Commission wants to fill vacant seats, open lines of communication with seniors

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The Winters Senior Commission on Aging returned to its first in-person meeting since its last in-person meeting in early 2020.

While the Senior Commissioners have been meeting via Zoom, those in the room made comments about how nice it was to discuss things in person, as well as meet the newest Senior Commissioner Karen Croley.

The Senior Commission continues to have the challenge of keeping regular, seated commissioners. Senior Commissioner and Secretary Karen Conerly resigned from her seat on Sept. 28.

There are currently five Senior Commissioners on the seven-seat commission.

The two vacant seats have terms that expire in June 2023.

Communication
Senior commissioners discussed different ways of communicating with older adults in Winters, as well as identifying the most effective means of communication. While many have turned to social media, Commissioner Tina Lowden noted that most older adults turn to the newspaper and a direct telephone call. Communicating messages and information with older adults at in-person events was also an effective form of communication.

Commissioners also discussed ways to better communicate with the city’s Spanish-speaking community to share news and information about resources. They are hoping to make connections with someone who can attend meetings and share updates with them.

The Senior Commission translated its Senior Resource Guide into Spanish. The resource guide was published and distributed in both English and Spanish. A digital version of the resource guide is hosted online on the City of Winters website. They would like to continue providing communications in Spanish as often as possible.

Next meeting
Senior commissioners plan to approve a new secretary at the next meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Large Conference Room (Abbey Street entrance).

Commissioners will also decide whether or not to change the meeting time. Senior commission meetings are currently scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. There was discussion about having them begin around 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. like other city meetings.

One concern brought up with later meetings is during months when daylight savings is not observed (November through March), it gets dark earlier. Other concerns included whether older adults felt safe driving in the dark and that the earlier meetings cut into dinnertime.

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