TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - Celebrate with Sierra Senior Services at the 12th Annual Truckee Bingo Night and Spaghetti Dinner - a perfect evening out for the family. This event benefits Truckee and North Tahoe area seniors, homebound, and disabled adults who rely on freshly cooked meals seven days a week provided by Meals on Wheels volunteers.Join the fun-filled social event Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. Tickets are $20 each in advance. A no-host bar opens at 5 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Enjoy a delicious Italian feast with dessert and coffee.After dinner, bingo balls are poppin' 7-9 p.m. with 10 games for $10, followed by a $10 blackout game. Raffle prizes and a silent auction keep the evening stirring. Raffle prizes include a Calistoga Spa Package, Southwest Airlines tickets (two). Cost is $10 each or three for $20.Tickets are available online at www.sierraseniors.org or at Sierra Senior Services, Plumas Bank and at the Community Recreation Center.For more information, call 530-550-7600.California Senior LegislatureCongress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1965 in response to concern by policymakers about a lack of community social services for older persons. The original legislation established authority for grants to States for community planning and social services, research and development projects, and personnel training in the field of aging. The law also established the Administration on Aging (AoA) to administer the newly created grant programs and to serve as the Federal focal point on matters concerning older persons. - Information from Administration on Aging, www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/index.aspx.The 80 Senior Assembly and 40 Senior Senate members of the California Senior Legislature were recently elected to represent planning and service areas throughout California. Members have submitted proposals this year designed to improve the lives of Californians age 60 and over.This past year 10 proposals were signed by the Gov. Brown directly relating to supporting seniors in California:SafetySB 1047: Silver Alert Program. Similar to the Amber Alert but specifically for seniors, eliminates the 24-hour delay for an adult to reported missing.AB 40: Elder Abuse Reporting. Process shortened to reduce delays.SB 1525: Financial Elder Abuse. Money transmitters are now required to be mandated reporters.AJR 30: Medicare and dental services combination depending on the budget.Veterans supportSB 1198: Homeless Senior Veterans. Requiring the department of Veterans Affairs to give information to veterans on federal housing vouchers, CalFresh programs, and federal pensions.SB 345: Ombudsman. Reporting annually to legislature. FinancialAB 2374: Relating to consumer credit reports for seniors allowing a freeze and limits charges.AB 2010: Reverse Mortgages. Additional counseling for seniors.AB 278 & SB 900: Home Mortgages & Foreclosures. Halts the abusive process for those who are in good faith working to amend the situation. Silver Alert Saves a SeniorNevada County issued the first-ever Silver Alert in the state of California. An Elk Grove gentleman was reported missing on Tuesday, Jan. 2 utilizing one of the 10 new laws that California adopted to protect seniors. According to The Union this situation ended happily with the safe return to his family. To find out more about the California Senior Legislature and recently passed laws go to www.4csl.org.
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