Groups for elderly urged to call Senate

September 09, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

The chief of the Carroll County Bureau of Aging has urged the county's Commission on Aging board members to participate in a national call-in campaign to the U.S. Senate tomorrow to urge prompt re-authorization of the Older Americans Act.

Janet B. Flora, the bureau chief, asked the commission's board yesterday to join other organizations on aging in the call-in.

The board was told that if the U.S. Senate does not take action to re-authorize the Older Americans Act, some 7 million elderly citizens will go without food, even though only 56 cents per meal is allotted for them through the act.

Without renewal of the act, appropriations for food and other benefits for low-income, minority and frail elders are in jeopardy, Mrs. Flora told the board.

In other business, Chairman Richard Warehime was told that the new senior center in Mount Airy would open in January and that six architects would be interviewed soon for the new Westminster center.

Funds to build the center have been approved.

The board discussed nursing homes vs. boarding homes for those who may need care other than what they can provide for themselves.

Board members said those in need can get information on community resources from the Commission on Aging.

Board members also were told that prostate cancer is the fourth leading cause of death of men in Maryland.

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