Friday, June 5, 2009

As California Slips Into Red Ink , Elders are the Weakest Link

Advocates for the elderly in California say recent budget cuts are dramatically affecting the ability of social service programs to keep up with demand" at a time when "the state's elderly population - and the incidents of elder abuse - are exploding," NPR reports. One example is Contra Costa County, where the Aging and Adult Services Program laid off two-thirds of the staff who "investigate abuse complaints of elderly and dependent adults." The county is now "turning over virtually all of its self-neglect cases to some other agency - often, the police.

" The Contra Costa situation is "so severe that the county grand jury recently concluded that Adult Protective Services no longer has the resources to carry out its legal mandate to investigate physical and financial abuse complaints." This comes at a time when complaints of elder abuse are on the rise. According to "national studies," only "1 in 5 elder abuse cases is reported" (Siler, 6/3).


We think that this is a mistake and clearly indicates where our elected government officials
priorities lie we think that instead of cutting back on the elders we could cut the 3.6 million used to train U.S. Chinese hookers how to drink responsibly
This is one of those stories that’s so friggin’ unbelievable that our initial inclination was to think it was a joke.

Unfortunately, the joke’s on you, the taxpayers.

Here’s how reports it:=>>

“The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health, will pay $2.6 million in U.S. tax dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly on the job.

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