On Tuesday, March 17, members of the N.C. Coalition on Aging, the N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature and the Durham Partnership for Seniors (DPfS) held a lobby day at the N.C. General Assembly to advocate for legislative priorities relevant to the well-being of seniors and persons with disabilities in North Carolina.
The N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services predicts the state’s population of seniors will grow nearly 40 percent by the year 2025. We urge legislators to take the following priorities under consideration as we face the needs of our growing senior population.
The legislative priorities of the N.C. Coalition on Aging include: support for home and community-based services; preserving Medicaid eligibility and services for aged, blind, and disabled adults; protecting at-risk older and disabled adults from neglect, abuse and exploitation; and increased support for family caregivers.
The legislative priorities for the N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature include preserving or restoring optional Medicaid services; maintaining funding for the state’s senior centers; and strengthening and funding the state’s adult protective services program. The organization also endorses increased funding for the Home and Community Care Block Grant, which helps our growing older population age in place and avoid placement in expensive institutional care settings.
We urge you to join this effort. Contact your N.C. senator and representative to increase awareness about these issues. For contact information, visit the N.C. General Assembly website at www.ncleg.net. For additional information on the issues, visit ncsthl.org/priorities.html.