Prepare yourself for big new cuts in government support for elder care.
In his State of the Union address last evening, President Obama called for a five-year freeze on a narrow slice of the federal budget. Unfortunately, programs subject to the freeze would include many that are critically important to the frail elderly and younger people with disabilities–especially those living in the community.
This is only the beginning of what will be a very difficult period. Yet it is an opportunity for communities to pull together to provide services that government may no longer offer.