(By Delegate Renner)

[Introduced January 29, 2003; referred to the

Committee on Rules.]

Urging the West Virginia Legislature to restore and increase funding for services to senior citizens.

Whereas, West Virginia's median age is the oldest in the nation and West Virginia's percentage of population over age sixty is second only to the state of Florida; and
Whereas, Over 260,000 senior citizens proudly call West Virginia their "Home"; and
Whereas, Programs and services for senior citizens such as nutrition and in-home care save the State millions of dollars in hospital and nursing home cost; and
Whereas, Senior citizens have not received their fair share of lottery dollars and appropriations of lottery dollars for senior citizens have not exceeded twenty-two percent and have significantly decreased to a low of thirteen percent; and
Whereas, The Governor's executive budget decreases overall funding for senior citizens programs; and
Whereas, Services such as transportation, medication management, in-home services and nutrition must be adequately funded to meet the needs of West Virginia's rapidly growing senior population, including low-income rural elderly presently at-risk of premature institutionalization; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the West Virginia Legislature make every effort to restore and increase funding for services to senior citizens.