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Page 2 Special People August 19, 1982 UNEMPLOYMENT: Seniors stand to lose jobs As many as 45,000 senior citizens throughout the United States may join the list of those out of work if funding for the Senior Com- munity Service Employment Program is not renewed. That was the message given out recently by Dick Walton, job developer with the Spokane County Senior Employment Program, which is headquartered in the Spokane YMCA Building. Walton, who was attending an information table during the All-Senior Picnic at Spo- kane's Riverfront Park, said almost 40 Spokane-area seniors would be affected if the program is cut from the Federal budget. Currently, the Federal government is paying the part-time salaries of quali- fying seniors, all of whom work for non-profit organiza- tions. The purpose of the program, according to Walton, is to help the elderly sharpen skills or acquire new skills that will enable them to find permanent employment in later life. The program is open to those who are age 55 or older. Walton explained that it is extremely beneficial to those who may have left the work- force for many years to raise their families and who suddenly find themselves alone with much time on their .......... / 32 /., BLDG. ----Y. , 627A,::,:: , Dick Walton hands and perhaps little out- side work experience. "We have a constant turn- over of people in the pro- gram," said Walton, noting persons are placed in the work field throughout the county. He added that they even help to place those elderly who are seeking jobs, but who may not qualify for the special government employment program. "One of the biggest things we have to fight is age dis- crimination," said Walton, saying there are many as the theme on a new U.S. stamp. Other reports indicate that the elderly often have much valuable information to share with their younger workers and are respected by their younger fellow employees. "There's nothing wrong with being young, but a younger person does have more on his mind," said Walton, noting that older employees are less worried about what they will be doing after work and on weekends. Business persons wishing to find out more about the Senior Employment Pro- gram can call Watson or Director Michael White at 624-4232. Seniors and others wanting to help promote the program and its future are urged to contact their repre- sentatives in Washington, D.C. The Senior Employment Program is part of the Older Americans Act of 1965. "myths" about employment of the elderly. According to a recent release from the U.S. Depart- ment of Health and Human Services, it is a "myth" that older workers are more of a burden than an asset. "Evidence is that most older workers often are more reliable, less often absent, more responsible in job atti- tude and more careful and precise in carrying out their work assignments," said a document called "Aging To- gether", which also appears Legislative interns sought in Olympia Senior citizens interested in serving as legislative interns should apply to the Spokane Area Agency on Aging. Each of the state's 13 AAAs will recommend three senior citizens to the House of Rep- resentatives. A legislative committee will select one senior citizen from each Area Agency to serve in the pro- gram during the length of the 1983 Regular Session (105 days). The senior citizen legisla- tive intern program was ini- tiated in January 1982. It is modeled after the student legislative intern program which permits the legislature to hire a number of college students as interns to assist legislators and committees with research and prepara- tion of legislation. Like the student interns, the senior citizen interns are assigned to one or more legis- lators and committees. Assignments include some clerical work and constituent contact as well as research and committee work, averag- ing 40 hours a week. Senior citizen interns are paid a weekly stipend of $100. The Bureau of Aging and Adult Services, Department of Social and Health Services, will provide a list of available housing in Olympia. 809 1st, Cheney - 235-4420 Senior Citizen Complimentary Discount Card Pick up your card now at the WILLOW SPRINGS STATION Valid until December 1983 InmIIIIIIIII COUPON IIiIIIIIIIIIIiI I I BE OUR GUEST i SPEC,A, i i SENIOR CITIZEN i I DISCOUNT i i i I Any Regular Price Item on Menu I | I OFFER GOOD THRU AUGUST 31, 1982 I IIIIIIIIIIIIICOUNjlII , _.- i_ Owl Pharmacy MEDICAL LAKE 299-5113 CHENEY 235-8441 SPOKANE NUMBER 838-5578 OPEN 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MON.-SA T. Senior Citizens, We Are Happy to Have the Opportunity to Serve You. liIIIIIiiIIl CUPONI I IIIIIIIII [] CHENEY MEDICAL LAKE i owl PHARLACY ! i = 10% OFFw,t00o,.008 ON ALl. COSMETICS & JEWELRY ITEMS & I , I Non.PrescnptWn Drugs COUPON GOOD THROUGH THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 1982 [] senior citizens only [] [] V.I.e 1/20 of 1 cent [] LIIIHIIIH COUPONIIIIIIIIIIIi