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National Aging Funding Impact Research Report Released

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

National Aging Funding Impact Research Report Released

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) released a report entitled "Squeezing Seniors: Aging Community Fears National Crisis As a Result of Federal Budget Cuts."

The report releases findings from an October 2013 n4a survey that sampled local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in nine states on the effects of stagnant and reduced federal funding, including sequestration, on community aging programs and services partially federally funded via the Older Americans Act (OAA), which provides federal funding to states and communities for a range of community-based aging programs and services for older Americans at risk of losing their independence.

Nearly 85 percent of respondents stated that they will not be able to provide sufficient aging services if federal cuts including sequestration continue. As a result of years of stagnant funding followed by the sharp cuts under sequestration, virtually all AAA leaders polled were concerned or very concerned about the ability of seniors in their community to be able to remain living independently without costly institutional care. 

In Appalachian Ohio, the per capita federal spending already lags and the gap is widening. The region receives 33 percent less Federal expenditures per capita than the national average. In Appalachia, costs for programs to serve seniors are higher because of the travel distances to reach many rural home-bound residents. 

In 2014, Sequestration will mean reductions to all Older Americans Act programs and services.  

The AAA8 8-county region will lose the following numbers of units of service for Older American Act Programs:  

Homemaker - 615 hours 

Transportation - 1,297 one way trips

Congregate Meals - 2,957 meals

Home Delivered Meals - 6,159 meals

In addition to these cuts, there are another 438 seniors already on waiting lists for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs across the region.

It is critical that Congress address aging services needs by investing in The Older Americans Act. If you support OAA programs, please contact your federal legislators. For a list of legislators representing SE Ohio, visit www.areaagency8.org/legislation

AAA8 is the area’s “front door” for information and assistance services. For more information or a free in-home assessment, call 1-800-331-2644.

Read the report: http://www.n4a.org/pdf/n4a_SequesterSurveyReport_FINAL.pdf


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