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Aging in place forum avoids political overtones

McClintock asked to not attend
By: Penne Usher Press Tribune Correspondent
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The National Aging in Place Council of Greater Sacramento held its inaugural event Saturday in Roseville to introduce themselves to the community — sans their keynote speaker.

Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Roseville, was scheduled to address attendees with a non-partisan public policy speech, however, plans changed when his challenger, Jack Uppal, asked to participate.

“We chose to eliminate any perception of political interest, particularly so close to the 2012 election,” said Steven Weaver, with the council. “We asked Congressman McClintock to not be a speaker at our event.”

Uppal, who is running against McClintock, was at Saturday’s event. He said when he learned that McClintock would be making an appearance and speaking to the group just days before the election, he wanted to participate as well.

“My take is when Tom heard I would speak he refused to come,” Uppal said.

Weaver said he did not want the morning event to become grounds for a political debate.

“McClintock and his people were graceful about our request,” Weaver said.

The event, held at the Club in Westpark, was to introduce the Aging in Place council and explain to attendees what the group is all about.

“We are a group of professionals that serve the older adult community,” Weaver said.

The idea is to allow older adults to “age in place,” meaning do whatever it takes to keep them in their own home as they age.

“We want to keep people in their home and avoid a care facility,” Weaver said.

This includes, but is not limited to, education, outreach, presentations, and various activities from experts, and referrals to members who have demonstrated a commitment to serving.

About a dozen individuals from around the area visited booths that provided educational material and joined the audience to hear Marty Omoto, executive director of California Disability Action Network discuss how to advocate at the legislative level.

“I found all the information to be helpful,” said Roseville resident Helen Green.