Council on Aging - SoCal

To best serve adult students of all ages and backgrounds, HBAS collaborates with a variety of community organizations. It's time to shine a spotlight on one amazing partner: the Council on Aging – Southern California.  

Deborah Quintana, HBAS Partner Outreach Coordinator, connected with the Council on Aging while searching for resources to support elderly students. She recently met with Christine Tran-Le, the Council's Outreach Coordinator, to learn more about how they serve our community.  

The Council on Aging-Southern California is a private nonprofit organization that operates from 93 locations across Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono counties. Established in 1973, their mission is "to promote the independence, health, and dignity of older adults through compassion, education, and advocacy." 

The Council provides a wide range of programs and services—completely free for older adults and their families: 

  • Medicare Counseling/Advocacy through the HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy) Program 
  • Advocacy for individuals in assisted living/skilled nursing facilities/ boarding care through the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program 
  • Advocacy for dealing with scams and frauds through Senior Protection Program/FAST (Financial Abuse Specialist Team) 
  • Early intervention and connections to community resources through the ReConnect EISOA Program 
  • Friendly visitations through the Friendly Visitor Program. 

We love how the Council not only helps senior citizens, but empowers them to thrive and build community. In addition to the programs described above, the Council also gives senior citizens an opportunity to connect with other seniors through volunteer work or group activities.  

HBAS is thrilled to offer our students resources that would have been difficult to acquire otherwise. We appreciate the innovative ways the Council on Aging supports our students and the entire SoCal community.  

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