By 2050, one fifth of the US population will be 65 years or older. As the aging population continues to rise, poverty, hunger, and the need for long term care are just some of the issues they increasingly face. Particularly in Silicon Valley, where the cost of living is quite high, the demand for resources for senior citizens continues to grow. However, one organization has an innovative program that provides assistance to older adults, helping to keep them living independently for longer.
Author: Mary Flynn
In this story we go to the agriculturally rich area of Watsonville — where more than 49 percent of children living there are obese or overweight.
As more people gained access to insurance and primary care under the Affordable Care Act this year, naturopathic doctors hoped that their role in medicine might become more mainstream as well.
Most workplaces (70 percent) do not have a formal policy or program to address violence, let alone domestic violence specifically, despite a survey indicating that 44 percent of adult employees reported personally experiencing the effects of domestic violence in their workplace.
About twenty young children sat on the brightly colored carpet as a man with long dreadlocks slid a large conga drum in front of him. It was “circle time” at Lotus Bloom’s Room to Bloom program, a drop-in parent-child playgroup in East Oakland.
Experts say that the first five years of a child’s life will greatly impact their educational, social and economic futures.
However, California’s children of color – particularly African American and Latino children – suffer significant gaps when it comes to those early opportunities such as access to preschool. This is the story of an Oakland-based program that works with parents and their children to close that gap.
Leon Rodriguez, a 3-year-old Latino boy, sat patiently in a small chair in the darkened room. Under a massive crop of fluffy, curly hair, he trained large dark eyes on the young man holding a small camera three feet in front of him.
California residents pay dearly to live in the Golden state. Nearly half of California residents experienced a “high housing cost burden” in 2012, which means that the cost of their housing — including mortgage, home insurance, utilities and property taxes for homeowners and rent and utilities for renters — consumed more than 30 percent of their income.
A weapon in the hands of someone with a history of violence or mental instability is dangerous for anyone, but particularly for victims of domestic violence.
On a single day in California, nearly 800 requests for emergency shelter went unmet, according to a 2012 domestic violence census. That was far too many left with no place to go for one team of software developers.