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Napa County is a wonderful place to live, especially for older adults: Its temperate climate, beautiful scenery, excellent medical care and wide variety of community services naturally appeal to seniors. In fact, Napa County has a higher percentage of adults over age 65 compared with the rest of the state, and has the eighth-highest per capita population over 85 in California.

Our community is a better, more diverse place because of its older residents. But this segment of the population also has unique needs.

We are fortunate to have several agencies in Napa County that provide programs specifically for seniors; nonprofits like the Area Agency on Aging, the Rianda House in St. Helena and Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services supplement traditional state and county programs and services, particularly for older adults.

The Napa Valley Vintners recently announced more than $500,000 in funding from Auction Napa Valley proceeds to help ensure safe, healthy, happy aging for Napa County seniors, in grants to these three organizations.

The Napa medical community has a health care delivery system of outstanding quality for our community, including our seniors: our local hospitals, doctors, skilled nursing facilities, community organizations like Community Action Napa Valley (providing Meals on Wheels) and larger health providers like Kaiser and Community Health Clinic Ole.

Some of these are also funded by the Napa Valley Vintners in other categories. In addition, several Napa County government programs provide critical support for seniors, particularly the Multipurpose Senior Services Program and the In Home Support Services Program.

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In spite of all this, there are some remaining gaps in services for seniors, with valuable programs either not covered or inadequately covered by our traditional health care system. The three agencies receiving grants from the Napa Valley Vintners in this category fill in these gaps. The result is a spectrum of programs for older adults that promote independence, prevent institutionalization, provide a higher quality of life and, ultimately, save taxpayers money.

I’ve worked in health care in Napa County for nearly 20 years and am committed to the health and well-being of our community. The Napa community is fortunate to have the Napa Valley Vintners’ support of the health care needs in our community — especially for our older and perhaps most deserving residents.

Dr. Robert Moore

Chief medical officer, Partnership Healthplan of California

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