SacBee: Agencies serving Sacramento-area seniors expect sequester cuts

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013 – 6:15 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Mar. 22, 2013 – 1:40 pm

Agencies that serve seniors in the Sacramento County region are bracing for the hit: Federally funded programs for older adults – including the popular senior nutrition program – face automatic, across-the-board budget cuts as a result of the sequester.

But so far, no one knows exactly how much will be cut, or when, and no one wants to scare elderly recipients who use these services.

“As soon as we start talking about cuts to Meals on Wheels, our clients call wanting to know if we’re closing down,” said Donna Yee, chief executive officer of the Asian Community Center, which since 2011 has run Sacramento County’s Meals on Wheels program.

“Our clients get anxious. The uncertainty of the situation makes it difficult.”

More than three dozen agencies in the seven-county region served by the Area 4 Agency on Aging are on hold until they receive official word from the California Department of Aging, which distributes federal dollars to Older Americans Act programs.

Those programs include senior nutrition, in-home assistance, transportation help, caregiver respite and legal services.

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