Friday, March 2, 2012

Councils on Agings throughout Louisiana are in danger from Jindal

all your Council on Aging for more information or  Cindy Ingram 329-1921 office, 651-8311 cell or text 3186518311.  Lynda 387-1322 home number

Jindals’ proposed budget to gouge seniors and put them under DHH to leverage their dollars to help with medicaid benefits.  A lot of seniors do not receive medicaid but receive medicare.  Most seniors come into the Councils on Aging to meet each other and participate in activites.  Care givers or neighbors come in to help them to get meals on wheels or other services. This needs to be done quickly , DHH already has long lists waiting for approval. Seniors could reach critical health issues before getting accepted into services at councils on aging,if DHH takes over.  

DHH is holding a public meeting on Monday , March 5 at 9am at the ULM Pharmacy School.  The ULM building is on Bienville , Monroe(or can be entered off of Tower Drive on the cut thru).    We need the public to attend and voice their concerns to be answered . This is important !!!! Call your legislatures!  call or email the Governors office .
Senior citizens in all 64 parishes are under threat if DHH takes over The Governors office of Elderly Affairs, (GOEA) .

1. Ouachita "Voluntary" Council on Aging was established by charter on June 28, 1967.

2.OCA receives some federal funding under the Older Americans Act which was approved by Congress in 1965  , as well as State funding.

3. OCA provides 22 different programs of service to Seniors (over 60 years of age)

4. OCA is an advocate for senior citizens in Ouachita Parish and operates Carolyn Rose Strauss Senior Center and 12 other satellite/dining sites.

5. All 64 parishes have a Council on Aging operating therein.

6. The Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs is Louisiana's Unit on Aging and provides policy and financial oversight for the Councils on Aging.

7.OCA is designed to assist older persons in leading independent, meaningful and dignified lives in a safe environment in their own homes and community far as long as possible.

8. OCA operates as a social model,as opposed to a medical model under which DHH operates, to provide services to seniors. Under federal law, seniors who are served by Councils on Aging are devoid of income-eligibility restrictions, are offered services free of charge and guaranteed a degree of autonomy by allowing clients to participate in programs on a voluntary basis.

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