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Senior budget weathers cuts Senior programs and serv- ices have weathered another State budget storm relatively unscathed. The drastic cuts and pro- gram changes proposed for the Chore Services program and other community-based senior services will not be implemented before January. 1983, according to the latest information from Olympia. While these programs will take their share of reduc- tions, it will be nowhere near the proposed 50 percent re- duction that was announced earlier this summer. In late June of this year, older people and their advo- cates in our area were alerted to a crisis facing State-funded programs and services for the elderly. This crisis was the result of a $253 million shortfall in the state's budget. Governor Spellman, as re- quired by State law, planned to make an eight-and-a-half percent "across the board" reduction in all State depart- ments' budgets on July 1, 1982. This action would have zens asked our elected officials to consider the higher cost of the state for institutional care, of older people lost the services pro- vided in their own homes. Othersasked that the budget shortfall be resolved by rais- ing revenue not cutting pro- grains any further. Meanwhile Governor Spell- man decided to call the Legis- lature back to Olympia for a Special Session. The Legisla- ture convened on June 26 to attempt to find solutions for the state's latest budget shortfall. In one week, the Legislators-with what Gov. Spellman has called "chew- ing gum and bailing wire"-- resolved 92 percent of the budget shortfall, $233 of the $253 million needed to bal- ance the budget. The legis- lators then gave Governor Spellman the authority to take care of the remaining $20 million needed to fill the entire budget gap. Critics say that the "patch- ing" done by the Legislature is not a long range solution-- the state's revenue and tax structure needs a major over- haul to keep things stable. Nevertheless, the Special Session brought results. Leg- islators worked quickly and passed tax increases and pro- gram reductions. For now, senior programs and services will continue to be pro- vided in the local area with- out major changes. Nutrition sites will remain open; van service will continue. Home health services and home delivered meals will be pro- vided. The Chore Services program will remain on a contracted basis, as it has been the last three years. Seniors and their ad- vocates must realize, though, that this is only a temporary solution to the funding situ- ation for senior programs. Additional reductions in Federal funds are expected in October of this year, and more State cuts are antici- pated in January of 1983. August lg, 1982 Special People Page 3 _Ll _l__l+_l_Jl_l_LIJl+l-l--l-.l++l _I_ .I__I_.I_ l_+l_]__l_J +Q"'":-+U-'--ql--U--U--U- U -U--U--O -w - -u v -ql--B-- -u -W- W -B + CROWNING GLORY A dear old lady in a chair, With thoughts so far away, The years have thinned her 19vely hair, The smile is young and gay. "A pretty one you are," she said, "I, too, was once, you know - Curly tresses crowned my head, I had a-plenty beau." "0, what I'd give before I'm dead, A Queen once more to be." (I placed my wig upon her head) "Dear God," she said, "that's me?" In nursing home she rocks her chair, Or Two-steps down the hall, While showing off her new grown hair, Again Queen of the Ball. Evelyn Conley Stauffer Senior volunteers sought Seniors interested in help- ing others may wish to do so through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Spo- kane. Those wishing to become involved must be 60 years old and retired. Volunteers then choose assignments from a broad list of possibilities com- piled by the local RSVP office. Assistance with trans- portation usually is provided to and from volunteer work sites. For more details, call 838-3577. resulted in a 50 percent reduction in state funds for seniors' social and health services and major changes in the Chore Services pro- gram. These proposed changes and cutbacks were so drastic that many senior advocates felt that the support system for vulnerable older people would be destroyed. Follow- ing emergency meetings held by the Agency on Aging, letters, cards, telegrams and phone calls from Eastern Washington went to the Governor, state senators and representatives. Many citi- Council on Aging helps elderly fight issues Persons interested in pro- moting the concerns of the elderly may be interested in joining the Greater Spokane Council on Aging. The council now is in its seventh year and lists several goals: --To promote awareness of legislative issues affecting the elderly. --To provide community education on the needs of the aging by sponsoring public programs. --To advocate for the eld- erly by sponsoring public forums and training sessions focused on the use of legis- lative hotlines, letter writing to public officials and/or to introduce candidates or others to speak to issues. --To help sponsor activities for seniors, such as the Spokane County All-Senior picnic. --To seek funds from the community to help promote senior activities. Annual dues for members are $2 per year or $10 for a lifetime membership. For details, contact Mike White, YMCA, N. 507 Howard, Suite #133, Spokane 99201. ? / Our Senior Citizens have worked hard over the years to make Cheney a great place to live. At Farmers & Merchants Bank we're trying to carry on their efforts -- and one way is to reward them with our special Senior Citizen Account. With absolutely no check fees or service charges, you've got one less thing to worry about. Join the warm hearted bank. We're working with you to keep Cheney a super place to live. m _ __ _