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Seniors Often Forgotten During The Holidays

— There are a number of public and private efforts that give gifts and other holiday treats to needy children. But low-income seniors are often a forgotten demographic.

Aired 12/27/12 on KPBS News.

The Christmas holidays can be an especially rough time for the elderly who are in poor health and live alone.

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Seniors at St. Paul's PACE program in San Diego.

This time of year can be tough on low-income seniors who live alone, especially those who are in poor health.

San Diego's St. Paul's PACE program offers a variety of services to 300 frail seniors that enable them to live at home. St. Paul's Amanda Gois believes everyone can reach out to the elderly.

"If there is a senior in your neighborhood, at church, even someone that you see at the grocery store that you're concerned about, speak up, offer your help," Gois said. "You know, a small gift, or even just a visit, means so much to them at this time of the year."

The non-profit PACE program is funded by Medi-Cal and Medicare. It's a low-cost alternative to skilled nursing facilities.

It's the only program of its kind in San Diego County.

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