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Is the San Diego Comic-Con Senior-Friendly?

The San Diego Comic-Con attracts more than 170,000 pop culture fans annually, but is it senior-friendly? This 63-year-old writer enjoys attending the event each year but when I was... — Updated 10/9/2017

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

'Six-Bed Bill' Aims to Streamline Facility Regulations

"Six-bed facilities are the wave of the future," said California State Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno). "This is where many of our moms and dads are. Eighty percent of... — Updated 10/9/2017

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

Kings County Works within Budget to Fight Elder Abuse

"We have plans to invest in elder abuse issues," said Kings County District Attorney Keith L. Fagundes. The current effort is currently grouped with other crimes such as insurance f... — Updated 10/9/2017

 
 By Steve Pastis    Health

Local Help Available to Deal with Senior Hopelessness

"Nationally, there are twice as many suicides as homicides, said Noah Whitaker, director of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, which is responsible for the oversight and guidance... — Updated 10/9/2017

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

Flag Ceremony Marks Elder Abuse Awareness Month

An Elder Abuse Awareness Flag Ceremony was held at Government Plaza in Visalia on June 6, which was attended by about 70 people. Speakers included Tulare County Board of... — Updated 10/9/2017

 

California Highway Patrol Seeks More Local Senior Volunteers

If you are at least 55 years old and meet a few other requirements, the California Highway Patrol wants you! The CHP is looking to increase the numbers of people involved in its... — Updated 10/9/2017

 

Over 500 Athletes Compete at Visalia Senior Games

The 2017 Visalia Senior Games exceeded expectations with 505 athletes competing in various locations in Visalia over two weekends in March. Seniors from 95 California cities, and... — Updated 7/26/2017

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

Farmersville City Council Decides CDBG Senior Services Programs

On January 23, the Farmersville City Council decided how to use the $150,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) the city was awarded to help pay for senior services over the... — Updated 2/27/2017

 

Visalia 2017 Senior Games Schedule Announced

The 2017 Visalia Senior Games, the Central Valley's only senior games, will be held at various locations in Visalia on March 16-19 and 24-26. The inaugural Senior Games, which were... — Updated 1/1/2017

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

$150,000 Grant for Seniors at Risk in Farmersville

The State of California recently approved a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the City of Farmersville that includes $150,000 for senior services for two years. About... — Updated 10/27/2016

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

Spring Dedication Planned for Open Arms House

Hospice care is a compassionate and team-oriented approach to medical care for the terminally ill. A hospice house, such as the Open Arms House that will open in Visalia in 2017,... — Updated 10/27/2016

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

Beware of These Popular 2016 Holiday Season Scams

"We have our 'oldies but goodies' but they become new again during the holiday season," said Nicole Burnham, victim advocate with the Tulare County District Attorney's Office,... — Updated 10/27/2016

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

Grant Allows Tulare County to Grow its Elder Abuse Task Force

The Tulare County District Attorney's Elder Abuse Task Force has been growing as it uses some of the $400,000 in grant funding it was awarded in July. The two-year funding from the... — Updated 10/27/2016

 

Seniors Showcase Creativity at San Diego Comic-Con

The San Diego Comic-Con, the annual event that attracts more than 100,000 comic book collectors, movie and television show fans each summer, is not just for young people. If you... — Updated 8/28/2016

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

Kings County Sheriff's Department Upgrades 'R.U.O.K.?' Program

The Kings County Sheriff's Department will be upgrading its RUOK ("Are You OK?") program in the near future. The decision was made to replace the system it has been using to serve... — Updated 8/28/2016

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

Tulare County Receives $400,000 Grant to Fight Elder Abuse

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors approved a request by the Tulare County District Attorney's Office to allow it to accept grant funding in the amount of $400,000 for a new... — Updated 8/28/2016

 

Visalia Offers Pickleball, Softball, Volleyball and Soccer for Seniors

Once again, the City of Visalia Parks and Recreation Department will include a variety of sports activities among its busy spring schedule for seniors. "What we're doing... — Updated 1/22/2016

 
 By Steve Pastis    Health

Medicare Specialist Advises Seniors to Avoid Medicare Advantage, HMOs

"Medicare insurance is the most confusing thing for a senior to figure out," Susan Hatch told members of the Senior Care Organization at their October meeting at Café 225 in... — Updated 11/22/2015

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

Fifty Cities Represented at Inaugural Visalia Senior Games

Last month, athletes from 50 California cities competed in the first Senior Games ever held in the Central Valley. A total of 237 athletes participated, including some traveling... — Updated 11/22/2015

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

New Cons and Scams Target Local Seniors

"Right now, the number of cons and scams are very high," said Nicole Burnham, elder abuse victim advocate for the Tulare County District Attorney's office, adding that telephone... — Updated 11/22/2015

 

2015 Visalia Senior Games Likely to Exceed Expectations

Response to the 2015 Visalia Senior Games, the first event of its kind for seniors in the South Valley, has been "real good," according to Allison Lambert, recreation supervisor... — Updated 9/16/2015

 
 By Steve Pastis    News

Tulare County Seniors Warned about Financial Scams

"Every year, an estimated five million – or one in ten older Americans – are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation," according to the National Center on Elder Abuse.... — Updated 7/18/2015

 

Pickleball: 'The Fastest Growing Sport in America'

Pickleball keeps growing in popularity in the South Valley, with many seniors coming out to play on the pickleball courts at Recreation Park in Visalia on at least a weekly basis. T... — Updated 5/14/2015

 

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