Special Anniversaries Reminds Us That Help is Here for Our Aging Adults

By Julia Rothkoff

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Medicare and Medicaid programs this year. Since the 1960s, Medicare has provided senior citizens with health care, while Medicaid has provided low income families and individuals with health care. Also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year is the Older Americans Act (OAA), an initiative that supports a wide range of programs such as in-home services, caregivers support and elder abuse prevention. Since the 1960s, OAA has helped to create a comfortable lifestyle in which older Americans will thrive.

According to caregiver.org, 63% of all persons in need of long-term care are aged 65 and older. The probability of becoming disabled or being cognitively impaired is 68% for people ages 65 and older. By 2050, the number of older adults in need of personal care is expected to double from 13 million individuals to 26 million individuals in 2000.senior-citizens-giving-the-

Home support is not the only issue that senior citizens face. Hunger affects everyone, even seniors. According to feedingamerica.org, 9% of all seniors are food insecure. This puts them at higher risk for health conditions; food insecurity makes seniors 60% more likely to develop depression, 53% more likely to have a heart attack, 52% more likely to develop asthma, and 40% more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure. In ten years, the amount of food insecure seniors is expected to rise by 50% because the youngest of the baby boomers will have reached 60 years old by 2025.

JFCS is committed to helping older adults to continue to live their lives with pride and independence. Some of the services JFCS offers are:

  • Personal care
  • Companion care
  • Home health care
  • Case management and assessments
  • Catered, home-delivered meals
  • Holocaust Survivor Support
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Blood pressure and medications monitoring by a registered nurse
  • Resource consultations for adult children
  • Bereavement support group
  • Respite care
  • Volunteer services

And much more…

For more on these programs, please call 856-424-1333, or email Gail Belfer at gbelfer@jfedsnj.org


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