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Agency on aging warns of program cuts

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:13:14 CST
By: Willis Kern

Agency on aging warns of program cuts The director of central Illinois' largest agency serving older adults says going over the fiscal cliff would have a huge impact on services for the aging. Mike O'Donnell with the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging says the cumulative impact of an 8% cut on top of regular prior cuts of 3% to 5% would mean key services will suffer.

"We've already incurred reductions, made that sacrifice. Our funding has been on a steady decline over the past ten years."

O'Donnell says funding for congregate meals through Peace Meal will be cut. The agency helps fill the gap between the suggested $7 donation for a meal and the $25 cost. Also at risk is funding for rural public transporrtation provided by SHOWBUS. The cuts represent $300,000 of the agency's $9 million annual budget. The Area Agency on Aging serves about 6,000 older residents in 14 central Illinois counties.

(photo courtesy East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging)

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