Streamline information for disabled, elderly

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dear Editor:
With his statewide “Face of Aging” tour, Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell has demonstrated his desire to address the concerns of not only the aging, but also the disabled community.
As a parent of an adult child with disabilities, I can honestly say there is a need for a single entry system to access information to services for the aging and disabled. I speak not only for the needs of the disabled, but also for that aging parent who may have had an unexpected event, like a stroke, and suddenly needs assistance with normal, daily activities. Imagine getting that call that your parent suddenly cannot completely care for himself.
Where do you turn for help? To one of the many guidebooks that are outdated before they are printed? Calling one agency only to be referred to another?
Mr. McConnell seems to “get it” when it comes to the needs of these two communities. I certainly hope he can reform the confusing, fragmented system that currently exists to provide a streamlined, easy to access, efficient system that eliminates duplicative services for both the aging and disabled communities.
Michelle M. Lichtenberger
Apache Drive

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