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Issue Position: Senior Issues

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Senior's lifestyles and their way of life deserve to be protected from those who don't consider them of vital importance. Healthcare, housing, and transportation are the three top issues that have been affecting the lives of seniors for multiple decades. The topic of healthcare should be safe territory, but recent actions and conversations coming out of Washington, DC in the past twelve months have seniors worried nationwide, and rightly so. Turning the current and very reliable Medicare system into something disparagingly referred to as Voucher-care would be disastrous for seniors everywhere…it's also been called "Premium Support" by those who would soft pedal the likely damage caused by making the system wide change in how healthcare is delivered and paid for.

Likewise, housing has become increasingly important to seniors as the trend is to move away from the familiar Nursing Home system to one of Assisted Living facilities. These systems hold great potential, but there are many hurdles to overcome including cost (affordability) and low staffing levels at many existing facilities. Work needs to be done to help support these facilities reach their potential in delivering quality healthcare and lifestyles.

Finally, transportation for seniors for day to day travels, in addition to extended distance trips for specialized services, still needs ongoing support in order to meet the needs of a growing cast of seniors now that Baby Boomers (and subsequent aging generations) have come of age as seniors.


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