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August 11, 2003

Albany-- Southwest Georgia may have more senior citizens than ten years ago, but the region has a lot less money to support them.

The Council on Aging's budget is being slashed by $90,000 dollars. That's because of the dramatic population increase of older people in North Georgia and Atlanta. According to the 2000 Census, Southwest Georgia's older population increased by roughly four thousand people--a tiny jump in comparison to other areas.

Right now, there are more than 800 names on waiting lists for senior services, like Meals on Wheels. Council on Aging Director Kay Hind says, "So when we talk about cutting not only can we not bring new people on, we are talking about people on the program now."

Council on Aging Director Kay Hind says she does not know which programs will see budget cuts. But it will likely be home and community based programs.

Posted at 3:20 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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