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Senior Community
As a physician I am acutely aware of both the contributions seniors make to our community and the needs that allow them to remain active and engaged members of our community. According to the Census Bureau 16.7% of Petaluma residents are over the age of 65 and another 14% are between the ages of 55 to 64. As a group they make significant contributions to our community: they shop and pay taxes; they make up a significant percentage of our community volunteers; they serve as caregivers to both family members and friends; and, they provide childcare to the youngest generation. It is also critical to remember that because of the threat to their health posed by COVID-19, seniors face an added burden of psychological stress and isolation. 
As a member of the City Council, I will not let seniors be an afterthought in conversations of how city government serves our community. I will promote the following policy agenda:
  • Insist that Petaluma follow public health guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19
  • Affordable housing, so seniors can afford to remain in Petaluma
  • A public transportation system that allows seniors to access recreation opportunities, shopping and services
  • Sufficient services to ensure that seniors do not become isolated or go hungry
  • Access to healthcare
  • Access to caregivers and support for seniors who are serving as caregivers
  • Services that meet the needs of seniors of color and LGBTQI seniors
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