We won no-fare bus passes for
low income seniors and persons living with disabilities!
Our Thirteenth Annual Senior Conference & Expo was held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 with a theme of Who Will Care for the Baby Boomers? For those of you who weren't able to attend, and those who were, on the right is a link to the video of yesterday's Conference shot by a staff member of the RI legislature.
Despite the weather, we had 150 persons and 21 Exhibitor tables in attendance. Jack Reinholt, our Board Chair, was the emcee. Board Member George Neubauer moderated a Forum with House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, and Board Treasurer Jeanne Gattegno led a panel discussion about building a better-paid and valued senior care workforce. Our Keynoter, Senator Maryellen Goodwin's speech was particularly poignant. See photos below:
The Senior Agenda Coalition is an independent and diverse coalition of agency and individual members. Our mission is to mobilize people and implement an agenda that improves the quality of life of older Rhode Islanders. We accomplish this through community organizing, public education and legislative action.
Rhode Island's older adults have suffered disproportionately during these long months of the pandemic, and the Senior Agenda Coalition has spoken out forcefully about both the redistribution of Medicaid dollars and the retention of funding for community services that are so vital to their well being. Read the two Providence Journal op-ed articles below:
“Reimagining” Aging and Long-Term Care: Can we get beyond the rhetoric and get real?
Our Turn: Maureen Maigret and Bill Flynn:
Time to Reimagine Aging and Long-term Care Policy in R.I.
Providence Journal May 31, 2020
During the Great Recession state budget crisis, senior programs were slashed and took years to recover. Will we get it right this time?
Seniors at Risk in RI Budget Crisis
by William F. Flynn and Jack Reinholt
Providence Journal, November 7, 2020