2009-10-24 / Editorials & Letters

Senior levy will help seniors stay in their homes

Editor:

The senior services levy is a worthy use of public funds. In central Ohio, seven of our eight counties have levies and each supports services that help seniors remain at home for as long as possible.

These services often delay the need for nursing home care, which is a much more expensive care option, primarily funded by state Medicaid dollars. Licking County is known for its quality transportation and homecare programs as well as meals. The 60+ population in Licking County is expected to grow by 76% between 2000 and 2020. This, on top of recent cuts in state funds, means that county levies are more important than ever in maintaining services.

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging administers federal and state aging funds through local providers. The Licking County Aging Program has been a valued partner for over 30 years.

The levy supports their efforts and many other agencies and senior groups that improve the quality of life for thousands of older adults. I hope voters will continue to support the senior levy as they have in the past so Licking County can continue to be known as a county providing excellent senior services.

Cindy Farson, Director Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

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