Solutions for Seniors Struggling in Today’s Economy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Turmoil in the economy. Skyrocketing jobless numbers. Budget cuts putting families at risk. And senior services being cut. And cut. And cut.
Whether it is nutrition, housing, or medical needs, seniors and their caregivers are now looking for new ways to keep themselves clothed, fed and housed. In fact, President Obama’s full-year Continuing Resolution for 2011 included a 45 percent national cutback of Senior Community Service Employment Program funding from the fiscal year 2010 budget.
With federal funding at the top of the chopping block, many of our elderly don’t have access to even one hot meal a day. Meals on Wheels, a non-profit agency, had to establish a waiting list at many of its sites across the U.S. this year.
While the world of senior nutrition programs faces trying fiscal times, there are services out there to help. Mom’s Meals (www.MomsMeals.com), created by a family to care for their aging grandmothers, delivers fresh-prepared, nutritionally balanced meals right to the doors of those who need them most. At only $5.99 per meal, far less than the cost of a restaurant meal, Mom’s Meals are designed by a dietician and chef and contain the proper nourishment for seniors.
While transportation options are also being cut, a little digging will show that certain agencies are working for the benefit of seniors. At the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, transportation was identified as the third most important priority of seniors, right under reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (No. 1) and matters pertaining to long-term care, according to the National Center on Senior Transportation. The NCST has made it their mission to increase transportation options for older adults and enhance their ability to live more independently within their communities throughout the U.S. More about the NCST can be found at www.seniortransportation.net.
With these federal cuts also comes added financial burden on seniors and their families. To help, AARP offers their Money Management Program, a daily service to help low-income older or disabled people who have difficulty budgeting, paying routine bills and keeping track of financial matters. More information about it can be found at www.aarpmmp.org.

Fundraisers Focus on Innovative Cancer Research

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Across the globe, doctors and scientists are working together to develop and study cancer treatments. But in today’s economic climate, many researchers are struggling to find funding. Due to years of government funding cutbacks, cancer research organizations have been forced to find other means.

One organization, Gateway for Cancer Research, is providing a solution. With 99 cents of every dollar going to cancer research programs, Gateway has been diligent about funding only the most pioneering research, ensuring that every donor dollar is a wise investment. Their funding has made it possible for pioneering investigators from around the globe to conduct essential patient-centered cancer research.

A recent fundraising event benefiting Gateway’s Passport to a Cure, sponsored by National City Bank, raised over $1 million toward cancer research and clinical trials, where studies are used to help patients immediately.

Specifically honoring the work of Dr. Januario E. Castro, an assistant clinical professor in the Blood Marrow Transplantation Division at University of California, Passport to a Cure celebrated the impact Gateway-funded research has had, while also raising much-needed funds to continue vital patient-centered cancer research programs.

Says Gateway President Lynette Bisconti, “Gateway offers the opportunity to knock down doors that are closed to researchers who think ‘outside the box’ and drive research in a direction that truly benefits patients.”

Despite every good intention, scientists cannot save lives without help. “I want Gateway to become the leader in not only knocking down bureaucratic doors but in opening thousands of new ones for researchers,” says Bisconti.

Gateway currently funds over 20 Phase I and Phase II clinical studies including Dr. Castro’s research study of immune responses against leukemia and lymphoma. To learn how you can contribute to furthering cancer research, visit GatewayForCancerResearch.org.