Last Friday there was a brief news story about the governor maybe coming to Bethel. An even briefer notice on the radio today (but not in the news) said there would be a call-in program with the Governor on Thursday, January 10, 2008 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM [deadline]
Call early as I’m sure there will be a number of people trying to get in.
local numbers for Bethel 543-KYUK (543-5985) and state-wide 1-800-478-5985 (double-check this)
Questions to ask–
- why did elders not get their flu shots until the week before Thanksgiving? Older people are on the priority list. The state had vaccine available from mid-September.
- why was all that huge state block grant money spent on reducing the size of the workshop at the senior center, a partial rain shelter for the bus, siding, but no accessible toilets and no way for anyone with a walker or wheelchair to get from the parking lot to the door?
- why is the nearest nursing home or assisted living home 500 miles away? why must we continue to have elders die unattended (for hours sometimes) at these places?
- why is there only one intake screener for the elder abuse “hot” line?
- why don’t state grants for senior services require an active, effective, local senior advisory board at the recipent?
- why aren’t elders involved in emergency, pandemic, and disaster preparedness, including emergency shelters? (that’s because there is no emergency shelter in Bethel)
- what are the state’s plans for community relocation (environmental change) and how are elders involved?
- why are there no housing standards so elders don’t have to spend their limited income on extra heating fuel?
- why are there public water supplies with water so discolored and distasteful that elders spend their limted income on bottled water?
What’s your question to ask?