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Come on in, pour yourself some coffee, and let’s talk about good things happening in our senior world.

Do you know that we have a new local TV Show on Channel 28 dedicated to information and new happenings for seniors?

I’ve mentioned the new show to you a couple of times, when we’ve met before, but would like to give you an update.

As we discussed previously, Joann Busenbark, producer of the show Senior’s Rule!, began her show a few months ago.

Shortly after, she asked if I would be interested in working with her on the show. Since it would enable me to reach a few more seniors, I was delighted to say yes.

Shows one, two and three can be viewed online at Napavalleytv.org Select ‘Video on Demand’, then, select Channel 28, and you should see the first three shows of Senior’s Rule!

I’m unable to view local TV programs on my TV, so I watch it on the studio’s website.

A short review of the first three shows:

The first Senior’s Rule! show in May, dealt with the ‘In-Home Supportive Services Program’ (IHSS). Guests were Doug Weir and Lonny Lewis, both recipients of the service, and Elaine Payoli, a permitted caregiver. Lonny serves as chair on the IHSS Board, and Elaine, treasurer.

To qualify for IHSS care, you must be 65 years of age, disabled or blind, or if you are a disabled child, you are eligible for IHSS. This program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can remain safely in your own home. Types of services include Housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services, bathing, grooming and paramedical services

You must reside in the United States, be a resident of California and have a Medi-cal eligibility determination.

For additional information, call CSOA (Comprehensive Services for Older Adults) at (707) 253-6117.

The second show in June concerned the Caregiver Ordinance. Guests were Gary Lieberstein, county District Attorney, and Kristi Lesnewich, attorney with Legal Aid. They talked about the Napa County Caregiver Ordinance. All caregivers must acquire a work permit, requiring a thorough background check. Actually, we are the only county in California that has this ordinance to protect our seniors from unscrupulous caregivers. Check napacaregivers.org for more information.

The third Senior’s Rule! Show was in July. Our guest was John Coats, the new director of the Parks and Recreation Department. He personifies what a healthy, young-in-spirit senior we would all like to emulate. John loves the out of doors, biking and surfing.

He is interested in making Napa Park and Recreation all that it can be, and then some.

I had the pleasure of having met John previously as a member of the Senior Advisory Commission, which helps oversee the activities of the Senior Activity Center. We commissioners had the opportunity to meet and work with John on ideas for ways of improving the Senior Activity Center, since the center is part of the Parts and Recreation Program. The earthquake had seriously damaged the center’s main building, so there is much repair work to be done and some much needed updates and improvements. I understand the building is 30 years old, and I’m told that it has never had an update.

John envisions room enough for services and activities for the ‘young’ baby boomers, as well as building a solid program for older seniors who might have sedentary problems.

Our fourth show is “in the can,” as they say. It has been filmed and ready to show, I’ll have to tell you about it next week, but I’ll tell who our guests will be: Fran Rosenberg, Executive director and Judy Pfister, secretary of Molly’s Angels, so stay tuned. They are lots of fun.

You can see our shows on Channel 28 on Mondays at 11:30 a.m., and Saturdays at 5 p.m., all month.

Always great fun to be with you. Enjoy this wonderful weather, love and appreciate one another, and I’ll see you in a week.

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