February 5, 2019
We Stand With Seniors and Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care Host Film Screening and Policy Discussion on Aging in California
February 5 Capitol Film Premiere and Expert Panel Discussion Presented to California Leadership and Lawmakers; Hosted by Aging Advocacy Groups, Nonprofits and Legislative Caucuses
(SACRAMENTO) – We Stand With Seniors and the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, in partnership with West Health, The SCAN Foundation, Archstone Foundation, Sutter Health, UDW Home Care Union and AARP California, will host Lives Well Lived: A Capitol Screening and Policy Discussion on Aging in California on February 5, 2019 at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. Co-hosted by Alzheimer’s Association, California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, California Commission on Aging, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, LeadingAge California and Openhouse, the film screening and accompanying panel discussion will highlight the value of California’s older adults and the need for a state Master Plan for Aging.
“ʽLives Well Lived’ is a tribute to seniors who are defying the many negative stereotypes associated with growing older by living vibrant, productive lives and serving as inspirational role models for all of us to emulate,” said Shelley Lyford, president and CEO of West Health. “Californians deserve the kind of transformational policy changes from our leadership in Sacramento and a comprehensive plan that will enable every adult to successfully age with dignity, quality of life and independence.”
Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit & Wisdom of Age – a critically-acclaimed documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible lives of adults, ages 75 to 100, who are living their lives to the fullest – will be presented via a screening for Governor Gavin Newsom and his appointees, constitutional officers, legislators, aging advocates and the media.
“This film is a powerful statement for empowering our state’s older adults, families and caregivers – as well as marginalized communities,” said Bruce Chernof, MD, FACP, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation. “Through a statewide, comprehensive Master Plan for Aging, California has an extraordinary opportunity to lead the nation in providing its aging population cost-effective, high-quality health and supportive services.”
Moderated by State Treasurer Fiona Ma, the panel discussion will focus on how a Master Plan for Aging in California will help address and solve the myriad challenges currently faced by the state’s diverse and rapidly aging population. Panelists include Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee; Shelley Lyford, West Health; Bruce Chernof, MD, FACP, The SCAN Foundation and Zach Gassoumis, PhD, University of Southern California’s (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.
Other speakers include Sky Bergman, Director of Lives Well Lived, Assemblymember Ash Kalra and Nina Weiler-Harwell, AARP California. For more information on partners and co-hosts, as well as tickets to Lives Well Lived: A Capitol Screening and Policy Discussion on Aging in California, visit www.WeStandWithSeniors.org/Lives-Well-Lived.
About We Stand With Seniors
West Health and The SCAN Foundation’s We Stand With Seniors… Will You? nonpartisan, public awareness and education campaign focuses on the specific challenges seniors and their families face in accessing high-quality, affordable healthcare, dental care and supportive services and the cost to the state if these challenges are not addressed. Keep up with #StandWithSeniors by visiting www.WeStandWithSeniors.org and following on Facebook @WeStandWithSeniors and Twitter @WeStandWSeniors.
About Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit & Wisdom of Age
The documentary film by Sky Bergman includes heartfelt interviews with forty older adults, encompassing over 3,000 years of life experience, who share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories entertain and inspire, while reminding us that older adults are, and should be, a valued part of our society. Watch the trailer at www.Lives-Well-Lived.com.