Supervisor Cox knows that a civilized society can be judged by how well it treats its most vulnerable individuals. He has made protecting our senior citizens one of his top priorities. He has focused on fighting elder abuse since joining the Board of Supervisors and he continues to lead his colleagues on the Board in efforts to protect our seniors.
While most senior citizens experience the joy of occasionally babysitting grandkids and spoiling them rotten, there are many grandparents in our community who have a far more demanding responsibility -- raising their children’s children.
That’s why Supervisor Cox launched the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren initiative. The region wide initiative helps grandparents navigate a complex maze of health, education and social services, and educates them on unfamiliar dangers like synthetic drugs sold in convenience stores and sexual predators prowling social networking sites.
Keeping seniors active and energetic led Supervisor Cox to host the County’s Vital Aging Summit and Senior Summit. These conferences are wildly popular and attract hundreds of seniors. Attendees listen to keynote speakers, participate in activities, attend workshops and gain access to services, programs and community resources.
Many seniors in the region live in residential care facilities. Supervisor Cox has partnered with Supervisor Dianne Jacob to improve state and local oversight of these facilities and to initiate policies and programs to assist the elderly and victims of elder abuse. These efforts have earned recognition from advocacy groups and widespread media attention.
Elders abuse is a critical issue in our graying population and Supervisor Cox is determined to work with his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors to raise awareness and combat it.