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Deede Weithorn


Oct. 26th Letter To The Editor

To The Editor,
While campaigning I have knocked on hundreds of doors and called an equal number of people.  What I have discovered is that once again Miami Beach has a growing senior citizen community.  Many empty-nesters are staying in their large homes or condos because they have to preserve their low property taxes.  Many of these people are in their 80s and 90s.  What concerns me is who is looking after this aging population.

During the 70's many of our seniors lived in aging hotels and apartment buildings in South Beach.  Those hotels and apartments had their own social networks that looked after their needs.  This newer group of seniors are more middle-class and are less likely to appear on the radar screen of these senior service agnecies.  They don't know this new class of seniors exists.  That does not mean that they do not have needs.

For example, my parents, who are in their 70's, have lived in their Normandy Shores house for over 40 years. Fortunately my sister and I live close by.  However many of this new class of senior's do not have children that live in the community.

We need to develop a Neighborhood Senior Watch.  This could be coordinated with the various Homeowners Associations.  Neighbors need to call on these seniors to see if they are alright or need anything, particularly in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.  It's a simple system that we need to implement. 

It does take a village to take care of our parents.

Deede Weithorn
Candidate Miami Beach City Commission
Group VI