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Public Policy Issues                                            

The Delaware Aging Network wants to engage in dialogue with our elected officials about the public policy issues that impact the growing population of older adults in Delaware.

May is officially proclaimed Older Americans Month by Delaware Legislature.

Click here to see proclamation by the House of Representatives 145th General Assembly

 

v   Preserve Grant-In-Aid Funding Levels for Senior Citizen Programs

ü     Senior citizens are the fastest growing segment of our population and need services to help them stay independent and live in their own homes.

ü     Community-based programs are a cost-effective alternative to State-funded institutional arrangements.

v   Apply Federal funding increases to direct provision of services rather than to State overhead

ü     Community-based programs are delivered by direct service providers with lower overhead expense.

 

Our Constituents

1 in every 5 Delawareans is age 60 years or older.

Over the next 5 years, Delaware’s senior population will:

  • Grow by 19%, a rate 3 times higher than the 6.5 growth rate of
    the overall State population
     

  • Increase from 21% to 23% of the State's total population
     

  • Expand faster than the national growth rate for the 60+ population

Check out these websites for more details about older adult legislation:

NCOA Advocacy site: http://www.ncoa.org/content.cfm?sectionID=58

NCOA Public Policy Priorities for the 110th Congress (2007-2008): http://www.ncoa.org/content.cfm? sectionID=336&detail=1820

http://thomas.loc.gov/

http://www.opencongress.org/

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/
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