Dozens of Local Seniors Received Timely Information at the 2nd Annual Savvy Seniors Summit


Last Saturday dozens of local seniors attended the 2nd Annual Savvy Senior Summit 2017, hosted by Legacy Senior Services and Inland Valley News. The theme for this year’s event was Live Your Best Life Now!  

Attendees enjoyed a sumptuous Continental Breakfast, followed by four Workshop Panels with an informative question and answer period covering Facilitating Senior Living Plans, Health Care Directives, Final Arrangements, Independent Living Options, Financial Dignity, Continued Life Quality Activities and more.

Gina Johnson Smith, a Communications Specialist and Founder of SPMG Media, served as program Mistress of Ceremonies.

Presenters included: 

Harriet Brooks, Foothill Transit – Discussed Free Bus Transportation for Individuals and Churches

Kelly Erving, Department of Public, Social Services – Discussed changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program that helps low-income seniors buy the food they need and the need to advocate for changes.

The Gaines Healing Hands Homecare – Sharing information on in-home care resources and Personal Care Assistants.

Extra Hand In-Home Care – Sharing information on their non-medical in-home care resources.

DID YOU KNOW….In-Home care services are NOT just for seniors, but for anyone that is disabled or in need of assistance. 

Dranette Smith, Health Consultant – Discussed the upcoming Medicare Enrollment, changes to the program, the current political climate and how it will impact healthcare and the Medicare choices – Part A, B, C and D – how it works and the importance of customizing your choices to your specific needs.

Janet Roy, Pomona Valley Memorial Park – Discussing End of Life Pre-Needs services, the importance of having the discussion with family members, ‘having a plan’ and understanding the ‘49 things you must do on the most difficult day of your life.’. 

Brian McKay, McKay’s Mortuaries – Discussing mortuary services and Pre-Paid Planning and how it will save you money, emotions and time at the time of need.

The event continued with the presentation of the 2017 Savvy Senior Awards.

This year’s Savvy Seniors Awards, honored outstanding seniors who are setting a positive example for living one’s best life — while making a positive difference in the communities in which they live, work and do business.

Honorees included:

Dr. Margaret Hill, author and Board Member San Bernardino City Unified School District

Mother Evelyn Wilson, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Pomona CA

Ray Dennis, Founder and Director Urban Ballroom Conservatory

Dwan Smith Fortier, Award-winning Actress, Entrepreneur and Philantropist

Thank you to local officials  who provided Certificate of Recognition for our Seniors:

County of San Bernardino CA, Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Second District

San Bernardino City Unified School District Board

City of Upland, Mayor Debbie Stone and Councilmembers

County of Los Angeles, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District

Assemblymember Chris Holden, 41st Assembly District

For more information on Legacy Senior Services and participating in the next event scheduled for March 2018, contact Nina Erving., PO Box, 903, LaVerne, CA 91750.  951-317-3543.




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