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Congress of California Seniors Hosts 'SENIOR VOICES 2008' Conference in Ventura on Monday, October 27, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 General News J E 4
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VENTURA, Calif., Oct. 14 A great number of seniororganization leaders, service providers, and advocates for senior issues willgather on Monday, October 27 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds' Derby Club inVentura for the 2008 Southern Regional Conference of the Congress ofCalifornia Seniors (CCS).

"Seniors today are threatened. We're threatened by a global economiccrisis. We're threatened by elder abuse. And we're threatened by the state'songoing budget crisis, which plays havoc with the food and nutrition, housingand health care needs of the majority of the seniors living in ourcommunities," says Hank Lacayo, State President of the Congress of CaliforniaSeniors, adding, "We are gathering in Ventura to share ideas, buildpartnerships and hear from our elected leaders about how we can make thegolden years better for all of us living in our Golden State."

The CCS is open to the public and active seniors and senior advocates areinvited to attend the conference. The Opening Session begins at 10 AM onMonday, October 27, at the Derby Club located at the Ventura CountyFairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura.

Jack O'Connell, Secretary of Education, Congresswoman Lois Capps,California Assembly members Julia Brownley and Pedro Nava will participate ina mid morning panel discussion on the state budget crisis and how it iscrippling senior programs. Sandra Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of theCalifornia Commission on Aging, will speak in the afternoon on PreparingSenior Centers for the Baby Boom generation. AARP's Adriana Mendoza willdiscuss AARP's "Divided We Fail" media campaign to raise awareness of seniorissues. Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long will bring a message from VenturaCounty. The conference will conclude with a California DMV workshop on seniordriving safety.

"'SENIOR VOICES 2008' takes place at a time of fear and great concernamong seniors over the state, national, and international economic crises.Seniors are seeing their retirement accounts dwindle and public programsdecimated," says CCS State President Hank Lacayo. "In spite of these setbacks,seniors have to continue to fight for workable programs with adequate fundingto help California prepare for the large number of aging baby boomer in theyears ahead. Here in Ventura County our seniors face some very seriousproblems in light of the recently announced cutbacks in senior programs,including the potentially devastating impact of the loss of our Ventura CountySenior Ombudsman. We will address these concerns at this conference."

The Congress of California Seniors is a statewide broad-based coalition ofsenior centers and residential facilities, women's clubs, tenant and homeowner associations, faith based organizations, community service groups, tradeunion retirees, retired federal/state/local government and public employeesorganizations and other advocacy groups. Chartered in 1977, CCS's main officeis in Sacramento, California.For Calendar listings the essential information is Monday, October 27, 2008 Congress of California Seniors "SENIOR VOICES 2008" Derby Club, Ventura County Fairgrounds 10 West Harbor Boulevard Ventura, California Modest Registration Fee includes luncheon and materials $25 solo, $35 couple ... For information contact 1-800-543-3352

SOURCE Congress of California Seniors
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