As election day is just around the corner, there are many policy issues in play. In Connecticut, for example, the AARP recently conducted a poll on what is most important to the voting public, aged 50 and over. What they found is that there is no single policy issue that a candidate should be running on, but rather numerous concerns that are affecting the general public.
One major highlight that the AARP noted during its most recent poll is that the 50-plus voting bloc is one that consistently shows up at the polls whereas many younger voters may become disillusioned, too busy, or for some reason don’t believe that their voice really matters. This aging population is concerned about numerous factors, including having the right type of care and support in the event they require assistance sometime in the future.
Many seniors understand they might be turning to adult children or other family for help, but also the value home care services offers. Growing numbers of seniors across the country prefer to ‘age in place’ as opposed to moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility. That is one reason why they want a focus shifting from long-term care facilities being funded at the state government level to home care as a better option.
According to the CT Mirror blog, AARP poll finds ‘clarity’ on issues, but not on Connecticut races, written by Mark Pazniokas:
“Paid family leave for family caregivers, a perennial issue in Connecticut, was supported by 85 percent. Shifting funding for long-term care to home care was supported by 76 percent. Lowering costs for health care and prescription drugs were important issues for more than three quarters of voters, while jobs and the economy were close behind.
Fifty percent say they have been family caregivers, and one in five say they left a job to do so.
Stefanowski has tightly focused his campaign on the state budget and supply-side economics, promising to eliminate the state income tax over eight years. Lamont has campaigned on a broader array of issues.”
Voters can make a significant impact on what happens with the home care industry in their state in these upcoming elections. Unfortunately, there are many issues that candidates are focused on and far too often the needs of seniors across the spectrum take a backseat to what some may describe as more pressing issues, but what could be more pressing than having quality care for elderly men and women as they age?
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