Health Center Closures Could Leave Thousands Without Options

In 2002, Nina Nolcox found her calling. After years as a registered nurse in skilled nursing facilities and hospitals, often on the nightshift, Nolcox started working in an adult day health care center in South Los Angeles. Four years later, she bought the business, Graceful Senescence, with the aid of a small business loan. Nolcox now employs 26 people and provides health services to about 115 mainly African American and Latino seniors who suffer from diabetes, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure and other chronic ailments. Adult Day Health Care is “probably the most logical health care model that I’ve been a part of,” Nolcox said. “I fell in love with it.” But Nolcox’s clients might soon have to go elsewhere for their care, or get none at all, because the state appears certain to eliminate the three-decades old Adult Day Health Care program in the next few months.

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