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Gillibrand Pledges Better Care for Seniors

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is reaching out to the city's seniors and touting a plan to help them out. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

REPORTER: New York's junior senator toured three Brooklyn senior citizen centers to announce a three-point plan that she says would provide better care to the city's elderly population. Speaking at the Fort Greene Stuyvesant Heights Senior Center, Gillibrand says seniors are facing an onslaught of cutbacks which can adversely affect their health.

GILLIBRAND: There's been cut to services, there's been cuts to the number of social workers that are available to work with you, there's been cuts to health care benefits, there's problems with our caregivers not enough background checks to make sure the right people are here to care for us.

REPORTER: Gillibrand says her plan includes stronger background checks of professional health care personnel, and seeks funds to train family care givers to take care of older adults. For WNYC, I'm Elaine Rivera.

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