* From the Southeastern Illinois Agency on Aging’s Facebook page…
Illinois Aging Network Alert
I4A Alert for Tuesday January 19, 2016 (Prepared by AgeSmart)
Since September 28, 2015 the Area Agencies on Aging have been providing a weekly alert addressing the impact of the budget Impasse. Reviewing those 15 alerts we are beginning to see the erosion of services to seniors in the State of Illinois. Below is a visual of the loss of services to seniors in Illinois.
Number of reported seniors who have lost:
Home Delivered Meals - 3203
Home and Community Based Services - 6104
Loss of Jobs (FTEs) – 90.5
Since October we have seen four senior centers close and many other organizations reduce the days they are open. In a network survey about the budget impasse conducted in the fall it was estimated that if there was no budget by the end of February 84,500 seniors will be without services.