Irene Venegas loves it here at Council on Aging Silicon Valley (COASV) and says she wouldn’t change a thing. Irene has been working here since 1998 as our lead receptionist. In addition to her excellent administrative skills, Irene also regularly assists with Spanish interpretations, which is extremely beneficial for our multi-cultural community.
 
Being bilingual from a young age, Irene often assisted as an interpreter for her parents and family friends at appointments. She was born in Hollister where her family worked in agriculture. Her family followed the seasonal produce circuit, working year-round in San Benito, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties.
 
After raising three children, Irene entered the workforce. She followed her family’s footsteps and worked in the agriculture industry, preparing, packing and testing the quality of dried fruit in San Jose. Irene later acquired and developed her computer skills. Prior to beginning her career here at COASV, Irene worked for five years as a receptionist at Catholic Charities in San Jose.
 
Having been in this area for many years Irene has met many people. “Everywhere I go,” Irene says, “I see people who need help, and I tell them about Council on Aging Silicon Valley.”
 
If you need help or have questions on available services, please call our Information and Assistance Team at (408)350-3200, option 1.

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.