Friday, October 02, 2015

Oct. 7 Public Hearing to Focus on Older Americans Act

The City of Santa Fe Division of Senior Services will host a public hearing about the Older Americans Act and will discuss plans for a related Request for Proposal (RFP) of funds that is in development. The public hearing will be held Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. at the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center (1121 Alto Street).

The Older Americans Act was enacted by Congress in 1965 to ensure provision of social services to America’s elderly population. The City’s Division of Senior Services administers programs, which provide a comprehensive social service delivery system for senior citizens in our community. The following program services are critical to our planning and implementation process:

-       Congregate Meals
-       Home Delivered Meals
-       Assisted Transportation
-       Home Management (housekeeping, laundry, escort, non-medical personal care, etc.)
-  Respite (Alzheimer’s) Care (relief, companionship, non-medical personal care, caregiver support, etc.)
-       Durable Medical Equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, etc.)
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (counseling, training, information and access, supplemental support, etc.)
-      Volunteer Programs – Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), Senior Companion Program (SCP), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
-       Recreation Functions (Senior Olympics, advanced fitness, exercise classes, etc.)

The public’s input on these matters is critical. Written comments are encouraged and should be forwarded to:

City of Santa Fe
Division of Senior Services
Ron J. Vialpando, Director
P.O. Box 909

Santa Fe, NM  87504-0909

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