As a senior citizen of the 80-plus age group, I have followed news, both broadcast and published, with some trepidation as Congress and our Legislature attempt to balance budgets. They talk of reducing "entitlement" funds. This could include funds for assisting senior citizens and, in my estimation, would result in choices that are penny-wise and pound-foolish.
Meals on Wheels would be my pick for priority number one. Providing meals for the aged and inform can be essentially important. Seniors can stay in their own familiar homes with all the family memories, get one well-balanced meal a day and their welfare given a daily check. The seniors then do not feel they are a burden to their families or others.
The net result is better health for the senior, something and someone to look forward to, and less overall out-of-pocket expense to their family and to society.
The senior centers located in various towns along our part of the Wasatch Front are a boon for those of us who get out and about. The lunches are better than if we were on our own. On our own, we tend to eat what is quickest and not always healthiest. Activities also keep us physically active and mentally active. Socialization with out peers is good for us and improves our morale.
Pearle E. Hogsett