Silver Sands

Diane Schoenfeld is a weekly visitor at the Chaparral House nursing home in Berkeley. She comes every Friday to spend time with her aunt, Lillie Manger. “Hi Aunt Lill!” she says, squatting down next to her aunt’s wheelchair, meeting her at eye level. Manger is 97. She has straight white hair pulled back in a neat bun today. It’s tied with a green scarf, an homage to the dancer she used to be.

Aging and disability advocates celebrate Older Americans Month today as Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduce The Supplemental Security Restoration Act of 2015 into both houses of Congress.

In May, we recognize Older Americans Month to acknowledge older Americans and their contributions to the nation. More than 40 million people in the United States are 65 or older. By 2035, the U.S. Census Bureau projects this number will double, which makes improving the quality of life for older Americans even more important as we look to the future. It is Social Security’s priority to provide a safety net for older Americans. You can learn more about Social Security at

On Monday, May 4, 2015, Mayor Tomas Regalado along with the City of Miami District 5 Office, and the Urban League walked the area around Liberty Square for over four hours to obtain first hand insight about the needs of the residents and business people in the area. Mayor Regalado spoke with area residents and addressed several concerns presented to him. "It makes no sense in creating a new Liberty Square Housing Complex without including the 15th Avenue Business Corridor and the adjacent area," stated Mayor Regalado.