I4A Alert for week of 1-11-2016
Illinois Aging Network Alert
A weekly report on the impact of the state budget crisis on Illinois Seniors and Community Programs on Aging, from
I4A ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING
Contact: Joy Paeth (618) 222-2561 or Jon Lavin (708) 383-0258
Monday, January 11, 2016
State Budget Impasse Threatens Healthy Aging for Illinois Seniors
The prolonged State budget impasse poses a threat to evidence-based healthy-aging programs for IIlinois older adults. Illinois Area Agencies on Aging and their local partner agencies lead Illinois’ efforts to provide older persons the tools to improve their health outcomes. These programs are delivered in community settings by a wide variety of community-based agencies, volunteers and skilled professionals with the objective that people take charge of their health, manage their chronic disease and disabilities, prevent falls and reduce emergency room visits, hospital readmissions and nursing home admissions. Last year healthy-aging programs reached 22,371 Illinois Seniors.
Area Agencies on Aging serve as Aging and Disability Resource Centers and coordinate regional networks comprising 179 provider agencies, including multi-purpose senior centers, senior nutrition programs and other community-based service providers. The lack of State general revenues for community-based services threatens the delivery system that is essential to sustain evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs for seniors.
Area Agencies on Aging and their community partners rely on federal Older Americans Act Title III funds, Illinois general revenue funds for community-based services, local funds and participant contributions to support the cost of training and coordinating professional staff and volunteer lay leaders serving as instructors to deliver healthy-aging programs including: Chronic Disease Self Management Education, Diabetes Self Management Education, A Matter of Balance falls prevention program, Fit & Strong for adults with lower extremity arthritis, Strong For Life exercise program and PEARLS and Healthy IDEAS to help older adults manage depression.
The State budget impasse threatens healthy aging for Illinois Seniors. I4A urges State leaders to meet immediately, resolve their differences, and enact a State Budget with sufficient revenues for FY2016 and FY2017 to sustain community services and supports that empower older adults to take charge of their health and live at home with dignity for as long as possible.