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Since your weekly writer, Dave Atlas, was out of town this past Thursday, another member of our Kent CBG Steering Committee kindly wrote this short description of our March 7th meeting.

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Susan Eddy and Muriel Cole led a discussion about public policies on aging which they call ‘a scandal’.  Using various statistics, they compared the budgets for senior services of several Eastern Shore counties with Kent being in last place.  They showed inventory of senior housing in Kent is way below the need.  Their slide presentation was informative and eye opening and they encouraged everyone to become more involved in advocating for our senior population.–

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Our speakers also provided a write up of what they discussed with our overflow crowd of participants.  It follows below:

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PUBLIC POLICIES ON AGING- A SCANDAL

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By Muriel Cole and Susan Eddy

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On Feb. 8, Muriel Cole and Susan Eddy, both advocates for seniors and Chestertown residents, gave a talk that highlighted many weaknesses in U.S., State, and local policies for those in our senior years. A number of statistics were given that reveal the inequities in resources assigned and attention given, especially to the elderly. Older people are more vulnerable and face more challenges, yet the issues are not prominent in the minds of most people. In Kent County there are 1900 public school students and over 5000 people over 65. Senior services are poorly funded. A number of attendees pointed to inadequate long-term care and a general lack of awareness. Cole called this situation, in Martin Luther King’s words, “the appalling silence of good people.”

 

 

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