The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) released a report this week, “Squeezing Seniors: Aging Community Fears National Crisis as a Result of Federal Budget Cuts,” which addresses the impact that stagnant and reduced federal funding, including the sequestration cuts, have had and will continue to have on aging programs and services provided under the Older Americans Act (OAA).
The report details the effects cuts to OAA programs had on nine states: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, South Carolina, Vermont, and Washington which combined have 86 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs).
“Nearly 85 percent of respondents stated that they will not be able to provide sufficient aging services if federal cuts including sequestration continue.”
The findings are frightening as a country struggles to support a rapidly aging population amidst a severe lack in federal funding.
- Agencies can’t meet community needs
- Additional cuts will exacerbate the problem
- There is overwhelming concern for ability of seniors to live independently
- Many local agencies are unable to replace federal funds
- Federal funding cuts are forcing program cuts
- Program cuts are widespread and happening now
The report concludes that “it is critical that Congress addresses and corrects the impending aging services catastrophe by investing in the OAA.”
Read the full report here.