Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada has been selected as honorary chair of the 12th annual Blues Harvest, a fundraiser for the Yolo Adult Day Health Center. The event will take place from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Heidrick Ag History Center, 1962 Hays Lane in Woodland.
The Blues Harvest features entertainment by the Kyle Rowland Band with special guest Barry “The Fish” Melton. The event includes a gourmet buffet dinner and an auction for unusual travel and entertainment opportunities, gifts and original works of art.
Tickets are $50, available at Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St. in Davis; Watermelon Music, 527 Main St. in Woodland; and at the Yolo Adult Day Health Center, 20 N. Cottonwood St. in Woodland.’
For more information, call 530-666-8828 or visit www.FriendsofAdultDayHealth.org.
Yamada’s selection was based on her long-standing interest in, and advocacy for, programs and issues affecting seniors and people with disabilities, in addition to her steadfast support of adult day health care programs, a news release said.
Her leadership in 2010-11 was a critical factor in saving adult day health care as a Medi-Cal benefit for the 35,000 low-income, frail Californians who were slated to lose services when the state eliminated the program, the release said.
Yamada chairs the Assembly’s Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care. Before her election to the Assembly she was a member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, where she was the first chair of the Yolo County Commission on Aging and Adult Services and helped to plan the first Aging Summit in Yolo County’s history.
Because of her work for bills such as AB 999, which helped rein in excessive long-term care insurance rate hikes, she was recognized by the California Association for Health Services at Home as the Legislator of the Year for 2011.
Yamada has been a strong proponent of in-home care, advocating for senior and disabled individuals to have the freedom and choice to live independently in their own homes. Earlier this year, she introduced AB 322 to regulate the growing industry that supplies home-care providers for senior citizens and the disabled. The bill, still in committee, would require firms providing home-care aides to get licenses, and for workers to undergo background checks and training.