A wide swath of America says the nation needs to provide more support to seniors, according to a poll commissioned by aging services nonprofit LeadingAge.
The organization commissioned an online poll of 800 people over age 18 last month. More than 85% agreed now is the time to think about building a better system for older adults; 83% said the U.S. government has failed to support seniors.
The government needs to take responsibility, the poll found. Nearly 90% of respondents said the government has an important role in ensuring that seniors are taken care of and 86% said it must make a bigger investment in services and care for seniors, LeadingAge said. Only 22% of those polled said the government is already spending too much on older adults.
For months, LeadingAge has been actively lobbying the Biden administration and Congress to include funding for the care economy and home-and-community-based services for seniors in an infrastructure package. The nonprofit is seeking higher wages and training for care workers, expanded integrated care models, increased investment in affordable senior housing and a plan to finance long-term care.