Join the Sourcewise Advisory Council to Help Communities in Need 

Jan 25, 2023 | Newsletter, Winter 2023

The Advisory Council for Sourcewise plays a vital role in advocating for the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities in Santa Clara County. Members of the council participate in planning for future services provided and funded by Sourcewise for those with the greatest economic and social needs in the county. Members are also involved in the development and tracking of legislation affecting older adults. For example, several members of the Advisory Council serve on the California Senior Legislature, where new legislation supporting older adults is developed and lobbied each year.

At the monthly Advisory Council meetings held virtually, members discuss the activities of the council, exchange information about upcoming events, and learn about the latest programs and services of Sourcewise and other county service providers. Guest speakers inform members of current needs and issues facing older adults and individuals with disabilities. One council member stated, “A major benefit of serving on the council is learning about the broad array of programs and services to help older adults in the county.”

Members of the council represent the diverse cultural and ethnic communities, areas of need, and cities and supervisor districts within the county. For each of the communities they represent, council members report on events and needs within their communities and take back to their communities on what they have learned through the council. Many members are also involved with other local organizations that advocate on behalf of older adults.

Serving on the Advisory Council for Sourcewise is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and work with a group of passionate advocates for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

If you are interested in learning more about the Advisory Council and openings for new members, contact Shirley Loffer (shirleyloffer@aol.com) or Tom Picraux (stpicraux@gmail.com), Membership Co-Chairs.

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.