Issues Affecting Older Adults Must Be Addressed in November

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With the upcoming bellwether  election in November, we have not heard many issues that relate to the Aging population segment as well as long term care issues. We would like to share some top of mind issues with our readership that we believe should require attention. Needless to say, writing your current congressman, looking at bills in our stagnated congress as well as “ listening “ to the Presidential and other congressional seats and seeing if you hear any of the needs will hopefully impact the mission critical agendas.

Here are a few things to consider:

* Have we heard anything about Alzheimer’s disease or any other dementias?
* Long-terrm services and supports, such as Medicaid reform
* End of life issues
* Healthcare workforce planning
* Medicare and anticipated budgetary short falls
* The ACA and its policies affecting seniors

There are also many issues for Caregivers:
* Who are the Advocates for this growing group of “ non-paid” personal care givers?
* Do we need a National Family Caregiver support program?
* Which candidates are discussing tax reform/tax credits?
* Who is articulating Social Security reforms/credits?
* Do we need Respite expansion?
* Should we have greater recognition of grandparents raising grandchildren?

We ask our readership to be advocates for Chronic care reform, Long Term Care, Elder justice and various tax reform proposals.

We believe we need a more concerted national effort to weed out federal policies which contribute to ageism. Also more federal funds spent on home and community-based care preferred by older adults. This also applies to our aging Veterans. We need to address Elder abuse federal commitments and support more federal programs to aid older workers. We need to promote higher vaccinations among older workers as well as a workforce that reflects the aging of America.

We need an Advocacy agenda and a recognition that ageism exists. We seek policies and programs that address reducing ageism.

This November – and all year round – be sure your opinion about senior issues is heard by local, state and federal representatives.