court decision. While this is a big step forward for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and marriage equality, much remains to be done.

With longer life expectancies than men, women tend to live longer in retirement and have a greater chance of outliving their retirement nest egg.

As our work force begins to age and continues working past traditional retirement age, it is important for businesses, caregivers and families to take precautions to ensure safe environments.

Chained CPI is President Obama’s controversial proposal to reduce Social Security increases — mainly on the backs of the poorest seniors in the country.

What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or injured to express your wishes? Without the ability to speak or write, or possibly even think clearly, how would you convey your wishes to your doctor or loved ones?

Sequestration is now officially the law of the land, thanks to Congress approving a continuing resolution – that includes the “fiscal cliff” cuts – to fund the federal government through Sept. 30. What does it mean? Simple. Partisanship on both sides trumps doing what is best for the American people and, as a result, millions will suffer.

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