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There are so many important issues facing seniors today. With the recent passage of health care reform and ongoing legal battles at the California state level regarding access to ADHC services for MediCal recipients, it is critical to stay informed.

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Fanelli feels it’s important to honor and engage aging seniors. “They built this country,” he said and felt engagement was important and that it’s done through various activities whether through hand massage or just playing dominoes. “That's what we're here for. It's to engage.”

“The benefits are definitely not for us, the benefits are for the clients. We don't know what that smell might mean or that flower or that first rose because they're not able to communicate with us. But the smell, the tactile feeling, the rose, it can spark stuff that we don't know about,” Fanelli said, “and we’ve seen it through small smiles or people just gazing at the flowers, we know somethings happening there, we just don't know what it is but we're happy to see that they're engaged.”

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Rent may be skyrocketing, and it may seem like tech is taking over, but San Francisco is still full of ambitious humans who are passionate about doing good. And it’s not just NGO workers. Plenty of other unseen day-to-day heroes, such as community leaders, bouncers, yoga teachers and street sweepers, work to keep our fair city together.

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Understanding Our Aging Bodies
Openhouse is doing a remarkable job addressing the barriers to connect LGBT seniors to aging support services. But there are still too many LGBT elders, in particular those over 80 years of age, who do not utilize health and social services. This generation lived most of their adult lives in an era where they experienced trauma within the legal, health, and social service systems: They had to guard the disclosure of their sexual orientation or gender identity in light of real experiences of discrimination, criminalization and/or institutiona-lization. Many still do not disclose this information with their medical service providers, and this can have adverse health consequences.

As the Executive Director for SteppingStone Adult Day Health, with a staff culturally competent in LGBT issues, I have been perplexed as an aging service provider at not seeing more LGBT seniors in our Adult Day Health Care centers. SteppingStone Adult Day Health Care provides health and social services that assist frail, low-income seniors and adults with disabilities to live independently in their homes. We provide a range of health and social services—from art and music classes to physical and mental health therapy. The center provides assistance with care coordination, medication manage-ment and transportation assistance to and from the center.

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San Francisco County ADHCs receive 10% MediCal rate restoration for CBAS services!
When San Francisco Adult Day Health Care centers were facing closures not able to survive under the almost three-year long 10% MediCal rate cuts, they unsuccessfully appealed to the state to grant an exemption. Following this denial, Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) stepped in and convinced the California Dept. Health Care Services to examine the problem more carefully and look at the number of frail seniors and disabled adults who would lose services and health consequences if centers were to close. The result is that they reconsidered and San Francisco County will have its MediCal rate restored and be able to keep its nine Adult Day Health Care centers fully functioning. Hats off to Senator Leno! It’s all summed up very well in David Gorn's column in 3/26 California Healthline: and further in his article 3/31:


Moli Steinert, Executive Director of SteppingStone, was honored on May 9 by the Curry Senior Center with the Francis J. Curry Award for her 30 years of leadership and service to the community in health and social care and in particular for her advocacy efforts on behalf of seniors and people with disabilities. 
Photo:  Eve Meyer, Nancy Meyer, Moli Steinert, and Donna Canali


(本報記者黃偉江三藩市報道 )


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悉心照顧殘障長者親屬發揚親情可貴 成人護理中心表揚20名護老者
( 本報記者張政三藩市報道 )
三藩市的橋石成人日間護理中心(Stepping Stone Health)昨(28日)舉行表揚日,表揚20位堅持照顧自己親人多年的家居護理員。表揚日上,中心的員工以唱歌的形式向這些家屬致敬,又安排了奉獻鮮花的環節,場面感人。

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Asian Americans Struggle with Suicide
Stephanie M. Lee
Updated 11:33 am, Thursday, January 24, 2013
(01-24) 11:31 PST SAN FRANCISCO --
Jeannie Wong arrived in the United States with the hope of starting fresh away from her native Hong Kong. But life in America has been hard.

Four decades ago, during a visit to San Francisco, she met the man who would become her husband. She married him at age 30, and they had two sons. She worked as a cashier at a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown.

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【KTSF 梁慧珊報導】

由於州政府削減預算,一直接受成人日間護理服務的長者需要重新被審核資格,其中部份人因此失去了服務。有些提供服務的中心不滿有關當局的審核程序。他們指當局未有真正了解 長者的需要便取消了他們的資格。


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