Senator Kelly Statement on Democrats’ Agenda for Seniors

January 31, 2014

State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21), Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Aging Committee, made the following comments today in response to the Democrats’ 2014 agenda for seniors:

“I am pleased to see a step in the right direction in support of the needs of our aging citizens. This plan is a good start, but more can be done to improve the lives of our seniors, to increase the quality of their healthcare, and to better the lives and resources of family members and caregivers.

“Today’s proposal recognizes aging in place as a goal that all seniors aspire to achieve. No one wants to go to a nursing home. As the state with the seventh oldest population in the nation, Connecticut’s demand for aging in place is increasing and so is the need for more services. We need to look at better ways to enable seniors to stay in their homes longer, and to improve their quality of life, and that of caregivers.

“There are additional measures Connecticut can take in support of aging in place. We need to reform Medicaid, improve home health care services and access, and enhance respite services for caregivers.

“As the legislative session begins, I look forward to addressing many of these issues in the months ahead. I see this proposal as only the beginning. It certainly is not the end.”