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Local expert offers nonpartisan insights on key election issues impacting seniors
Blair House Senior Living executive director discusses topics of interest to older Americans
“Job growth, Social Security, Medicare, the role of government and rising healthcare costs are at the forefront of issues on seniors’ minds,” says Govoni. “According to research by the American Association of Retired People (AARP), older adults (50+) are more likely than younger adults to express an intention to vote. Therefore, we’re sure to see both candidates focusing in on issues that impact seniors over the months leading up to the election.”
Govoni mentions that some of the senior specific issues this election include:
• The Older Americans Act:
Older Americans Act (OAA) is up for reauthorization in the fall and will continue to be discussed during the election. The Act provides support for senior centers, nutrition programs, disease prevention and caregiver programs.
• Long-term care:
Private long-term care insurance funds care such as hospice or assisted living, beyond a predetermined period. The affordability of long-term care insurance has become a key factor this election for baby boomers and seniors who understand the importance of purchasing long-term care insurance but have seen a dramatic rise in the cost of premiums.
• Social Security and Medicare:
Social Security and Medicare are especially important to seniors, who are living longer and have become increasingly dependent on the benefits of Social Security to assist in funding their retirement. Polls show that seniors traditionally oppose Social Security benefit cuts.
“As the election draws near, these issues have the potential to shape the senior vote,” says Govoni. “I advise all seniors to ask questions, gather information on the issues that are important to them and make informed decisions prior to casting their vote.”
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