The Aug. 4 editorial, Break the gridlock, underscores the impact of continuing gridlock in Washington on the economy and job creation, as well as on a decaying infrastructure. The impact will be even more dramatic for our community’s aging population.
Sequestration has already forced local providers to reduce services to seniors. Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Services, Jewish Community Services, and many other organizations have cut home-delivered meals and in-home services this year because of reductions in funding under the Older Americans Act.
They also have reduced congregate meals and programs that promote healthy aging. The reduction in these services that help older adults age in place ironically will cost more than it saves. These people will be forced to age in more costly nursing homes and assisted-living facilities because of a lack of community services.
Dollars saved through sequestration will simply shift additional exponential costs to mandatory programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Max B. Rothman, President & CEO, Alliance for Aging, Inc., Miami