President's Report

So Much to be Grateful For!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We on the SRCA Board want to say that we are grateful for having a great community, excellent neighbors, and warm friends to make living here really special. It is certainly much better here and now than when the Pilgrims first celebrated Thanksgiving!

Kaiser Update

Kaiser Permanente is proposing a specialty hospital and support medical offices at the Alliant International University campus. About 100 residents came to the October Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) meeting to hear from Kaiser about its proposal and why Alliant is selling its campus.

The due diligence period for Kaiser is expected to end in mid-December. Residents who are in favor or in opposition to the hospital are encouraged to attend the December SRPG meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to me at [[email protected]]. Also, see the SRPG report on page 21.

Keeping Our Kids Safe

Suicide is tragic, especially when kids feel like it is their only option. We think it is a great proactive effort that Marshall Middle School is putting together a suicide prevention program for February of next year. Page 27 has details. The Suicide Hotline number is 1-800-479-3339, and you can find it posted on the SRCA website at [].

Spotlighting Volunteers

Our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch features Bev Cassity! She is a great community volunteer who has worked furiously for Scripps Ranch for years. Bev puts everything she has into every event and is a warm and caring person who loves Scripps Ranch. Take a look at page 41 for her story.

Our "Eyes and Ears"

Thank you to Gene and Kathleen Dixon for reporting a downed tree branch in our open space that was blocking a sidewalk. We appreciate having "eyes and ears" in the community to spot problems so we can find quick solutions. If you see anything that needs addressing, let me know at [[email protected]].

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Newsletter Notes

2012 Submission Deadlines

The SRCA Newsletter appreciates all those who send in articles and pictures each month, and we welcome information from the community. Please make note of the 2012 submission deadline dates below. The dates also are listed each month in the calendar on page 4. To submit an article, please send it to us at [[email protected]].

The advertising deadline is the 10th of each month for the following month.

Scripps Ranch Elder Care Alliance

Service and Support for Independent Lifestyles

397-5747 []

SRECA Membership Makes a Great Gift!

The holidays are fast approaching and it is not too soon to start thinking about gift ideas. Don't know what to get your senior parents or friends? Why not give the gift of a one-year SRECA membership? For $100, your loved ones can receive greater peace of mind and service and support for independent lifestyles. There are several ways to purchase the membership. You may call 397-5747, email [[email protected]], or visit our website at [] to join using your credit card or PayPal account.

Also, join yourself now! Membership applications have been mailed to current SRECA members. Others may request a membership application packet by using the contact information above.

Breakfast with Santa in SR

Treat your children to a new Scripps Ranch holiday tradition: breakfast with Santa. This festive family event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 am to noon at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. Festivities include a breakfast served by Santa's elves, visit with Santa Claus, holiday music, and crafts. The cost is $15 per person or $75 per family. Order your tickets now, as space is limited. Email [[email protected]] or call 397-5747. All proceeds benefit the SRECA.

Aging Successfully in SR

Our lecture series continues on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 10 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. This month's program is "Technology and Aging," by Dr. Richard Della Penna. Dr. Della Penna is a geriatrician and the chief medical officer of Independa, Inc., a San Diego based company with the mission to support remote caregivers and their care receivers to age comfortably and safely at home using technology.

Dr. Della Penna retired from Kaiser Permanente in 2009 after 32 years. He held multiple leadership positions at Kaiser, including physician in charge of continuing care services in San Diego, elder care coordinator for the Southern California region, and national clinical leader for elder and palliative care. He has written about the care of older adults with dementia, frailty, advanced illness, long-term needs, and depression.

Memory Screening

National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) is Tuesday, Nov. 15. It is an annual initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) that emphasizes the importance of proper detection and treatment of memory problems and educates the public about successful aging and resources.

  • AFA's NMSD provides free, confidential memory screenings to those concerned about memory problems or who want to check their memory now and for future comparisons. We'll hold the screenings on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the SRCA Community Center from 9 am until noon.
  • Qualified health care professionals administer the face-to-face screening, which takes 5-10 minutes, and consists of questions or tasks designed to test memory, language, and other intellectual functions.
  • A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified health care professional. However, it is an important first step toward finding out the cause of memory problems. Individuals with who still have concerns should follow up with a qualified health care professional.

Village to Village Webinar

Kathy Randall and Kaye Coates presented a national webinar entitled Senior Emergency Preparedness, The Scripps Ranch Model for other villages across the country. It was based on the successful Senior Preparedness presentations by RB United and Scripps Ranch. Assisting in the project were Ilene Greenspan, Marla Cruz, and Valerie Brown.

Teen Volunteers Available to Help over the Holidays

The SRECA Teen Volunteer Program has more than 30 volunteers awaiting volunteer work. The teens will be available in December to spread holiday cheer. Holiday decorating, house and yard lighting, gift wrapping, addressing holiday cards, and holiday shopping deliveries will be the provided services. For safety reasons, teens will not be able to use ladders or select types of equipment. For help, contact the SRECA at [[email protected]] or 397-5747.

Kathy Randall, LCSW, SRECA Executive Director