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National Advocate for Community Aging Services Speaks in Hampton Roads Jan. 22
National Advocate for Community Aging Services Speaks in Hampton Roads Jan. 22
Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, will be a special guest speaker at the annual meeting of Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Jan. 17, 2014) – Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, will be a special guest speaker at the annual meeting of Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main St., Norfolk. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, known as “n4a,” represents 629 regional organizations – including Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia – that serve older adults and their caregivers and speaks out on national legislation and other concerns. Key issues include federal funding and reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, as well as the rapidly growing population of older adults. Today, seniors age 60 and over make up more than 18 percent of the United States population and are projected to comprise 22.5 percent by 2020, according to the n4a. In November, n4a released a report, “Squeezing Seniors: Aging Community Fears National Crisis As a Result of Federal Budget Cuts,” that sampled the effects of stagnant and reduced federal funding, including sequestration, on community aging programs partially federally funded via the Older Americans Act. According to the report, nearly 85 percent of respondents said they will not be able to provide sufficient aging services if federal cuts continue. The report also found that nearly three-quarters of area agencies on aging indicated they already were forced to decrease the number of home-delivered and congregate meals served and that half had reduced transportation services that help older adults travel to medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores or other essential destinations. At the time, Ms. Markwood was quoted saying: “Unfortunately, we found what we feared: Aging network leaders are deeply concerned about their ability to meet their communities’ demands for critical senior services. Sadly, the problem will only grow deeper and more painful if federal budget cuts like sequestration continue.” According to the n4a, “The staggering figures in the report confirm that older adults are at serious risk from federal budget cuts and illustrate that the current economic and budget crises have made it increasingly difficult for area agencies on aging to even maintain existing services – let alone expand services for a growing aging population.” “It is critical that Congress addresses and corrects the impending aging services catastrophe by investing in the Older Americans Act,” Ms. Markwood said. “It makes no sense to cut a program that saves federal dollars in the long run by ensuring that older adults can age with dignity and independence in their own homes and communities rather than in a more costly institutional setting.” John N. Skirven, CEO of Senior Services, said he expects Ms. Markwood to provide timely information on legislative and national issues when she speaks in Norfolk on Jan. 22. “Ms. Markwood is a leading advocate for older adults and area agencies on aging. We appreciate her taking the time to visit Hampton Roads and discuss national issues that affect the people we serve,” Skirven said. “She has represented us as one of eight key aging organizations that are working on the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which has passed the Senate and has been introduced in the House of Representatives.”

National Advocate for Community Aging Services Speaks in Hampton Roads Jan. 22

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