VIDEO: Cutbacks Called Dangerous to Seniors

People 'will starve to death' if the scheduled cutbacks are made in the Adult Day Health Care program next month, says Sherry Revord, senior center director in Sherman Oaks.

In this video interview with Patch Editor Doug Kriegel, Sherry Revord, director of the Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center in Sherman Oaks, says the planned reductions in the state-funded Adult Day Health Care program would put seniors' lives in jeopardy. She calls the cuts a false economy that could end up forcing many seniors into nursing homes, costing the state more money than the present program.

Linda Rubin January 06, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Shocking. It's up to citizens to protest these cuts. Care providers like Revord barely have the budget to provide service now. Promoting this information to the public is out of the question for agencies like hers. Thank goodness for Patch and its readers.
D. Jude January 08, 2012 at 06:37 PM
what a shame..now all the russian , armenian, and korean seniors will have to pay for their care...no more "free lunch""..~~!!
Marty Vergari January 08, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I care and want to credit Ms. Revord for all the good work she's doing for our elderly. As for "Dale's" attempt at being a wise guy - it's my opinion that "IF" the elderly person is truly in need of a meal, I say lets give it to them. I would think that "Dale" is speaking to those who can afford a meal but just want a "free lunch", etc. Otherwise his comment would be heartless in my opinion.
Sherry Revord January 13, 2012 at 08:02 PM
In response to Dale's comment above, I extend an invitation to come visit our senior center or any one of the 15 multipurpose centers run by the Deaprtment of Aging across the city. We can introduce him to countless elders (Russians, Armenians and Koreans among them) who are struggling under crippling poverty and desperately need that free lunch. It is often their only meal of the day. National statistics reveal that the fastest growing poverty rate is in the senior demographic. And, Dale, if you shoot me an e-mail, I will forward to you a UCLA study forecasting the plight of seniors in Los Angeles County over the next twenty years. They will be increasingly challenged in every key area of human well-being: finances, food security and health. My e-mail address is: srevord@vic-la.org.


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