AARP: Mayor, City Council Hit Home Run for Seniors in New Budget
Baselining of Services, Expansion of Funding Will Help NYers Age Safely in Own Homes, Rather Than Costlier Nursing Homes
NEW YORK, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today in response to the New York City budget agreement announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council:
“Mayor de Blasio and the City Council have hit a home run for the city’s growing senior population. AARP is grateful that our city leaders listened to the 50+.
“The base lining of critical senior services and an expansion of funding for caregiver support and other programs that help New Yorkers age safely and with dignity in their own homes is exactly what our aging city needs.
“The mayor and Council, led by Speaker Mark-Viverito and Aging Chair Chin, have shown vision; the city’s 65 and over population is expected to increase 40 percent between 2010 and 2040, and without the services the new city budget funds and expands both this year and into the future, too many older New Yorkers would be left with no choice but to enter nursing homes that cost taxpayers – and families – much more.
“The inclusion of $6.5 million to end wait lists for homecare services, $1.2 million apiece for case management services and the weekend meal program, and $4 million for a new caregiver support program are all key to keeping families together and older New Yorkers where the vast majority of them want to age – in their own homes.
“Family caregivers represent the backbone of the city’s long term care system, providing $13 billion annually in unpaid care to 425,000 loved ones. Caregivers need support, and this budget provides it.
“The new city budget should serve as a model for our state leaders and legislators.”
Contact: Erik Kriss, email@example.com
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