City to Study Feasibility of Opening an Office on Aging

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Councilman Dee Andrews brought forth an agenda item at the Tuesday, October 6th, City Council meeting, requesting the Long Beach City Council to consider opening an Office on Aging and City Council voted unanimously in favor of the item.

The City of Long Beach and Councilman Dee Andrews will be championing a feasibly study to open a new Office on Aging. “Our seniors are a very important part of our community. I appreciate Councilman Andrews bringing forth a policy that brings improved services to our community of older adults”, said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This is a good public policy moment for Long Beach”, continued Mayor Garcia.

“There are over 65,000 senior citizens in Long Beach, which is the largest age population within the City borders. As a senior myself, I know the difficulties that are faced and I am very happy to see that our great City is ready to put these issues on the forefront”, said Councilman Dee Andrews.

The agenda item called for the feasibility of creating a City of Long Beach Office on Aging, as well as, requesting an update of the Long Beach Strategic Plan for Older Adults which was created in 2005. He also requested for a strategy of action for items listed in the plan. The plans purpose was to address the needs of the elderly, including safety, transportation, housing, health, and improving their quality of life, however only a few of the plans item have ever been addressed. “This plan has been on the shelf since 2008 and it is so nice that it got to see the light again. This is a great day for Long Beach”, said Theresa Marino, retired manager of the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department that assisted in creating the original Long Beach Strategic Plan for Older Adults.

The item is co-authored by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Councilman Daryl Supernaw, and Councilman Roberto Uranga. For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.

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