SEQUESTRATION AND SENIORS
How does sequestration affect our seniors?
Congress may choose to delay the sequestration, replace the funding cuts with a long-term deficit reduction plan, or allow the sequestration to take place. If Congress allows the sequestration to take place, it would create a catastrophic domino effect on our seniors, our communities, our state, and our nation as a whole. The funding reduction would force an already-vulnerable population into an even more dangerous position by
leaving our seniors stranded, malnourished, and lacking resources to combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
A dramatic 8.2% reduction in funding means that the following scenarios become reality:
- The abused senior who is being financially exploited by his family may not obtain the legal advice he needs to try to recoup his money.
- The lonely neighbor who requires assistance with bathing, dressing, and toileting
must make do with less care.
- The homebound senior who relies on transportation for medical appointments
will scrape by with fewer rides.
- The hungry grandmother will miss more lunches and dinners.
- The frail grandfather will live with increased risk of injuries and falls.
These important services allow seniors to maintain independent lives in their own homes and keep them out of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Our communities and state, already resource-strapped, would be unable to handle the new influx and current,
pressing needs of our seniors.
It is imperative that you contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to put
pressure on your elected officials during this lame-duck session. We must ensure that the Older Americans Act and its amendments are preserved and improved upon so that our seniors can be safe and healthy.
In less than one month, vital services to older adults throughout San Diego will be dramatically cut. As the holiday season begins older adults including the homebound are concerned that services will stop on January 2nd due to sequestration. Find a balanced alternative to sequestration that includes new revenues and spending cuts, but stop cuts that impact vulnerable older adults.
Send an email today, or mark your calendars to participate in our Seniors First San Diego call to action day, Tuesday, December 11.
Read our Sequestration Fact Sheet
Darrell Issa – 49th Congressional District
Brian Bilbray – 50th Congressional District
Susan Davis – 53rd Congressional District
Duncan Hunter – 52nd Congressional District