Credits and Kudos

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Mutual 1 resident Lisa Dickson is grateful to her friends and neighbors for sending flowers, a Mass card and sympathy cards to lift her spirits following the death of her sister Genevieve.

Letter to the Editor


The hired tree trimmer might do a good job in Leisure World, but who gave them permission to take my tree ornaments?

On Friday, Jan. 24, between 9-10 a.m., there was tree trimming in front of my apartment and four ornaments were missing.

Ilse H. Stresemann

Mutual 2

Outside the all Column

by Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15

Legislative Advocate Emeritus/ OC Ombudsman

According to the California Commission on Aging, as of February, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will no longer offer Social Security number (SSN) printouts and benefit verification information in their field offices. However to ensure a smooth transition, they will continue providing these services if requested until April.

As a result of the changes, SSA beneficiaries and recipients who need a benefit verification letter can obtain one immediately by registering for a “my Social Security account,” or through the mail within 5-7 days by calling SSA’s national toll-free number, (800) 772-1213. The SSA advised that the public should use “my Social Security” at http”// account/

 With the transition, SSA believes the new technology will provide more convenient, cost-effective, and secure options for customers to obtain certain services without having to visit a local office.


During a recent regional meeting of the Council on Aging-OC (COA-OC) the following programs were discussed that may be of interest to Leisure World shareholders:

• The Friendly Visitors Program-Caring Connections Support And Friendship For Isolated Adults offers a supportive, safe social structure of pre-screened, trained volunteers who provide weekly home and telephone interactions.

• The ReConnect Socialization Services program empowers Orange County adults to sustain active and healthy lives. The goal is to help emotional well-being by reinforcing healthy life patterns incorporating meaningful activities in their lives.

For eligibility and more information, call COA-OC at (714) 352-8820.


The COA-OC will offer fall training classes for long-term care ombudsmen from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., on March 11-13, and 18-20 at the OC office, 1971 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana.

An orientation meeting is Feb.12, from 9:30-11 a.m at the same location. Register by calling Patricia Johnson at (714) 479-0107, ext. 216.

Volunteer ombudsmen serve approximately 15-20 hours a month.