Budget cuts would affect programs that help seniors

In January, a $1.2 trillion package of budget cuts is scheduled to take effect unless Congress takes action to prevent it. If implemented, these cuts would eliminate $109 billion each year, between 2013 and 2021.

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations says this cut would deeply affect programs like Lifescape Community Services’ Meals on Wheels and senior dining site programs, along with our senior transportation program.

Cuts in state and federal funding forced us to create a waiting list for our Meals on Wheels program. We have since been able to eliminate that list. But now, with sequestration looming, we may again be forced to tell homebound seniors they will have to wait.

These cuts will be devastating to the thousands who are served by Lifescape and who want nothing more than to age with dignity and with an acceptable quality of life. We understand that spending needs to be controlled, but cuts as draconian as these force hardship on all affected.

Action must be taken quickly following the election to bring this process to a halt and put some bipartisan sense into slowing the quickening march toward this fiscal cliff.

Carol Green
Executive Director/CEO
Lifescape Community Services, Inc.

From the Nov. 7-13, 2012, issue

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