CNN Money: Federal cuts hit seniors who want to live at home

By Jennifer Liberto 

seniors budget cutsFederal budget cuts have hit agencies that help seniors avoid nursing homes and live on their own.

For seniors desperate to avoid nursing homes, government-funded services such as free rides to doctors’ appointments are key to independent living.

But the $80 billion in deep federal budget cuts this year has trimmed many such services, putting seniors more at risk of losing their ability to live at home, according to a survey of agencies that work with the elderly.

The government helps pay for many programs run by nonprofits that arrange free rides for seniors to the local bank or grocery store, hot meals for the elderly as well as “companions” who can help with cooking, light housecleaning or personal hygiene.

Some 76% of agencies surveyed said the sequester, or the deep spending cuts that kicked in on March 1, have prevented them from meeting the needs of seniors staying at home. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging on Tuesday released the survey of 69 member agencies across nine states.

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“This level of cuts is truly going to affect the ability of many older adults to remain in the home,” said Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.


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