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Mobilize Retirees (When Needed)
THIS MONTH’S HOT TOPICS
Coming soon – the 2017 Health Plan Rates. The proposed rates will be heard by the County of Orange Board of Supervisors at their meeting on July 26, 2016. Once the rates are approved by the Board of Supervisors, REAOC will post those rates on our website.
BOARD WATCH COMMITTEE
Chair, Norma Roberts
The purpose of this committee is to protect retiree rights and benefits by reviewing Board of Supervisor’s (BOS) agendas and minutes and to listen to the BOS meetings in order to identify any items that might affect retiree rights or benefits or be of interest to REAOC. This committee is seeking volunteers to assist the REAOC Board by listening to the Board of Supervisors’ meetings to identify any topics of interest to retirees.
Committee Status: This committee currently needs a volunteer to serve on the committee.
ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS
In Orange County, the County of Orange Office on Aging is making efforts to increase public awareness on this issue. Please see the important information below provided by the Office on Aging.
What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse is a crime and includes physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse, and neglect (learn more). Last year, over 10,000 abuse reports were investigated by SSA Adult Protective Services (APS), an increase of over 19% compared with 2014. Read some vignettes about elder abuse, and test your knowledge on the subject.
Why should I care?
The 65+ population is the fastest growing age group in OC. Nationally it is estimated that 5 million, or 1 in 10 seniors, are victims of elder abuse annually, with an economic cost of over $30 billion. Experts believe that for every case reported, over 20 cases go unreported.
Where can I go for help?
If you suspect someone is being abused or neglected, report it!
SSA APS, 800-451-5155, investigates abuse in private homes and unlicensed board and care homes.
Long Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman Office, 800-300-6222, investigates abuse in residential facilities (e.g., nursing and board and care homes).
For emergency shelters and/or counseling for victims of elder abuse, call Safe Options for Seniors Human Options at 877-854-3594.
What can I do to help?
Many County Agencies are in the business of helping seniors, but if you want to have a more active role in the lives of seniors, you can:
Volunteer! (Ombudsman, Meals on Wheels, senior centers, etc.).
Resources for Seniors
Daily needs: List of OC resources (help with food, transportation, housing, medical care and in-home care)
Data: the Older Adult Dashboard provides insight into how those 65+ are faring.
Learn how to protect yourself and others!
Additionally the California Welfare Directors’ Association (CWDA) prepared an interesting article describing how Adult Protective Services Workers save lives. Click here to read that article.
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF JULY 18, 2016
Report reveals San Onofre reactor leaked radiation
The Los Angeles Times reports that the reactor was operated outside allowable limits resulting in a radiation leak that in 2012 shut down the now mothballed facility. A former Southern California Edison (SCE) engineer lays the blame squarely on SCE and says that SCE, not its customers, should bear the cost of closing the facility. Not surprisingly, a SCE spokesperson disagrees. (Editor’s Note: This article fails to discuss any impact of the radiation leak on south OC residents). (More)
Why your grandmother is still employed
A Los Angeles Times article conveys that the number of retirement age workers is increasing significantly. One reason is that the income is needed while the other reason described in this article is the importance of staying active and productive -of feeling useful and accomplishing things. (More)
ABOUT OUR LUNCHEONS
REAOC luncheons are held for the purpose of bringing Orange County retirees together for an afternoon of camaraderie, entertainment, and information. Friends and family are always welcome! Each luncheon features a different theme, with door prizes, and special gifts. As an added bonus, there is a valuable Progressive Drawing. They also serve as a general meeting for the membership.
The Mile Square Park Banquet Facility located at 10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, California, 92708. For directions, call the Mile Square Banquet Facility at (714) 962-5541 or see map below showing where the Facility is located. Please DO NOT call the Facility to make reservations. Reservations are made by sending in the reservation form in The Informer or by calling the REAOC office at (714) 840-3995.
Luncheons are held the 4th Wednesday of January, March, May and September, and on the first Wednesday of December at Noon. To ensure a parking spot please arrive by 11 a.m. Please carpool.
Luncheons for 2016 are listed below:
January 27 March 23 May 25 September 28 December 7
Please Note: Reservations by phone or mail for the September 28th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, September 21, 2016.
Cost for the luncheon is $17.00 per person. A reservation form is provided in The Informer (on the current Luncheon page), in the “Forms” section of the REAOC web site or you may email the REAOC office of your request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HEMET CHAPTER LUNCHEONS
Luncheons in Hemet are held on the second Tuesday during the months of February, April, June, October and December. Attendees arrive around 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church located at 515 E. Kimball Avenue in Hemet and lunch is served between 11:45 and noontime. The cost is $9.50 per person. The Hemet Chapter would like new members and encourages all REAOC members who live in the area or within driving distance to join them for the luncheons.
REAOC’s Hemet Chapter will hold its next luncheon on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church located at 515 E.Kimball in Hemet.
Make your reservation by calling Jeri Maupin at 951-672-4594 or Joyce Emery at 951-658-2549 by no later than October 4, 2016.
Luncheons for 2016 are listed below:
February 9 April 19 June 14 October 11 December 13
MAP TO MILE SQUARE PARK
Below is a map showing the general location of the Mile Square Park Banquet Facility located at 10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, California 92708.
If you need exact directions from your house you can go to MapQuest and click on “driving directions.”
AVAILABLE HEALTH PLANS FOR 2016
If you have any questions regarding your health plan, please contact the County’s Employee Benefits section at (866) 325-2345.
Coming soon – the 2017 Health Plan Rates. The proposed rates will be heard by the County of Orange Board of Supervisors at their meeting on July 26, 2016. Once the rates are approved by the BOS, REAOC will post those rates on our website.
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2016 Health Plan rates:
For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below.
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