OWL ALERT June 11: PROTECT VISITATION RIGHTS FOR LONG TERM CARE RESIDENTS

Don’t Lock Nursing Home and Long Term Care Facility Residents Away From Loved Ones During A Public Health Emergency

SITUATION: Data shows that no one suffered more during the Covid pandemic than elders and disabled individuals in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. They disproportionately died from COVID and were isolated because they were unable to see relatives.

Let’s learn from our mistakes and fix this before the next public health emergency.   

California State bill AB 2075—which passed the Assembly on May 23—guarantees that nursing home and long-term-care facility residents will have access to a designated family member, friend, or care provider during a public health emergency. Each would follow the same safety protocols as the facility’s staff. 

AB 2075 is now set for hearing by the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday June 19 at 1:30 p.m

ACTION: Contact the Senate Health Committee and your State Senator and voice your support for AB 2075. (See below for contact info and letter examples.)

And please share this message with friends, family and colleagues in the state of California.

California State Senate Health Committee *
1021 O Street, Room 3310
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4111
SHEA.Committee@senate.ca.gov
Website: https://shea.senate.ca.gov/committeehome

HERE is one example of a letter to send. HERE is another.

* State Senator Scott Wiener is a member of the Senate Health Committee.

OWL-SF Meeting (in person) June 22: CRUCIAL INFORMATION ABOUT DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Saturday, June 22, 11 AM to 12:30 PM
—  
IN PERSON  

Latino/Hispanic Room, SF Main Library
100 Larkin Street, Civic Center, San Francisco

Speaker: Stefani Bonigut is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and also has a master’s degree in psychology. She has worked as a family care specialist and educator for the Alzheimer’s Association of California and Northern Nevada for the last 11 years.
 
Besides an overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, her presentation will include:

·     Risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
·     Risk reduction
·     Living with dementia, its challenges and rewards

Q and A period to follow
 
For more information, contact OWL-SF at:

(415) 712-1695, OR info@owlsf.org

OWL-SF ALERT June 3: STOP PRIVATE EQUITY FROM TAKING OVER OUR HEALTHCARE

SITUATION: Data shows that private-equity ownership in the healthcare industry has more than doubled in the last decade, often leading to higher healthcare costs, poor quality, and less access to care.  

AB 3129—which was passed in the California State Assembly on May 21 and is now in the Senate Health Committee—will strengthen state prohibitions against private equity group abuses in healthcare.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta and Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) introduced AB 3129, authorizing the A.G. to grant, deny, or impose conditions to a change of control or an acquisition between a private equity group or hedge fund, and a healthcare facility or provider group. AB 3129 will also reinforce the existing bar on the corporate practice of medicine, including the bar on the interference of private equity groups or hedge funds in the treatment of patients.
 

Without proper enforcement, predatory practices will continue to consolidate our healthcare system, driving up prices, reducing quality of care, and restricting access for patients.  
 

ACTION: Contact your State Senator and voice your support for AB 3129. Contact friends and family who vote in California and urge them to contact their representatives.

And please share this message with friends, family and colleagues in the state of California. 

OWL Alert May 14: AT&T DATA BREACH: ACT NOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

SITUATION: An OWL-SF Member recently received notification that her personal information was included in a huge breach of data by AT&T.

In March, 2024 an AT&T data breach exposed data from 7.6 million current customers and 65.4 million former account holders on the dark web. The data leaked online includes personal information such as email and mailing addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, social security numbers (SSNs), AT&T account numbers and passcodes. Fraudsters can use information exposed in this breach to commit synthetic identity theft.

IMMEDIATE ACTION—do this NOW:

  • Click HERE to place a Fraud Alert on Equifax. This will be free of charge if you make sure to mention you are doing it in response to the AT&Tdata breach.
  • Click HERE to notify the Office of Inspector General of the Social Security Administration; or call (800) 269-0271.
  • Click HERE to contact the Federal Trade Commission to report the breach and start a recovery plan.

AND: Send this information to your friends everywhere. 73 million is a lot of people.

 

OWL-SF Meeting May 25: LEARN ABOUT COMMUNITY LIVING CAMPAIGN

COMMUNITY LIVING CAMPAIGN
 
Providing crucial services to elders and people with disabilities

OWL-SF takes a look at the abundant resources
and services available through CLC

Zoom meeting
Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Marie Jobling, Co-Executive Director of the Community Living Campaign, will talk to OWL-SF members about how CLC helps seniors and people with disabilities age in place and thrive at home and in their communities, with services such as:

  • Community Connector program: building networks of neighbors and friends to combat isolation, promote health, increase activity and HAVE FUN—through events, phone calls, workshops, walking groups and more.
  • Computer Training & Access program: free computer classes, tech support, workshops and referrals.
  • SF Reserve: matching older adults and people with disabilities with paid part-time work at local nonprofits and small businesses in San Francisco.
  • The Senior Beat: online journalism to amplify the voices of San Francisco’s older adults. 
  • Information and referrals for crucial resources and services: emergency preparedness, food, elder abuse prevention, awareness and action for social justice, transportation options, healthy aging workshops and resources for those vision and hearing challenges.
Zoom link to follow
For more information, contact OWL-SF at:
(415) 712-1695, OR info@owlsf.org

OWL ALERT May 7: Keep Low Income Elders and People with DisabilitiesIn Their Rented Homes

SITUATION: As housing costs rise, older adults and adults with disabilities living in California on a fixed income are at higher risk for experiencing severe rental cost burden. Older adults and those with disabilitiesespecially those without families to call onare thus more at risk for homelessness.

State Senate Bill SB37 would provide housing subsidies to older adults and adults with disabilities, who are experiencing such burden and possible risk of homelessness. Rental subsidies could also make it possible for many living in overburdened nursing facilities and who wish to live independently to return to the community.

ACTION: Contact your senator and voice your support for SB37, which makes it possible for many older adults to expand their choices and continue to live independently in the community. Contact friends and family who vote in California and urge them to contact their representatives.

Click HERE to identify your California State Senator, and find their contact information.

Visit OWL-SF May 4 at Community Living Campaign’s NEVER BETTER ELDERS

JOIN OWL-SF at NEVER BETTER ELDERS

NEVER BETTER ELDERS

COME OUT TO SUPPORT OWL AND OTHER
AGENCIES SERVING OLDER WOMEN

Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 1 to 4 PM
St. Anne’s of the Sunset

850 Judah St, between 14th and Funston
San Francisco

   Community Living Campaign is bringing together agencies, resources,
services and more for an afternoon of education, social connection, entertainment, and fun!

Keep Learning and Get Hands on Help:

  • Sign up for low cost and free taxi rides with the ETC card!
  • Get hands on tech help!
  • Learn about brain health with UCSF!
  • Prepare for emergencies!
  • Exercise Demos and much more!

Live Music: Community Living Campaign Writers, The Miraloma Ukulele Strummers, SF Youth Circus, Groovetime with MeloB n’ Jen

Participating Agencies: Older Women’s League, Institute on Aging, UCSF, Bay Area Cancer Institute, SF Paratransit, Shanti LAASN Project, Home Match and many other resources and connections.

Location specifics:

Enter on Funston St. side of Moriarty Hall. 
Free Parking at St. Anne’s on Funston St.
MUNI: N Judah, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight, 44 O’Shaughnessy, 43 Masonic

OWL ALERT APRIL 26: RESTORE CITY COLLEGE’S OLDER ADULTS PROGRAM

SITUATION:  City College has traditionally been a resource for all San Franciscans, but in 2019 90% of the offerings from the Older Adults Department were eliminated

Older Women’s League-SF has always been a strong supporter of City College and applauds the opportunities that CCSF has offered to younger people, but today we  are asking, “Why have you forgotten Older Adults?” 

The importance of lifelong learning, having an active mind, socialization, and community engagement are well known preventative steps to increase health and even longevity. These things are lost when City College cuts classes for Older Adults.
 
ACTION: Email or call the Board of Trustees and the CCSF Chancellor demanding restoration of programs for Older Adults. Remind officials that overlooking older adults is not only unjust, but that it hurts the entire community.

ALSO: Please share this message with friends, family and colleagues.
 
CCSF CONTACT INFO: 

CHANCELLOR
David Martin: dmartin@ccsf.edu.   Phone: 415-239-3303

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Alan Wong, President: alanwong@ccsf.edu
Aliya Chisti: achisti@ccsf.edu
Murrell Greetn: murrellgreen@ccsf.edu
Anita Martinez, Vice President: anitamartinez@ccsf.edu
Susan Solomon: ssolomon@ccsf.edu
Vick Van Chung: vchung@ccsf.edu
Shanell Williams: swilliams@ccsf.edu
Heather Brandt, Student Trustee: studenttrustee@mail.ccsf.edu

OWL ALERT APRIL 18: MAKE IT EASIER TO SIGN UP FOR MEDIGAP

SITUATION:  Medigap is an extra insurance policy that Medicare recipients can buy to help pay out-of-pocket costs not covered by Medicare. Presently, if an enrollee does not purchase a Medigap plan during their initial Medicare enrollment period, signing up for it later is difficult and more costly.

CASB 1236 creates open enrollment opportunities for Medicare beneficiaries to choose a Medigap policy between January 1 and March 31 annually—the same time frame for signing up for Medicare Advantage plans and others. 

This bill will have its first hearing April 24 at 1:30 in the Senate Health Committee.

ACTION:
1) Call your CA Senate member this week and ask them to support SB 1236!!!
Senator Scott Wiener: (916) 651-4011.
Click HERE to locate State Senators outside of San Francisco.
2) Email the Senate Health committee this week and ask them to forward your comments to the Senate Health Committee members. Email them here: SHEA.Committee@senate.ca.gov
3) Share this message with friends, family and colleagues in California.

You can watch or listen to hearing on April 24, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. HERE.

RALLY APRIL 9 TO SAVE THE PEOPLES’ NURSING HOME

     JOIN THE GREY PANTHERS FOR A RALLY TO

     SAVE THE PEOPLES’ NURSING HOME

Tuesday, April 9, 2:30-4 pm

Polk Street Steps of City Hall

(Prior to Laguna Honda Joint Conference Committee Meeting, 4 p.m. at San Francisco Health Commission/SFDPH on Grove and Polk)

Bring signs! We can walk over to the LHH JCC Meeting at 4!

Laguna Honda has been closed to new admissions for 2 years!

How many more months will San Franciscans who need a nursing home bed have to wait?

San Franciscans need this 780 bed safety net long term care facility to resume full operation. Over 40 people at Laguna Honda have been waiting for safe discharge for monthswhere are the services to accommodate them?

Why is no new system of oversight being proposed (over and above SFDPH and the Health Commission) to prevent profound mismanagement of our public nursing home from continuing?

                                  Click HERE for more information.

OWL ALERT April 3: SUPPORT PEOPLE LIVING IN RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES

SITUATION:  People living in Residential Care Facilities (RCFEs) often feel that their complaints go unheeded, even when a formal complaint is filed. California Assembly Bill 1911 makes the complaint process in RCFEs more timely, efficient and fair, by:

  • Putting an end to the practice of informally screening complaints, and not telling the complainant if their issue is not going forward,
     
  • Imposing investigation deadlines for RCFE complaints that align with deadlines for nursing home complaint investigations, 
     
  • Requiring written notice to the complainant when their complaint is received and assigned for investigation, and
     
  • Creating a right to appeal investigation findings.

ACTION: Contact your assembly member and ask them to vote Yes on AB 1911.

  • Click HERE to contact Assembly Member Matt Haney, District 17.
  • Click HERE to contact Assembly Member Phil Ting, District 19.
  • Click HERE to identify and locate State Assembly Members outside of San Francisco.

OWL-SF Meeting April 27: WOMEN HELPING WOMEN

Women Helping Women
In Ways That Really Make a DifferenceThis will be an in-person meeting!

Saturday,  April 27, 2024, 11AM to 12:30 PM
Richmond Branch Public Library
351 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

See below for location specifics

Most of us know very little about human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  OWL’s April program sheds some light on the women caught up in its dangerous web, the help available for a way out, and recovery.  Learn about important nonprofit resources and services available, founded by women to help women in San Francisco.
 
Speaker: Toni Eby—CEO of SF SafeHouse for unhoused women experiencing sexual exploitation—will help us understand the complex struggles of women dealing with these issues, and what we can do to support our sisters on the streets. Among issues she will cover:

  • How sex trafficking, trauma and drugs are intertwined
  • Prevention and support for women at risk
  • Resources for help and recovery

SF SafeHouse, founded by OWL Past President Glenda Hope, operates a residential transitional housing program, as well as the Hope Center, a non-residential outreach center in the Tenderloin. SafeHouse is currently negotiating to acquire a building for permanent supportive housing, making more lifesaving services available to  women.

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LOCATION SPECIFICS

The Richmond branch of San Francisco Public Library, 351 9th Avenue, is half a block north of Geary Boulevard. The Local 38 MUNI line will take you to 9th and Geary, the Rapid does not stop at 9th, but will take you to either 6th Avenue or Park Presidio–sixth being the closest. The 44 line also stops at 6th and Geary. Street parking is reasonably easy within a two block radius.

All branches of SFPL are wheelchair accessible.

The community meeting room is on the ground floor. If you enter through the 9th Avenue doors, the room is downstairs. If you enter through the 10th Avenue doors, as you do so, the room is to your right.

 

OWL ALERT March 19: CARA Senior Vote 2024

CALL TO ACTION: SB 980 HEARING ON MARCH 20TH!

CARAs sponsored bill, SB 980 (Wahab) which expands the Medi-Cal Dental benefit to cover implants –  impacting over 1.6 million Medi-Cal Senior beneficiaries – will be heard in the Senate Health Committee on MARCH 20TH. Visit our Positions Letters page to learn more about the bill, get your organization to submit a support letter, and join us in Sacramento on MARCH 20TH! If you would like to join our CARA Lobby Team on March 20th, please contact Dwane Camp at dcamp.cara@gmail.com . You can submit a letter directly on our Website HERE – Thank you!

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CARA’s STATEWIDE LOBBY DAY TRAINING

FRIDAY, MARCH 22ND AT 12 NOON

REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/CARALobby24

CARA’s Statewide (Virtual) Lobby Day will be held on Friday, APRIL 12TH, when we will talk to the 120 legislative offices (CARA CATs will host these).  If you want to attend, email caralobby@gmail.com to let us know which legislators you would like to talk with and we will send you the details.

In preparation for our Lobby Day, PLEASE register for our Lobby Day Training- Fabulous Friday Forum on March 22nd to learn more about our priority bills and how to conduct our virtual lobby visits.  REGISTER AT https://bit.ly/CARALobby24

OWL ALERT MARCH 8: MORE ACTION FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE

SITUATION: California Assembly Bill 2200—known as the California Guaranteed Health Care For All Act, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra—sets in motion a single-payer health care coverage system in California, called CalCare, for all residents, regardless of citizenship status. By streamlining payments and lowering per-capita health care spending, CalCare guarantees quality health care and long term care without creating barriers to care or out of pocket costs.

This crucial legislation needs to be heard and voted on by the Assembly Health Committee within the next two months in order to move forward. 

ACTION: National Nurses United is holding house parties all over California to plan future actions to support the passage of the bill. Get together with other activists and learn about a plan to win, in a fun, informative and empowering gathering. 

The San Francisco house party is Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m., 1407 5th Avenue, Apt A (top buzzer). Click HERE to register. See National Nurses United-CalCare for more information and ways to get involved. 

Please also share this message with colleagues, friends and family in California. 

OWL-SF Meeting March 23, 2024: STRENGTHEN & STRETCH

IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE,
STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY

Saturday, March 23, 11 AM to 12:15
Zoom video and call-in meeting

  • Gentle exercises done sitting or standing
  • Exercises and stretches for daily and at home use
  • No special equipment or abilities needed
  • Fun and easy to do

Coach Kyra returns to OWL to help our members increase balance, build strength, and improve flexibility for mobility and safety at home and out of doors.

For more information:
Call (415) 712-1695, or email
 info@owlsf.org

OWL-SF Alert February 20: END BIASED POLICE STOPS IN SF Feb 21

SITUATION: The Coalition to End Biased Stops has been working for over 2 years to eliminate racially biased police stops in SF. The Police Commission did finally vote unanimously in favor of Department General Order 9.07, a comprehensive policy to prohibit racially-biased traffic stops in San Francisco. HOWEVER – since then, this policy has been stuck in the “meet and confer process” with the Police Officer’s Association (POA).

It has taken nearly an entire year, but the policy is finally coming back to the Police Commission for its second and final vote TOMORROW, February 21st.

ACTION:

  • Please take 20 seconds to send an email to the commission urging them to finally implement DGO 9.07 by using this easy email tool.
  • Please post on social media, urging the commission to finally implement DGO 9.07, using this social media toolkit!
  • Meet us at Police Commission tomorrow at 6:30pm at City Hall, Room 400! We want to show force, and while the meeting starts at 5:30pm, this item is 8th on the agenda.

To learn more about DGO 9.07, why it’s so important for our clients, and why it has been held up so long, please read this letter drafted by the coalition.

And please share this message with colleagues, friends and family in San Francisco.

OWL-SF Info Alert: CARA Event to Repeal Unjust Utility Tax

A fixed-rate utility tax protects utility profits,
not California consumers.

This unjust tax will hurt seniors. OWLs can learn more about this tax and how to repeal it by attending CARA’s Feb. 23 Forum

CARA’s Fabulous Friday Forum

Click HERE to read California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) article about the history and current status of the utility tax.

Click HERE to register to attend the event.

OWL-SF RECOMMENDATIONS for SF BALLOT MEASURES

SAN FRANCISCO PROPOSITIONS A, B, E, AND F
RECOMMENDATIONS

The OWL Board studied these Propositions on the ballot for the March 5th election in San Francisco and came to the following conclusions:

YES ON A – Bond issue for affordable housing including designations for seniors, families and abuse survivors.

NO ON B – Dubbed the “Cop Tax” and would require approval of new taxes to support this vital service which should be funded from current tax. Would actually delay increasing police force.

NO ON E – Decreases oversight by Police Commission, allows increase of dangerous vehicle chases on our crowded streets, allows more use of surveillance technologies without safeguards, decreases police accountability by decreasing reports of “incidents.”  

NO ON F – This proposition would require anyone receiving CAAP/public assistance benefits to be screened for substance use and if dependent on illegal drugs referred for professional evaluation and possible treatment. If they refuse, they will lose their public assistance money that they depend on to live! This measure is punitive, intrusive and depends on treatment services that are currently scarce and not easily accessible.