The 15th session of the South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature was held Sept. 10-12 in Columbia.
The three legislative priorities we approved were: Increased funding for in-home and community-based services. The state has funded $2.9 million each year, but we would like to increase the amount and make sure these services are permanently funded. Transportation for seniors. Many people cannot get to their doctors, pharmacies or churches because there is no public transportation for them. Other cities have formed services that pick up and drop off seniors on a regular basis at little cost. We think we can accomplish that as well. A guardian ad litem program for vulnerable adults. Too many seniors are at the mercy of abusive family members and health care workers. We would like to see a program similar to the program for vulnerable children.
We have also agreed to work with state Sen. Thomas Alexander and the Joint Committee on Aging to help with the restructuring of programs to prevent duplication of services. Alexander was our guest speaker and has assured us that we have a place in the discussions. We expect to attend two meetings in November to see what we can do to help.
We think these three priorities are important to the 950,000 seniors in our state. If you would like more information about the Silver Haired Legislature or would like to join the Lowcountry Caucus, please get in touch with me.
Beaufort County delegate
S.C. Silver Haired Legislature