Welcome to The Argonaut’s new special section “Senior Scene.” This page will contain articles dealing with topics of most interest to seniors.

The Argonaut would like feedback from seniors (whether able-bodied or disabled) and caregivers, friends and family members. What are their questions and concerns? What are the challenges and triumphs that seniors face every day? This will help us in choosing topics for future “Senior Scene” sections.

Suggestions can be sent to The Argonaut, P.O. Box 11209, Marina del Rey CA 90295-7209, or faxed to Helga at (310) 822-2089 or e-mailed to Helga@argienews.com/.

The problems of baby boomers, some ready to retire, others not able to afford to retire, who are having to help care for their elderly parents, is becoming a much more critical issue today.

For those on Social Security, next year and 2011 may be the first times that no cost of living adjustment will be made, affecting not only their income, but also their ability to assist their aging parents.

Over 22 million baby boomers are caring for their aging parents and 25 percent of baby boomers live with their parents, according to various surveys.

Seniors face an array of issues such as maintaining health, proper nutrition, finances, elder care, living trusts, fraud, abuse, employment, retirement, housing, caregivers, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and a host of other issues related to aging.

Many senior services available are provided by County Community and Senior Services, a social services agency responsible for the well-being of seniors, adults and youths.

The department also provides services through a network of over 500 community agencies for the citizens of Los Angeles County. There is a variety of information as well as a list of available services to be found at

http://css.lacounty.gov /.

The tangle of jurisdictions in The Argonaut distribution area includes the City of Los Angeles (Mar Vista, Venice, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Del Rey, Westchester, the Los Angeles International Airport area and Venice) and the city of Santa Monica.

Marina del Rey includes the unincorporated area of Marina del Rey proper, under county jurisdiction, and areas with the Marina zip code of 90292 that are actually in the City of Los Angeles.

Although Santa Monica and Los Angeles provide many of their own services, such as police and fire departments, the County Department of Health Services also serves all of these areas, as does County Community and Senior Services.

Locally, services are provided to the entire Argonaut readership area by the county’s Community and Senior Services contractor, WISE and Healthy Aging, 1527 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 394-9871. Not all of the services listed below are funded by Community and Senior Services,

WISE services include Adult Day Service Center, Caregiver Services, Congregate Meal Program, Frail Elderly Services, Elder Abuse Prevention Program, Financial Services, Health Clinic, Information and Referral, Long-term Ombudsman Program, Mental Health Services, Peer Counseling, Transportation and Mobility Program and Volunteer Services.

The city of Santa Monica offers “Community Connections for Older Adults,” sponsored by the Older Adult Task Force,” offering a quick reference guide of Westside services for older adults and caregivers.

The Older Adult Task Force created the guide as a free resource tool to assist in finding services for older adults and their caregivers in Santa Monica and neighboring communities.

The guide includes public and private non-profit organizations in the Santa Monica area but not all available services are listed, and the Task Force said it can’t give quality guarantees about the listed providers. www01.smgov.net

hsd/senior /Documents/QuickRef Guide.pdf

The City of Los Angeles Department of Aging offers a Web site for a variety of services, including a list of senior centers for recreation and for meals, http://aging.lacity.org /.

Some of the centers that offer meals include:

Westchester Senior Center

8740 Lincoln Blvd. (at Manchester Ave.), Westchester

(310) 649-3319, (meal time 11:30 a.m.)

Venice Japanese Center

12448 Braddock Dr., (near S. Centinela Ave.) Los Angeles,

(310) 822-8885, (meal time 11:30 a.m.)

Penmar Recreation Center

1341 Lake St., Venice, (310) 396-9055 (meal time 11:30 a.m.)

Israel Levin Senior Center

201 Ocean Front Walk, Venice (310) 396-0205

(meal time 11:45 a.m.)

Westminster Senior Center

1234 Pacific Ave., Venice, (310) 396-3557 (meal time 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays only)

Oakwood Recreation Center,

767 California St., Venice, (310-452-7479 (meal time 11:30 a.m.).