Squeezing Seniors: Aging Community Fears National Crisis As A Result Of Federal Budget Cuts

Source: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, November 2013

From the press release:
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) today 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….