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End-Of-Life Decisions and Facts


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Meeting the needs of Patients - Post
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CA Senate Health Committee SB 24 hearing on April 3, 2019.


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The Star of Bethlehem shines brightly on the newborn child, Jesus.


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This child doesn’t need Government mandated Pre-K schooling. Young John is the grandchild of a very fine Pro Life Family.


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Four month and six month old human fetal skeletons, displayed At the Federal Civil War Medical and Military history Museum, in Silver Spring, MD. Display can be found in new more current segment of the museum’s historical displays.


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Mary Catherine was an abandoned new-born, found in Antioch and buried by Ca. Right to Life and Birthright of concord, at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette, Ca. along with 24 other pre-born babies.


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Come Holy Spirit, enlighten the minds and hearts of your people!
July 4th, 2018






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SENIOR CITIZENS, THE NEWEST COMMODITY.
March 25th 2008 @ 8:24 am

On January 20, 2006, the Contra Costa Times carried a commentary by Mary Moorhead entitled : “Industry zeros in on senior concerns.” The article starts off by saying “I recently discovered a new elders-oriented industry and its recently formed national association.” She said, further, that: “Everyone wants in on the graying of America.” She then proceeded to write about a non-profit that refers to itself as “move managers.” They manage the movement of senior citizens from their individual homes into senior living quarters.

I was reminded of this earlier article by one that appeared in the local Walnut Creek Journal weekly insert to the Times on March 20, 2008, entitled: Developer breaks ground on affordable senior housing project.” It reports on the beginning development of yet another public/private partnership City Council approved project targeting seniors. This will provide 33 one-bedroom apartments for people age 62 and older, earning under $29,350 or couples earning $33,500 or less per year. It is near a medical center and an already existing 80-unit seniors affordable housing apartment building. Both complexes were funded by H.U.D. and other government and private/nonprofit enterprises.

By the way, the words “earning” and “senior citizens” is very generalized. There is no definition provided to define earnings. Is this all the money they have to live on year to year? Is it income from part time employment, is it earnings on investments? The senior citizen so described might have other sources of income and few of the expenses of a young family especially if that citizen is currently living in a home that no longer has a mortgage and is protected by Prop 13. Some of these seniors will qualify for Affordable Housing meaning that the other residents of the complex along with some government entity will subsidize this housing. These are not welfare recipients necessarily.

Walnut Creek is only one city amongst hundreds across the country engaging in a whole new government/non-profit developed, owned and managed industry overseeing and organizing the lives of senior citizens. However, Walnut Creek seems to be a “role model” (read experiment) for this type of development.

From 2001 until 2004, 16 local community agencies using $4 million in funding from the Mt. Diablo/John Muir Community Health Fund and the Y. & H. Soda Foundation met, planned and developed a multi-phased program designed to “help older adults age in place…and, connect underserved, overlooked, and isolated seniors to supportive services and social and recreational opportunities.” (page 2 of Pathways to an aging-friendly community)

In October, 2004, Contra Costa County formalized its efforts by creating a public/private partnership (government agencies providing funding and directives to non-profit agencies) entitled Contra Costa for Every Generation-CCEG: Identifying Pathways to an Aging-friendly Community. As of today they have now achieved the status of a corporation funded by our tax dollars. They also have a 6 part strategic plan for implementation of their goals. www.foreverygeneration.org.

In 2006 I spent several months collecting data and interviewing members of this community development organization. At that time its members were eager to share their enthusiasm for coordinating services to the senior members of our county. Every city within Contra Costa County had at least one representative in attendance along with employees from BART, unions, county and city commissions, bus companies, school districts and many more.

All the while, through newspaper articles, citizens were being prepared to accept the idea that senior citizens couldn’t manage by themselves and would need the help of community agencies to meet their social, transportation, health and living arrangement needs. I’m sure you have all been aware of the multitude of articles claiming somewhat hysterically that the increasing number of baby boomers turning 65 were going to swamp local agencies which would have to gear up to meet the needs of this cohort? These articles always somehow failed to mention the benefits to the agencies of an in- flux of new funding with our taxes and expansion of areas of interest.

During this time the CCEG claims to have commissioned a survey of a certain segment of seniors designed to draw a picture of a cohort much in need of services that they could not supply for themselves. The information was then used to justify planning for all senior citizens and authorizing community agencies to develop plans and funding to service this segment of the county. The agencies involved range from religious, social, health, law, insurance, investments, ethnic, pre-school, transportation, non-profit and elected officials and community activist/lobbies just to name a few. Did I say preschool? Yes, and I’ll explain why later on.

The ideas and plans for re-grouping people into inclusionary neighborhoods http://www.nhc.org has been in the development stage for decades. Many people who have been following these developments point to the 1960’s and the Johnson Administration as the starting point for the social consciousness legislation one of which was the Older American’s Act, 1965. This Act created the Federal Administration on Aging - AoA. It, in turn created its counterpart in every state and territory. The purpose of this legislation was sold to the public as a way to assist senior citizens who were “at risk of losing their independence.” In 1992 the O.A.A. was amended to include disease prevention and health promotion under Title lll-D. The O.A.A. was re-authorized in 2006 further expanding its influence and authority.

In California State legislator Henry J. Mello, (D) Santa Cruz, legislator from 1976-96, is considered the father of health care and aging legislation becoming the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Aging. During his term in office he authored 120 bills focusing on senior issues.

In 1996 Former Democrat Senator Brett Granlund, “as a favor to Henry Mello” sponsored a bill that Mello designed and wrote, the Older Californians Act. It started out as an innocuous bill concerned about Alzheimer’s but was gutted to accommodate the change to the Older American Act. Mr. Granlund, currently a lobbyist in Sacramento, stated that he couldn’t remember the details of the bill since “I haven’t thought about it now for 9 years.”

Just imagine. Something that will eventually have an impact on every Californian was just an exercise in courtesy to an outgoing legislator and not thought of again.

This legislation led to creation of the Aging State Project and in 2001 with passage of SB 910, to something called the Healthy Aging Initiative. Please see http://www.ccoa.ca.gov/default.asp for a full description of the development of this cabinet level agency.

The initiative mandated a survey of citizens throughout the state. This survey was conducted over a four year period by the Public Policy Institute of California. Andrew Scharlach, Professor of Aging within the school of Social Welfare, U.C. Berkeley, appears to be the spokesman for the survey. It was he whom I saw on a CCTV program presenting the survey’s findings to a meeting of the Contra Costa for Every Generation organization. Though the CCEG leaders claim to have funded and conducted its own survey of senior citizens it is actually material taken from this survey that they used to develop their own so-called strategic plan. One should wonder if the results of the survey accurately reflect the statements of the people surveyed or if they were merely stepping stones to a broader, pre-envisioned conclusion?

AT this time cities and counties creating local programs for senior citizens is voluntary, but the question needs to be asked will it one day become mandatory for every city and county to manage its senior residents?

Now, why would there be child care and pre-school councils participating in this county strategic plan on aging? According to Professor Scharlach “we are all aging.” In other words, as Grace Calliendo of the Mt. Diablo/John Muir Community Health Fund stated to me, ”in order to have every citizen arrive at their senior years healthy and productive we must begin with the young people.”

One city employee whom I interviewed regarding housing needs - moving seniors into new neighborhoods - for the elderly put it very bluntly. She said that senior citizens are taking up too much space living in their long held single family homes. Young families need those houses in order for their children to attend the neighborhood schools.

Of course she failed to mention that by moving the older residents out of their homes and selling them to young families the homes lose their Prop 13 protection and the cities and county realize more taxes.

Another advantage to grouping senior residences together is one of cost savings to the agencies serving this older population. If everybody is in essentially the same neighborhood the agency worker/volunteer can supervise more people at one time for less cost.

Transportation agencies figure that they will realize a greater carrying capacity when seniors are separated from their cars making them dependent upon public transportation.

Seniors will be helped to remain socially active and involved through agencies that will prepare events and gatherings for them. Seniors will be encouraged to volunteer in these agencies and, maybe some will be employable part time. Agencies gain the service, without pay, of experienced volunteers and they don’t have to employ young people with greater needs for larger incomes. People will be appreciative of the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents because they wouldn’t want to appear selfish and unproductive. Similarly high school students are being pushed into volunteering their services to area agencies. There is even a legislative debate about providing students with school credits for volunteering which will be added into their graduation credits. I’m sure that there will be incentives presented to senior citizens making it unbeneficial not to cooperate. Consider what might occur with universal, government controlled health care? Can you say Utilitarian Ethic?

It isn’t just senior citizens who are being targeted for services. Consider the following all of which has been approved through legislation on either the federal or state level or both:

1. Agencies are created or authorized to provide services to new-borns and their mothers through “Welcome Home, baby” programs. Presumably new mothers need coaching in the proper think tank prescribed methods of raising their children.

2. Legislation is authored to develop early pre-schools, ages 1-3, because children need to be placed in government controlled learning programs and aren’t being sufficiently prepared for Kindergarten by their parents. These tiny tots will be failures by the 5th grade if they aren’t properly taught by age 5.

3. After school programs are created because kids aren’t being supervised properly at home and parents aren’t providing enough socialization of their students, esp. home-schooled children. This is the time that many of the non-profits have access to your child.

4. Planned Parenthood offers all sort of counseling and advice to teens and pre-teens because parents don’t instruct their children in the intricacies of relationships.

5. Legislation authorizing extension of government care and counseling for foster children who have reached age 18 and no longer come under the government governance.

6. School to Work Programs and school academies providing training for employment after high school graduation because students aren’t prepared sufficiently to enter the labor force.

7. School health clinics because parents aren’t providing proper attention to their children’s health or obesity/nutrition dangers. Legislation is offered funding school breakfasts and lunches and, in some cases dinners for students

Well, you get the idea.

People are no longer considered capable of managing their own lives. But, even more ominous than that is the move by government entities to hand over their mandates to protect citizens rights to non-profit private agencies to supervise every segment of human life and endeavors. (Castan Centre for Human Rights Law: Human Rights and the Shrinking State; the New Footprint of State Responsibility, by David Kinley).

-Camille
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