Slumping state and local budgets and troublesome new cuts are putting in jeopardy many state programs dedicated to the senior citizen community in Alabama.
The most recent cuts will eliminate $2.7 million from the Department of Senior Services. This is a 9% drop off from the previous year.
State lawmakers are faced with a $200 million shortfall in general. They even called for a special session this week in order to try and work out some remedies to the situation.
Department commissioner Neal Morrison said that senior nutrition cuts could eliminate over 800k meals for seniors in need.
I’m convinced these programs keep our seniors healthy and active much longer and out of assisted care and convalescent homes. It extends their lives,
~ Kimon Brown, Board Member of Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center
Alabama has always been in a position behind the rest of the country in terms of long term care support. According to and AARP assessment of nursing homes, Alabama ranked second-worst, only above Kentucky.
Despite this knowledge the facts are clear. The states senior citizen population is expected to grow by 80% over the next quarter century.