In Coming years, 10 Thousand Baby Boomers Turn 65 Daily: The Impending Social Implications, Crisis and You
Posted Jun 23 2009 6:55pm
As many of you know, we are collectively facing devastating cuts to state funded programs serving the elderly, disabled and low-income families. At risk, according to the Institute on Aging, are 36,000 frail elderly statewide, and over a thousands of elderly in the Bay Area alone. For many seniors eligible for nursing care in the San Francisco Bay Area, they will only be able to remain living in their homes with the assistance of these state funded programs.
Programs that the state could drastically reduce funding to or eliminate include Multi Purpose Senior Service Program (MSSP) providing vital social and healthcare management and services to four hundred San Francisco community members (over ten thousand statewide). www.ioaging.org/services/programs/mssp/
Adult Day Health Centers (ADHC) are licensed medical model day care programs for seniors, providing a variety of health, therapeutic, and social services to those at risk of being placed in nursing homes. These programs stress partnership with the participant, the family, the physician, and other community resources in working together to maintain personal independence. www.ioaging.org/services/programs/adult_day/
Alzheimer’s Day Centers (ADC) offering specialized care to those with all stages of memory loss, as well as support and education for their families and caregivers. www.ioaging.org/services/programs/alzheimers_day_care/
The implications of these cuts are that if these budget cuts pass, many individuals could end up needlessly institutionalized. In addition to the loss of their dignity and identity in our community, California does not have the facilities for this flood of nursing home residents. Furthermore, if only 11 percent go to nursing care, it will cost the state just as much as the proposed cuts.
In just two years, ten thousand baby boomers will turn 65 every day. We need to speak up about this impending social crisis.
What you can doWrite to your legislator www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/your_legislator.html. Thousands of letters are being sent in each day, these letters are being read and considered! Please take just five or 10 minutes in the next two days to let our legislators know that we care about the lives of our growing senior population and we need to find ways to care for them that make financial and social sense!
AdvocateMany organizations need passionate people to help advocate for seniors and educate the community about these threats that affect our budget. It can be as simple as letting all your friends and family know this is happening, or as involved as running up to Sacramento to shout on the capitol’s steps! Let’s talk about what you can do!
Keep volunteering! Agencies serving elderly need the support of the community now more than ever! From program development and support, to assisting staff at the ADHC’s, to simply talking to a lonely or frightened elder on the phone or visiting them in their home - there are endless ways to be involved.