Solutions for Seniors Struggling in Today’s Economy
Whether it is nutrition, housing, or medical needs, seniors and their caregivers are now looking for new ways to keep themselves clothed, fed and housed. In fact, President Obama’s full-year Continuing Resolution for 2011 included a 45 percent national cutback of Senior Community Service Employment Program funding from the fiscal year 2010 budget.
With federal funding at the top of the chopping block, many of our elderly don’t have access to even one hot meal a day. Meals on Wheels, a non-profit agency, had to establish a waiting list at many of its sites across the U.S. this year.
While the world of senior nutrition programs faces trying fiscal times, there are services out there to help. Mom’s Meals (www.MomsMeals.com), created by a family to care for their aging grandmothers, delivers fresh-prepared, nutritionally balanced meals right to the doors of those who need them most. At only $5.99 per meal, far less than the cost of a restaurant meal, Mom’s Meals are designed by a dietician and chef and contain the proper nourishment for seniors.
While transportation options are also being cut, a little digging will show that certain agencies are working for the benefit of seniors. At the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, transportation was identified as the third most important priority of seniors, right under reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (No. 1) and matters pertaining to long-term care, according to the National Center on Senior Transportation. The NCST has made it their mission to increase transportation options for older adults and enhance their ability to live more independently within their communities throughout the U.S. More about the NCST can be found at www.seniortransportation.net.
With these federal cuts also comes added financial burden on seniors and their families. To help, AARP offers their Money Management Program, a daily service to help low-income older or disabled people who have difficulty budgeting, paying routine bills and keeping track of financial matters. More information about it can be found at www.aarpmmp.org.