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Dealing with Loneliness helps Seniors Stay Independent and at Home

Benina Sanchez

Benina Sanchez

Benina Sanchez had to learn how to live on her own after her husband passed away a couple of years ago. She has leaned many new skills, but the hardest part of this new normal was dealing with the loneliness.

Recent studies show that isolation/loneliness among adults 50+ and older, is a growing epidemic and puts them 59% more likely to experience a decline in their ability to perform their daily activities. (National Institute on Aging Health & Retirement Study in the Archives of Internal Medicine).

Pathways Volunteer Coordinator, Meg Fisch, was contacted by a concerned family member and went out to meet with Benina. She observed that Benina was very upset, cried a lot and felt very isolated. She had a scooter to help her get around but didn’t have a ramp that allowed access for the scooter. Meg was able to call in a trusted volunteer to install a new ramp for her. This enabled Benina to gain access in and out of her house with complete freedom.

Benina was also provided a volunteer who meets weekly with her to chat, run errands and occasionally take her out for a bite to eat. Benina say “My volunteers are my angels! I just don’t know what I would do without them!”

When Benina’s volunteer brought her to a recent Pathways event, the change in her was remarkable. She was dressed up, smiling and engaged in conversation…a complete contrast to how she was observed just a few short months ago. As we celebrate our nations Independence, Pathways also celebrates the Independence of Seniors who are helped through their programs and services.

Pathways is a local non-profit organization committed to providing compassionate care to those living with illness and loss. If you would like more information on their services or on how to become a volunteer, please go to their website at or you can contact them directly at 562/531-3031.



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Cerritos overnight permit parking permits, does not Aid to allowing grandkids and relatives to spend over nights, or caretakers to spend overnight visits. Overnight parking permit is just ridiculous. Then if more then 30 days passes, in a year, with grandkids staying over night, over 11 months, grandkids can not spend the night w/ grandparents. Sucks big time. In addition, my late husband was not able to have the vanpool parked in the driveway, he had to park it at the local shopping center, and the vanpool was stolen and never returned. I can think Cerritos overnight parking permit crap.… Read more »

Cerritos will not allowed Property Owners to put window air conditioners on to their house.

Many seniors cannot afford to run central air conditioning, and more economical way too cool one- two rooms is via portable /temporary room air conditioner. Many seniors are empty-nesters, have borrowed on reverse mortgages, don’t have the luxury of a huge electric bill in order to satisfy the city of Cerritos w/ central air conditioning and heating. Lets face it, HVAC monthly bills can reach $250-$500 per month, for aver. 2000 Sq Ft home.

Jim Edwards Saga
PATHWAYS AND JIMMY EDWARDS. Don’t put much faith in to Jim Edwards. He has been a lousy council person and a chamber of commerce leader. He first lied to the residences on a Shoemaker Wall Group, he and STAFFER Hal Arborcast, both promised they were going to make repairs along Shoemaker in order to bring it to standards. Over five years has passed, Jim Edwards has done nothing, Hal Arborcast has retired . Hal got his $180,000 yr. retirement plus medical insurance to the Grave. Also Jim Edwards and his wife, both have medical insurance to the Grave. Second Jim… Read more »
Gray n White
Cerritos residents are being pushed out of the city of Cerritos. Staples for the past 60 years have left the city, only have one staple left, Sears store. All of the restaurants/ grocery stores, have converted to Chinese restaurants….the American staple restaurants have left relocated to Lakewood. Cerritos has made it very uncomfortable landscape by the property preservation Commissioner, many senior residents do not have the funds to keep up with the property preservation Commission protocol. In addition, Cerritos /La Palma have both jacked up the water rates, making a very expensive to maintain their properties. Yesteryears, many seniors enjoyed… Read more »
Cerritos Resident
The city council makes a lot of stupid financial decisions wasting millions of tax payer dollars every year. Their involvement with Pathways; however, is smart and humane financial decision. Maybe, if the city council didn’t waste millions on a Library, Performing Arts Center, Power Plant, and now Museum they could give more to our at need seniors. Jim Edwards has been/is on the Board of Directors for Pathways. While that is a good thing, maybe, Mr. Edwards could give some of his cheeseburger money and travel money form the city to allow Pathways and other non-profits to help more of… Read more »