7 Political Advocates Fighting for Senior Citizens in California
California’s oldest age group (60 and over) is increasing at a fast rate – it’s expected to increase 112 percent from 1990 to 2020. In California, there are many politicians working to improve the lives of the state’s senior citizens, protecting them from losing their rights, suffering from abuse at the hands of a care facility or creating new ways to keep them safe. With a growing population of older Americans, these issues are more important now than ever.
Here are seven political advocates who have a proven record of protecting the state’s seniors:
Assemblymember Laura Friedman introduced a bill earlier this year to amend a section of the Health and Safety Code that relates to residential care facilities for the elderly. In this bill, facilities are required to review their emergency plan annually and conduct a drill for various situations quarterly for each shift. These plans are also required to be available to any resident’s family member who requests it.
Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer sponsored a bill in 2017 to expand the list of mandated reports of abuse, neglect or abandonment of elder or dependent adults to include substance use disorder counselors to provide further protections for vulnerable people.
Assemblymember Ash Kalra is the chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care. The committee is responsible for area agencies on aging, long-term support and services, senior citizen advocacy activities and services for seniors, both residential and day. This year, he sponsored a bill to provide regulation to home care organizations and registration of home care aides.
Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove was elected in a special election in April 2018 and now sits on the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, where she works with her peers to improve the lives of California’s elderly population.
Blanca Rubio, California Assemblymember from District 48
Assemblymember Blanca Rubio is on the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, which hears bills related to elder abuse among other types of abuse. Earlier this year, she sponsored a bill to ensure seniors living in residential care facilities are safe and secure in their right to privacy.
As vice chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, Assemblymember Randy Voepel has worked on behalf of his constituents to improve their lives, including the lives of seniors both at home and in residential care facilities.
Last year, Senator Scott Wiener introduced and passed a bill that strengthened the protections of LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities against discrimination. He’s worked to improve the lives of seniors after they enter a facility, ensuring their rights are not infringed upon.
While these aren’t the only advocates California’s elderly population has, they are some of the most prominent people fighting to protect them.
Stop Elder Abuse
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and people all around the globe are taking a stand against elder abuse in their communities, just like these politicians do. You too can help stop nursing home abuse by following these five steps with your elderly loved ones:
- Visit your family in nursing homes frequently
- Keep an eye on their financial records
- Make sure the nursing home they are in has sufficient staff
- Spread awareness of nursing home and elder abuse
- Act on any suspicions you have
If you ever find yourself or a loved one in a situation where you suspect abuse, contact the experienced elder abuse attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere for a free consultation.