Sunday, September 26, 2010

As Gas Prices Soar, Elderly Face Cuts in Aid -

My friend Harriet pointed out this good article from the 2008 New York Times that shows how precarious our safety net is, and how rising gas prices were affecting services for the elderly, as well as working conditions for home health aides and volunteers.

As Gas Prices Soar, Elderly Face Cuts in Aid -
July 5, 2008

"...Faced with soaring gasoline prices, agencies around the country that provide services to the elderly say they are having to cut back on programs like Meals on Wheels, transportation assistance and home care, especially in rural areas that depend on volunteers who provide their own gas. In a recent survey by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, more than half said they had already cut back on programs because of gas costs, and 90 percent said they expected to make cuts in the 2009 fiscal year."

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