Fighting for Senior Citizen Dignity

Guido supports the senior citizen community of South Florida, and supports the “Older Americans Bill of Rights” (H.Res.1342)

The Seniors/Older Americans Bill of Rights

High-quality and affordable health care and long-term services and supports, through

  • Guaranteed access to equitable, comprehensive, geographically available, timely, safe and dignified health care;

  • Preserved, improved, and expanded Medicare and Medicaid benefits;

  • Lower prescription drug prices and increased drug price transparency;

  • Mechanisms to allow aging in place, including support for family and non-family caregivers, and expansion of the direct care workforce;

  • Protection against neglect, abandonment, and domestic abuse;

  • Culturally and linguistically competent health care and social services;

  • Health-promoting public health policies and programs;

  • Higher standards for skilled nursing facilities;

  • Increased access to self-directed palliative care; and

  • Increased access to nutritional service;

2. Financial and retirement security for themselves and their families, through

  • Preserved, improved, and expanded Social Security benefits;

  • Protection for pensions as earned benefits;

  • Assistance in establishing retirement savings;

  • Protection against financial exploitation, abuse, scams, and digital identity theft; and

  • Job training, volunteer opportunities, and enforcement of age discrimination in employment prohibitions; and

 

3. Full participation in and contribution to their communities, through    

  •  Accessible and affordable housing and transportation;

  • Equitable access to technology, including expanded broadband speed, affordability, and accessibility;

  • Social networking and other opportunities for digital engagement;

  • The right to vote and improved polling location accessibility; and

  • Culturally and linguistically competent and comprehensive home and community-based services.

 

Why?

  • The percentage of the United States population that is 65 years of age and older, including the percentage of aging Veterans, is rapidly expanding, with 10,000 Americans turning age 65 every day;

  • Federal policies are needed that promote economic wellbeing and quality of life for older Americans across many different communities, recognizing race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural diversity, and the growing inequality between poor and wealthy families;

  • Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act provide critical resources to aging Americans and their families but should be expanded and improved to meet growing needs;  

  • Prescription drug prices in the United States are nearly four times higher on average than in other peer nations, a burden that disproportionately falls on Older Americans, as almost 90 percent of adults 65 or older take a prescription drug;

  • Aging Americans deserve a dignified, secure and independent retirement, yet nearly half of all Americans 55 and older have no retirement benefits or savings;

  • Aging women (the majority of those over 65) live longer on average, are more likely to live in poverty, earn lower Social Security benefits, and are less likely to have pensions because of paycheck disparities, time spent out of the workforce for family caregiving responsibilities, and a greater chance of having worked low-wage jobs; 

  • Older Americans in rural, low-income, minority, Indian Country, and other underserved communities may be especially vulnerable because of a lack of access to needed and affordable services that allow them to remain in their communities, including adequate transportation, functioning technology, and protected voting rights;

  • 5.14 million older Americans lived in poverty in 2018;

  • 5.5 million older Americans were food insecure in 2017; 40,000 older Americans experienced homelessness in 2017 (a number projected to nearly triple to 106,000 by 2030), and one in five seniors age 65 and older are socially isolated;

  • Many older Americans are living longer, working longer, and enjoying healthier, more active lifestyles than past generations, while others are facing shorter lifespans and increased physical, mental, and psychological challenges;

  • Age-friendly movements are gaining momentum across the country in communities, health systems, and public health initiatives, but are not yet fully aligned and coordinated to ensure maximum results;

  • 70 percent of those reaching age 65 will require long-term services and supports and will need to rely on family, friends, or paid caregivers;

  • By 2035, it is estimated that one in three households will be headed by someone aged 65 or older, yet many older Americans face challenges in obtaining or keeping affordable, safe, and accessible housing; 

  • Six million children are being raised by their grandparents, who require the same rights and supports as parents; 

  • Approximately 75 percent of Medicare beneficiaries who need a hearing aid do not have one; 70 percent of beneficiaries who have trouble eating because of their teeth did not go to the dentist in the past year; and 43 percent of beneficiaries who have trouble seeing did not have an eye exam in the past year;

  • Older Americans are increasingly the victims of fraud, scams, exploitation, identity theft, and even physical and financial abuse that threaten their dignity, security, and health.

Guido Weiss

- Democrat for Congress - 

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