Aging in EDC - Ranalli Walks the Walk!
Like it or not, El Dorado County is about to experience an unprecedented age wave, with 48 percent of the county currently 50 years old or older.
A couple of candidates in the hotly contested District 4 supervisor race have attended our Commission on Aging meetings in recent months, but only one has actually contributed.
Mike Ranalli listened then offered his own thoughts on aging in El Dorado County, along with some valuable and objective information about the General Plan and the proposed land use updates might affect seniors.
He spent a couple of hours earlier this year touring the Placerville Senior Center, talking to staff and educating himself about the services currently provided. He dined with the seniors and learned from staff about the home-delivered meals that many homebound seniors depend on.
During the tour, we discussed the economics of the county’s current age wave, how senior dollars from Social Security, dividends, pensions and business interests get spent locally. Mike understands that an older population pays school taxes, makes donations of time and money, typically doesn’t need or want fulltime employment and actually creates jobs in services and health care.
In national surveys, most adults say they want to “age in place,” in their homes and communities. Locally, the response is even stronger. We want local housing, transportation and services that work for us as we get older.
Despite our large-and-growing senior population, El Dorado County falls short on all three fronts.
Mike Ranalli agrees that El Dorado County is a wonderful place to live and retire. He wants it to be “age friendly” now and in the future.
This is a leader who has demonstrated the ability to listen to his potential constituents, educate himself on complex policy matters and make informed decisions. He has our votes.
VICKI LUDWIG AND MIKE ROBERTS