Delaware

County senior services levy: Big return on small investment

To the Editor:

I would like to address your readers about the importance of voting for the renewal and increase of the Council for Older Adults' senior services levy on the May ballot.

I am currently in my second term as a volunteer on the board of directors for the Council for Older Adults and have served in the capacity as board secretary, as a member of the executive board while serving as the vice president, and as chairperson of the Council's Grant Review committee.

As a physician in Delaware County, I can tell you that the services provided by the Council for Older Adults both enhance and save the lives of our most-frail population. These include Meals On Wheels, personal care, adult day-care, medical transportation and many more, designed to enable homebound seniors to remain living at home safely as long as possible. All of these services ultimately save everyone from paying for avoidable hospitalizations and the much-higher cost of nursing-home care. And a little bit of help enables local seniors to remain living safely where they prefer to be.

The fact is our local older population is growing by about 1,800 individuals a year.

We need to be prepared to provide services for this rapidly growing segment of our community. The additional millage requested will cost the taxpayers about 76 additional cents a month for every $100,000 of property value -- an incredible bargain.

This committee of volunteers and the staff of the council work very hard to ensure that all of our funds are stretched to provide maximum benefit for our growing older population. Our partnerships with more than 50 local service providers and more than 900 volunteers ensure that our older adults receive the best-quality care.

On May 7, please consider the positive impact of the services offered by the Council for Older Adults have on those who have given so much and the money it will save all of us in the long run.

 

Dr. Alice Frazier

board of directors, Council for Older Adults

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