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Pending approval from the General Assembly the funding for older Illinoisans will receive nearly an eight percent increase in the fiscal year 2001 budget for the Illinois Department on AgingThe states portion of the overall spending is 2349 million and funds the Departments Community Care program at 205 million The program provides senior citizens with home care services adult day services and custodial careThe eight percent increase is drastically needed according to Carol Aronson spokesperson for the Shawnee Alliance for seniors Senior programs are underpaid compared to the services of Department of Children and Family Services with a much lower rate of funds for seniors even with an eight percent increase Aronson saidAn additional 7 million has been allocated to the Elder Abuse and Neglect Program an increase of 11 percent Community based agencies will be able to respond to over 8600 reports of abuse and neglect which account for a projected increase The Elder abuse reports have been on the rise every year prompting Gov Ryan to also respond to the problem by forming a new Elder Abuse Task ForceThe Illinois Department on Agings Elder Abuse and Neglect Program responds to all reports of abuse of people age 60 and older The program provides investigation intervention and follow-up services to victims Reports are increasing about 10 percent a year as the older population grows and awareness of the problem increasesThe spring session was certainly fruitful for all Illinois seniors said Illinois Department on Aging Director Margo E SchreiberThe budget will help the Illinois Department on Aging fulfill its mission and we are grateful to the Governor and legislators for their diligent work in addressing the needs and quality of life for the seniors in our stateWhile the bill awaits approval a similar proposal for seniors the 100 percent campaign has been passed and is a working success according to Susan Patterson field coordinator for the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging Inc Specifically Senate Bill
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