Senior citizen advocacy groups push governments for healthcare changes
AARP Global Network 7/25/2010
Around the world, aging baby boomers and senior citizens seem to be coming together to pressure governments to reform health products and services.
AustralianAgeingAgenda.com reports that community service provider, BaptistCare, has launched a campaign to this effect. The project, Get the FACS!, targets Australians of all ages, attempting to engage the country in a discussion about aged care reform by using social media.
Dr Lucy Morris, the CEO of BaptistCare, claimed that Get the FACKS! was a reaction to the inadequate 1.7 percent indexation funding increase to the aged sector by the government, as well as the unfulfilled promises that have been made.
“Seniors are not a medical problem and not a health problem. All of us face aging. We should see it as a social issue,” she told the news source.
This campaign will accompany another, which is called Grand Plan and has been organized by the Campaign for Care of Older Australians.
Another senior citizen advocacy group in Canada, the National Seniors Council, has also assembled to advise the Canadian government on the future of healthcare in the face of the aging baby boomer population, according to TheMatureMarket.com.
The council will work with the Minister of Human Resources and the Minister of Health to advise the government on issues related to the quality of life for seniors, conduct relevant research and consult different experts and organizations that provide products and services to the elderly.
SeniorJournal.com states that, in the United States, healthcare has become a costly issue for seniors as well. Citing a new report, Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being, the website claims that out-of-pocket spending for healthcare services has increased among poorer seniors from 12 percent to 28 percent in the past 29 years.
The number of Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in Part D prescription drug plans has also increased, from 18.2 million in June 2006 to 22.2 million in December 2009.
The news source concludes that, as baby boomers age and the elderly population becomes larger and more diverse, different groups, policymakers and researchers will have to be employed to ensure the quality of life for senior citizens across America.
The New York Time reports that at least 25 states and the District of Columbia have all made significant cuts to home services for aging people, which affect caretakers, housekeeping and meal deliveries, a shift that may drastically interfere with the widespread boomer trend of aging independently and remaining in the home.