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Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 11:53am

Seniors Rally at Capitol to Oppose Cuts to Programs

More than 100 people rallied at the state capitol today protesting proposed budget cuts to services that help the elderly. Senior day care services across the state face more than one million dollars in reductions, which could have some of them closing their doors.

Bill Key from Grantville Georgia takes care of his 83-year old mother who’s been going to a center three days a week for the past 20 years. He partly credits the center for his mother’s good health. “She’s still active and she’s active pretty much because of this center,” says Key. “It gives her a place to go and something to do. I think places like that it delays having to confine someone in later years to a nursing home.”

Other affected services include those that help grandparents who have custody of their grandchildren and programs that assist family members who care for people with Alzheimer's disease. Kathy Simpson with the Alzheimer's Association says, “The cuts would actually eliminate the opportunity to put their family members in an adult day program. So they would have time to get groceries or take a few moments break from the care-giving duties.”

Simpson says more than 300 people in the state depend on the service.