What value will the upcoming federal census have on seniors? According to the Web site www.civilrights.org census data on age help policy makers target approximately $200 billion in federal funds and services to senior citizens. For examples both state and county agencies will use the data collected this year to forecast the number of people eligible for Social Security and Medicare.
Planners will also use the data not only to determine the number and location of hospitals, health service centers and retirement homes, but to ensure that comparable public transportation services are available in the future.
The Nutrition Education Program uses the data to help elderly persons obtain nutritionally sound meals through senior citizen distribution centers or via meals-on-wheels programs.
Funds are distributed through programs developed for people with disabilities and the elderly under the Rehabilitation Act.
Federal agencies use the collected information to award federal grants under the Older Americans Act based on the number of elderly people with physical and mental disabilities.
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How Federal Census Helps Seniors