The 2016 presidential election creeps up fast and the tough battle for American votes intensifies. It’s time that older Americans take a stand and fight for the policies that matters most like financial stability, health care, long-term care, and Alzheimer’s research. There are 44.7 million Americans over the age of 65 and that number will continue to rise, so the candidates better listen up.
But there is a battle for attention. The most popular political issues that people search on Google are:
• Same-Sex Marriage
• Gun Control
Undoubtedly, the candidates’ hands are full. But SeniorCare.com believes it’s time for the presidential hopefuls to include what matters most to senior citizens. So, SeniorCare.com took the question, “What’s one crucial aging topic that the presidential candidates should add to their platform and campaign,” to several leading long-term care experts. Here’s how they replied:
• The issues of long term care as many face the challenge of living without sufficient funds and developing dementia. Ron Kauffman, SeniorLifestyles.
• Candidates should be aware that there is no plan of care to finance people’s long-term care needs. The topic of aging and family caregiving is hardly on the radar. It needs to be along with research and a cure for Alzheimer’s. Anthony Cirillo, The Aging Experience.
• The denial around aging. This leads to accidents and health emergencies. Waiting for an acute occurrence creates decision making in crisis mode, in the midst of panic, emotional and time-critical overwhelm. The decisions end up being less logical, and more expensive than they needed to be. Aaron D. Murphy, Aging in Place Design Services.
• The number of doctors that no longer accept Medicare patients. What are the alternatives for folks to receive medical care in their community? Rhonda Caudell, Endless Legacy.
• Social security reform is a vital topic. Baby boomers impact a large piece of our economy and we can’t continue without social security reform unless we’re comfortable with exhausting the social security fund some 20 years from now. Rebecca Arciaga, Tri-Emerald Financial Group.
• Supporting family caregivers needs to be on the radar. They are the lifeblood of eldercare and without them our country will not be able to care for our aging population. They need financial support to continue the job of caregiving. Kathryn Watson, Find Houston Home Care.
• Faced with unprecedented statistics on the 65+ demographic, longevity and Alzheimer’s disease, any campaign platform would seem incomplete without the urgent issue of long-term care cost and services. Specifically, Medicaid’s reimbursement rates and waiver programs for assisted living care and services. Christina Selder, Consumer Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.
• Addressing the growing number of people getting older with no spouse or children that need support. Elizabeth Taylor, Taylor Organizing.
• Affordable and appropriate housing for the many aging seniors and baby boomers with limited financial means. The silver tsunami is here including many folks who have poor health, dementia and mental illness. Laurie Miller, Apple Companion Care.
• Fix Medicaid with more in-home care reimbursement. Professional caregivers are under paid $13 an hour. Tim Murray, AwareSeniorCare.com.
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Connect with Carol Marak, Aging Advocate, by visiting SeniorCare.com.