Nonprofit Warns Against Cutting Senior Services.

August 3, 2020

Shelley Lyford, president and CEO of West Health, Gary and Mary West Foundation, writes in an op-ed in The Hill (8/3) that with state tax revenues declining amid the coronavirus pandemic, “even health and social services for seniors, who account for 8 out of 10 deaths and the highest rate of hospitalization from COVID-19, are not immune from the chopping block,” partly due to “new and virulent strains of ageism that infect public policy and the public discourse.” Lyford warns against “the ageist trope that older people have outlived their social and economic productivity,” which “creates a toxic political climate.” Lyford calls for legislators to “think of successful aging as an investment,” as whatever the short-term savings from cuts to senior services, “we simply incur the higher long-term costs associated with bad health outcomes, increased hospitalizations, and reduced quality of life.”

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