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Boomer population swells elderly ranks

Urges push for more funding

September 28, 2012
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"I'm all for common sense," Mike Isaacson, told more than 30 persons at the Toledo Healthy Lifestyles Center luncheon on Monday in calling for more funding for elderly-related programs.

Isaacson is the executive director of the Hawkeye Valley Agency on Aging which provides services for Tama and nine other counties in the region.

He said the funding for elderly programs in the State of Iowa has dropped 30 percent since 2008 while the population of those over age 60 has jumped 10 percent.

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Mike Isaacson speaks at the Toledo Healthy Lifestyles Center on Monday, Sept. 24, where he warned the size of Iowa’s older population is on the rise while funding for assistance has been cut. He heads Hawkeye Area Agency on Aging. News-Herald/John Speer

With the baby boomer generation really reaching the ranks now, the over age 65 population in Iowa is projected to reach 22.4 percent of the total in 2030, he said.

Isaacson said the State of Iowa ranked sixth out of seven adjoining states in funding for elderly programs. On his list, Illinois was number one, South Dakota, last.

In making his case, Isaacson said "the common sense" is it costs an average of $625 to keep a person in their home with assistance and a total of $5,200 in a care facility. People want to be in their own home and can remain healthy there he maintained.

He called upon seniors to voice their needs to candidates running for legislative seats in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Isaacson said he foresees "state and federal legislators taking a hatchet to the budgets and chopping them entirely." Instead he said, "I want the legislators to go there with a scalpel and be selective."

Hawkeye Valley AAA operates the Mobile Meals program, the Lifestyles Center and provides community information and support in Tama?County.



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