October Generation Plus Monthly Focuses on Voting Tips and Links

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The October 7th Generation Plus Live virtual segment allowed us to share some important information and links regarding voting and what are we voting for in this election. While many have already voted let us all stay focused on reminding people to VOTE!  Thank you to our presenters.
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Speakers

  • Bob Tomasulo (Aging Community Activist, former President of the Elder Advocates)
  • Bruce Birdsall (Council on Aging)
  • Tina Madison White (Human Rights Campaign)
  • Jessica Hulick (Equality NC)

Gen Plus Voting Issues

Social Security

Social Security continues to be a voter focus. AARP surveys in both political parties highlight these issues at the fore front:

  • Protecting Social Security-Strengthen Medicare-Lowering Prescription Drug Cost-Protecting Nursing Home and Care facilities
  • 1 out of 4 households depends on Social Security
  • Currently there is enough money in the Social Security Trust fund to last until 2035.

Healthcare

  • Currently 64 million people utilizing Medicare.
  • Medicare only has enough money to run till 2026.  Challenges:
    • More people are receiving benefits than the number of people paying into the fund
    • Drug cost are not regulated
    • Medicare cannot negotiate prices with drug companies
  • When we vote we need to consider where political leaders stand on the future of Medicare
  • Average additional cost to people on Medicare is $5,800 a year
  • Medicare represents 14% of the Federal budget

Public Sovereignty / National & Local Mindset are Critical

The good news is that there is overwhelming support in battleground states for LGBTQ equality, the Equality Act and for the Transgender community.  The challenge is that many forces working to mute the voice of the people.  We have to gain control of the Presidency, Senate, and NC Senate and House.

  • Voting and supporting local candidates is always important.  This year, people with time and / or money, should look outside their district and state, too.  Our rights are heavily influenced by politicians serving other geographies.

Voting Resources

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.