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  • Exeter Senior Center Reopens for Business

    Larry Kast|Updated May 2, 2024

    The Exeter Senior Center has been reopened by Community Services Employment Training (CSET), which manages the center and seven others in Tulare County. The center, which reopened its doors on April 22, held an open house featuring coffee, tea and pastries during the morning event. Located at 301 S E Street in Exeter, the Exeter Senior Center will be open from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on weekdays and will provide seniors with programming and nutrition services. The calendar of...

  • Women 50+ Biggest Wild Card Vote in 2024 Election

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Women voters age 50 and older are the biggest wild card vote in the 2024 election, divided almost evenly on their preferred presidential candidate, according to a new AARP poll. These voters share common concerns about their financial security, wellbeing, the political divide and the overall future of the country. In a head-to-head matchup, 43% of women 50+ said they would vote for Donald Trump in an election today, while 46% said Joe Biden. In a generic Congressional ballot,...

  • 2023 Local Master Plan for Aging Released

    Updated May 2, 2024

    The 2023 Local Master Plan for Aging: Kings and Tulare Counties has been completed and is now available for viewing or downloading at ktaaa.org/resourceslinks/2023-local-master-plan-for-aging. The plan complements the California Master Plan for Aging, a 10-year blueprint for promoting healthy aging and supporting the quality of life in the state. The 12 members of the Kings/Tulare Master Plan for Aging Advisory Committee that produced the master plan represented various...

  • New VA Clinic to Open in Visalia

    Updated Apr 29, 2024

    After much anticipation, a new VA clinic is set to open its doors soon in Visalia, replacing the existing VA clinic in Tulare. Driving this transition are the space limitations of the current location in Tulare. The smaller facility on Cherry Street no longer meets the needs of the growing Veteran population. The transition to the new clinic represents a significant milestone for VA staff, said Tulare Administrative Officer Tawanda Cochran. "With nearly 5,000 Veterans enrolled...

  • Indoor Pickleball Center Planned

    Steve Pastis|Updated Apr 29, 2024

    If everything proceeds on schedule, a 31,000-square-foot indoor pickleball center will be open to the public by the end of the year. The center, which will feature 11 courts, will be at 730 S. Bridge Street in Visalia. The project was submitted at the Visalia Site Plan Review meeting on March 20. Concerns were raised at the meeting, most noteably about parking and trash bin placement, but John George of J.F. George Enterprises, Inc., the property owner and main force behind...

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to be Observed

    Updated Apr 29, 2024

    June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and observances will be held in both Tulare and Kings Counties. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on June 15, 2006, by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social,...

  • Credit for Caring Act Reintroduced into U.S. Senate

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    On January 31, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), as well as U.S. Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) and Mike Carey (R-Ohio), reintroduced the Credit for Caring Act. The Credit for Caring Act is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Magg...

  • AgeTech Introduces New Products for Seniors

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    This year at CES 2024 – the annual Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas – the AgeTech Collaborative from AARP showcased Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in healthcare and personalized care. The AgeTech Collaborative from AARP presented cutting-edge technology products, services and experiences across industries, including AI and robotics. Innovations on display provide tools and technology to bring meaningful change and help solve the challenges of aging. "In...

  • Landline Phone Service May Be Discontinued

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    In February, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held three in-person public forums to get customer input about AT&T's pending application to discontinue landline phone service. The forums were held in Clovis, Ukiah, and Indio. Online forums are scheduled at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. The webcasts can be seen at www.admcinmonitor.com/ca/cpuc and accessed using the "LOGIN" link and the passcode 6032788#. AT&T is a "Carrier of Last Resort" (COLR) and r...

  • Visalia Senior Games to be Held through Spring

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    "We will be spreading out the Visalia Senior Games events throughout spring to allow both our partners and our department the freedom to assess what events are happening in the community and eliminate double booking of events and other tournaments or competitions," said Holly Ellis, recreation supervisor for the City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department. "With this new model, the weekend that works best for each sport will be when the event will be hosted," she added. The...

  • Four in Five Seniors Find This Road Sign Ageist

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Since the controversial "elderly people" road sign, designed by a child in a drawing competition, was introduced over 40 years ago, it has repeatedly come under attack for its ageist imagery depicting a physically challenged couple bent over walking sticks. The Silver Marketing Association, based in the U.K., which campaigns for ethical and respectful marketing for older people, carried out a survey of 55 to 80-year-olds in partnership with older people's campaigning group...

  • Heart of Seniors Event Set for Feb. 15

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    The Heart of Seniors Expo & Fashion Show, hosted by the Senior Coalition, will be held on Thursday, February 15, at the Visalia Wyndham Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Dr., Visalia. The event will include a vital resource fair with vendors, a fashion show – featuring senior models escorted by American Ambulance team members – and a luncheon. The resource fair opens at 9 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person and includes lunch. Early registration is...

  • Long-Term Care Insurance 2024 Tax Deductible Limits Announced

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    The IRS has announced decreased tax-deductible limits for long-term care insurance for 2024, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI). “This is a significant change in practice after yearly increases,” said Jesse Slome, director of AALTCI. “The 2024 deductible limits are still significant and few people, especially business owners, are aware that premiums paid for long-term care insurance may be tax-deductible.” The just-announced 2024 limits for an individual age 70 or over is $5,880,...

  • Bipartisan Bill Reintroduced to Combat Valley Fever

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    On December 13, Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-22), David Schweikert (AZ-01) and Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) introduced the Finding Orphan-disease Remedies with Antifungal Research and Development (FORWARD) Act. This legislation would support various research programs with the goal of developing new drugs, treatments and vaccines to combat valley fever. “Valley fever has a huge impact on our neighbors and communities in the Central Valley, and we must prioritize the development of new treatments and vaccines to combat the s...

  • New Scam Targets Church Members

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    A new scam is targeting church members in California. Texts and emails are being sent to parishioners from someone pretending to be the church minister. These texts and emails ask church members to donate money, most often in the form of gift cards. If you receive an email text requesting a contribution, you are advised to contact the office of your church for verification before sending any money....

  • AI-Generated Women Scam Men Searching for Love

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to deceive and scam individuals on various platforms, including texts, social media and dating apps. Victims have reported losing thousands of dollars to individuals they believed were real women, only to discover that they were interacting with sophisticated AI programs. These scammers not only stole their money but also manipulated their emotions. Security experts have analyzed videos and photos shared by victims and identified several signs of manipulation. The videos often...

  • Senior Suicides on the Increase

    Steve Pastis|Updated Jan 3, 2024

    While the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reported that the number of suicides of people 10-24 years old went down by more than 8% between 2021 and 2022, the numbers were far less encouraging for seniors during those years. Suicides increased by 6.6% for those 45-64, and 8.1% for those 65 and older. The increase was seen both nationally and locally. "There was a sharp increase among those 55 and older," said Noah Whitaker, who served as the director of Tulare...

  • Artificial Intelligence Voice Cloning Scams on the Rise

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    With the rise in popularity and adoption of artificial intelligence tools, it is easier than ever to manipulate images, videos and, perhaps most disturbingly, the voices of friends and family members. "Advanced artificial intelligence tools are changing the game for cybercriminals," said Steve Grobman, chief technology officer for McAfee, a company that offers online protection. "Now, with very little effort, they can clone a person's voice and deceive a close contact into...

  • Tulare County Parks' New Program Includes Memorial Trees, Benches

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    Tulare County Parks has launched its Parks Sponsorship Programs, as part of its Parks Strategic Outreach Plan. The goal is to transform local parks into vibrant hubs of community activity and environmental stewardship. The plan includes a memorial tree and bench program, which offers the opportunity to remember a loved one. Other sponsorship opportunities, fundraising events and clean-up initiatives include a corporate sponsorship program, an individual membership program,...

  • Kaweah Health Observes National Hospice Month

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    Kaweah Health Hospice is observing November as National Hospice Month. For nearly 40 years, the hospice has been delivering end-of-life services in Tulare and Kings Counties, serving adult and pediatric patients. The care provided by Kaweah Health Hospice is not confined to a specific location, instead extending to wherever a patient calls home – their residence, skilled nursing facility, residential care facility or assisted living centers. Kaweah Health Hospice's mission i...

  • SB 525 to Increase Healthcare Workers Minimum Pay

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    On September 15, the California legislature passed SB 525, a bill that will give more than 400,000 healthcare workers the first $25 per hour minimum wage in the country. Staff in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, dialysis clinics and community clinics will receive the pay increase. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on October 13. The SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, a healthcare justice union of more than 100,000 healthcare workers, patients and...

  • Stockings for Seniors Drive Begins

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    The holiday season is a joyous time for many. Families gather to celebrate, spend time together, and look forward to the new year. This time of year can be difficult, though, for homebound senior citizens experiencing isolation, with limited resources and support. To add a little holiday cheer to their lives, these seniors will receive a stocking filled with donated cold-weather items and hygiene products during the annual Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging (KT AAA) Stockings...

  • Tulare County Recognizes Local Centenarians

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    Reaching your 100th birthday is a tremendous milestone worth celebrating, and on October 3 the Tulare County Board of Supervisors recognized local centenarians for achieving this monumental milestone and proclaimed Centenarian Day in Tulare County. To celebrate their lives, legacy and longevity, the County Supervisors held a special ceremony ahead of their regular board meeting to pay tribute to Tulare County's oldest seniors - residents who are at least 100 years old. Last...

  • Committee Presents the Kings/Tulare 'Master Plan on Aging'

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    The Kings/Tulare Master Plan for Aging Advisory Committee presented its findings to the receptive crowd that filled the room at the Wyndham Visalia Hotel on October 19th. Committee members included people representing various organizations, non-profits, governmental and county agencies, and county officials committed to improving resources and services for older adults in both counties. The committee had been given the task of developing a "Rural Master Plan on Aging" to...

  • 2023 Visalia Senior Games Ready to Begin

    Updated Nov 9, 2023

    The City of Visalia Parks and Recreation Department is ready for the 2023 Visalia Senior Games to begin over the weekend of November 4-5. The games will be the first since the pandemic. This year's games will offer competitions in pickleball and table tennis. Registration closed on October 20, and competitions in archery and disc golf were cancelled due to low registration numbers, according to Eric Ferreira, recreation coordinator for the City of Visalia Parks & Recreation...

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