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Are We Leaving Seniors Behind?

Are We Leaving Seniors Behind?

More than 13 million seniors in the U.S. are economically insecure. These individuals are having to decide which bills to pay every month and live in constant fear of medical bills that they will not be able to afford.

Even worse, elderly abuse (both physical and financial) is being reported all over the country. If our older Americans can’t even rely on their caregivers, who can they rely on?

Well, unfortunately it looks like the government won’t be helping very much either. The Obama Administration’s budget includes a 45 percent cut to the Senior Community Service Employment Program, a 45-year old program that helps unemployed people over the age of 55 find part-time jobs for community service organizations. And the kicker? Eligibility for this program is limited to 125 percent of the poverty line.

In addition, the budget cuts the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which will increase the burden of heating and cooling bills for older Americans substantially.

Where are our priorities? Is America leaving our older Americans behind? How can we reinstate the respect for elders that many countries in the Pacific do so much better than we do?

The National Council on Aging is sending a message to Congress to remind them that we must take care of our older Americans. If you have a story to tell, add it to the petition today! Your stories are critical for the effectiveness of this message to Congress.

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2:52AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

GimgerS; You're mostly living in a unrealistically in todays world when you say"if a senior citizen had a family and treated them well...raised them well...chances are they will return to care for their parents/grandparents when needed. Those without family or who burnt those bridges...need some sort of public care.
I did it for my Mom but today the offspring are different.

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2:52AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

GimgerS; You're mostly living in a unrealistically in todays world when you say"if a senior citizen had a family and treated them well...raised them well...chances are they will return to care for their parents/grandparents when needed. Those without family or who burnt those bridges...need some sort of public care.
I did it for my Mom but today the offspring are different.

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7:35AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Honor your aged. Not here we don't.

9:45AM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

This is just unacceptable.

10:47PM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

This is just bad, because with baby boomers falling into this state, it's a thing with they want to put back what their parents gave them, and they can't...

11:23PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

I wish to add to my previous comment. I do not want to underestimate the fact that older seniors do begin having health issues, and in the past, these were a large focus of health care. Now, it is the young athletes and celebrities and the wealthy who get the best care when that is needed. The middle class and poor elderly have a difficult time, especially if they need specialist medical attention. Many excuses are given for why it cannot be available to them, while the seniors deteriorate and soon are unable to maintain their independent lives - at least in part, due to their lack of adequate access to the health care professionals who CAN help them. This is a serious problem for people who deserve much better!

3:59PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

if a senior citizen had a family and treated them well...raised them well...chances are they will return to care for their parents/grandparents when needed. Those without family or who burnt those bridges...need some sort of public care.

9:52AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

The largest problem for seniors is the mindset that being older than 60 is a recipe for being a non-person, who can be the object of pity and being set aside, just for being. Most people older then 60 years are doing just fine, thank you. We are old enough to advise many of you on how to be thoughtfully healthy, but the background of our choices is not from all of the latest science, so, is not likely to be considered relevant. For example, we do not recommend getting exercise through defined ways in a gym, but to clean your house and car regularly and to enjoy the out of doors regularly, walking, running, cycling, and most of you will be healthy. Spend less time at your job that is always at a desk. Spend less time worrying about wealth that is likely to increase the imbalance of rich to poor, and instead, determine how you want to live. Most luxuries are what cost so much, and most do not do as effective a job at keeping you healthy and happy. And most luxuries increase the waste of the dwindling resources of the earth. Yes, some seniors, and especially at the very oldest of life, need more help than they may be getting. They probably most value seeing their families, who often abandon them. So, those who pity seniors, make friends with a very old senior who really needs a friend! If a senior has been abandoned, either he/she is a cantankerous old thing and is difficult to be near, or is lovely and no one can understand why her/his family have been so selfish as to ignore t

6:42AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

nobody should of voted to put people in office when they lie, steal and cheat us out of our money, homes, insurance etc

Time for all of us to ban together and clean house as in threw them all out.........impeach everybody........close all state, federal gov ran offices......take all our money back our homes......start over...........only people white or how ever u want to say it to run the towns, com etc.....reg folks......we know what we need and what needs to be done.

5:14PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

It's not good. They should have a much better system set in place. Don't they realise they'll be living in those conditions themselves soon enough. I guess they're not worried - they're way too overpaid some of them.

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