Congresswoman Nita Lowey of New York has scheduled an event for Thursday to announce her plan to provide a caregiver credit for Social Security in terms of calculating the number of years in the workforce. This issue has increasingly come up in recent years because of concern about caregiving and the fact that women often have lower benefits due to maternity time taken. I referred to this problem in a blog post earlier this month.
I was on vacation in the Adirondacks last week and read about cuts in the senior meal programs being proposed in St. Lawrence County. Seniors are upset about the cuts and have turned out for county meetings to protest but the county is, so far, continuing with plans to cut about $150,000 from the program by providing frozen meals on Fridays and closing two meal sites in rural towns. The county would provide more home delivered meals in those areas. This is kind of a catch 22 situation because the meal programs are the most visible and popular senior programs and the county contributed extra money to them. However with a budget crisis hitting the county, a prime target is this county “overmatch” of meals funding and, cutting county dollars won’t cause a loss of state or federal dollars. A decision on whether the cuts will go forward will come in September or October.
I also stopped by the Saranac Village at Will Rogers senior independent living residence in Saranac Lake. This is quite a place. It was an old tuberculosis sanitarium for Vaudeville entertainers who went to Saranac Lake which was one of the most prominent places for persons treating their TB. The old sanitarium now has 73 seniors living there and it still has the stage built for the entertainers to perform. That is part of the current dining room. Also, the adjoining room as a big fireplace made from Adirondacks rocks. If you get up that way stop by and say hello. They love to have visitors.