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Senior Matters

A plan for diversity and inclusion

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters

According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)’s Municipal Equality Index:

“As of January 28, 2017, at least 225 cities and counties prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment ordinances that governed all public and private employers in those jurisdictions. This list does not include those cities and counties that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity for city and county employees — such policies do not affect private employers in those jurisdictions.”

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LGBTQ rights/protections under California law

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters

According to Wikipedia, “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States are considered among some of the most advanced in the world; however, they vary on a jurisdiction-by jurisdiction basis … However, the United States has no federal law outlawing discrimination nationwide, leaving residents in some states without protection from discrimination, other than from federal executive orders which have a more limited scope than from protections through federal legislation.”

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Identifying affirmative senior communities

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters There are various local, state and national laws, statutes and guidelines across these United States of America specific to senior housing and care. The challenge is monitoring and achieving strict adherence to them. Identifying LGBTQ affirming and supportive senior housing, services, programs and care is easy to identify in word but far more onerous to identify in practice.

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Caring for our LGBT seniors

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters At the close of each “Senior Matters” column, readers are invited to join the “Caring for Our LGBT Seniors in San Diego” Facebook group page. Access to the closed group is free to all seniors, their advocates, families, friends and caregivers. While the bulk of the membership lives in San Diego County, several members are from other counties, states and even countries. The information and announcements posted on the […]

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The aging crisis, by the numbers

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters According to numerous surveys and studies, most seniors wish to age in their own homes and communities as long as possible. In fact, AARP’s 2011 survey states that 90 percent of persons aged 65 and older want to age in place. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2008 National Population Projections, found online at bit.ly/2qd1uNw, shows that in less than 13 years, more than 70 million Americans will be 65 and […]

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North Park senior housing applications

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | 3 Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters The focus of this article is information regarding the application process and instructions for those interested in applying, qualifying and living in one of the 76 apartments currently under construction in the first LGBT-affirming senior housing project in North Park. But first, it is important to know a little about how this project came about, because more are needed and it is up to the community to advocate for […]

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2-1-1 — a San Diego resource

Posted: March 17th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Interviews, Senior Matters | 2 Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters There is an invaluable nonprofit resource and information hub here in San Diego, that employs 72 call-takers who connect people to community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free confidential phone service and a searchable online database. That resource is 2-1-1 San Diego. 2-1-1 is well known to service providing organizations but not to the same degree by all San Diegans.

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Assessing Senior Needs — Part 3

Posted: February 17th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series. To read the first two, visit tinyurl.com/h3lh3dd and bit.ly/2juv4GA. In parts one and two of this series, we delved into six basic need categories common to all seniors and briefly talked about how the priorities of those needs vary from person to person, due to personal, financial, social and cultural differences, experiences and environments.

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Assessing senior needs — Part 2

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters Symbolically, we each have a set of bricks with which we can build plans for what life as a senior will look like. The rub is that the quality and quantity of our individual brick inventories are not identical. Understanding where our individual strengths and weaknesses lie is absolutely essential to identifying what is possible and what is not.

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Assessing senior needs

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly

This is the first of a three-part series about assessing and addressing the needs of seniors.

Part one categorizes the most basic concerns of all adults and provides a list of the “needs categories,” which include income and assets, expenses, housing, health and healthcare, geographic location and support systems.

But first, what is the “aging crisis” we are hearing more about?

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The donkey and the well

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters Senior Matters is a column of reality, hope, history — and information and stories that are of curiosity, interest and/or assistance to readers of all ages — as perceived, seen and experienced by me, a youth who lived to become a senior.

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Reverse mortgages: a retirement safety net

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters Baby boomers, those born between 1946-1964, collided with the great recession of the late 2000s. Millions saw their retirement investments and savings greatly and suddenly diminished. For many, the bulk of those assets is the equity they have in their homes, for which values fell dramatically. In short, they became the victims of unforeseen circumstances just as they were retiring and the social safety nets designed to supplement responsible […]

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