Senior citizens worried for services set to be reduced due to budget cuts

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Posted on May 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 12:41 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - Senior centers and elderly services in New Orleans are facing some devastating budget cuts.

Because of that, a number of local senior citizens made their way to the state capitol Wednesday morning to ask Governor Bobby Jindal to do something to help.

The governor's Office of Elderly Affairs is cutting over $400,000 from the budget for the New Orleans Council on Aging.

The loss of funding means cut to services that provide meals for the elderly and a reduction in staff at the New Orleans Council on Aging.

The current budget also does not include money for the statewide Adult Disability Resource Centers or Supplemental Senior Center funding.

"They need to survive. These people need friends. They need food. They come, they get hot meals, they do activities, they meet the people, and they just have a real swell time being together. And if you close them down...what will these elderly people do but sit at home, get full arthritis, get depressed, get disturbed and just feel lonely?" said Evelyn Whitfield, who traveled to Baton Rouge on Wednesday.

Officials said the reduction is due to the loss of the elderly population from people being displaced after Hurricane Katrina.

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