Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Website listing elderly/disabled programs and services launched


County of Los Angeles

Community and Senior Services

Office of Communications


3175 W. 6th Street, Suite 302 – Los Angeles, CA 90020







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          

May 12, 2009


CONTACT:  Patricia Senette-Holt                                             

                   (213) 738-2065








Adult Care Network


Los Angeles County—The County and City of Los Angeles Area Agencies on Aging will launch the Adult Care Network website: www.losangeles.networkofcare.org/aging at public libraries in May to coincide with Older Americans Month, announced Cynthia D. Banks, Director, Community and Senior Services.  “This is truly a ‘one-stop’ virtual resource center that contains information about services and programs for the elderly and disabled in Los Angeles County,” said Banks.


Margaret Donnellan Todd, County Librarian, said, “To facilitate easy access, the Adult Care Network website address printed on bookmarkers will be distributed at resource desks.  The website is being launched at our local Los Angeles City and County neighborhood libraries because this is where people go to find information,” she added.


“The Los Angeles Public Library is pleased to make this valuable resource available through our Web site, www.lapl.org,” said Los Angeles Interim City Librarian Kris Morita. “People can access the Adult Care Network through our 2,300 computers and free Wi-Fi service at our 72 libraries or from their own personal computers at home, school, or work,” she added.


A collaborative of the Los Angeles City Department of Aging and Community and Senior Services/Area Agency on Aging, the Adult Care Network virtual resource center is one step closer to providing ‘seamless senior services,’ another project underway in the County of Los Angeles to make finding services for seniors more efficient.


 “We are receiving more and more calls from out-of-state caregivers.  This website is a perfect tool to assist out-of-state caregivers in planning care for their parents who live in Los Angeles County.  For example family members can help elderly parents, aunts and uncles find housing, assisted-living facilities, in-home care and other essentials to improve their loved ones quality of life,” said Banks.


Laura Trejo, General Manager, Los Angeles City Department of Aging said, “We are hopeful that by getting the word out about the new virtual resource center website at the public libraries, more of our services will be utilized.”


Educational information on matters such as diseases, medications and treatments, care management issues, prevention, early intervention, planning, consumer advocacy and protection and the ability to keep a record of personal and medical information on-line are also features of the site. 


For more information about the Adult Care Network virtual resource center website, contact Sylvia Zuniga at (213) 351-5055.


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