Monday, March 24, 2008

Is Crisis Looming for Elder Care in Hawaii?

Crisis coming in elder care, AARP warns
Residents pessimistic about health care in state

The number of people age 65 and older in Hawaii is expected to grow by 86 percent between now and 2030.

So says a survey by AARP Hawaii, which urges prompt action to avoid a crisis in long-term care for seniors.

"If nothing is done in the very near future, like right now, to begin addressing these issues in a substantive, systematic way, we're going to find ourselves with an essentially insolvable problem," said Bruce Bottorff, AARP Hawaii associate state director.

AARP Hawaii is urging the Legislature to pass Senate Bill 3255 with $250,000 to create a commission that would determine resources needed to meet long-term care policy goals.

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